W8CAR and W1NN Mentioned in WPX Write-up
The November, 2016 issue of CQ Magazine carried the results of the 2016 WPX CW Contest and two NCC members were mentioned in the second paragraph of the results article:
Thunderstorms are a part of life in the springtime. Rain began to fall before the contest in France where W1NN had set up operations in a 300-year-old windmill (see Photos A & B). OK1LL found he had to “park” his tribander among the flowers in the garden for protection from lightening (see Photo C). In the states, W8CAR was forced off the air after lightning struck his tower.
It was quite a coincidence that the two NCC members were mentioned in the same context although they were operating on different continents. Of course, for Dan, this is not the way anyone wants to be mentioned in a magazine and his station sustained considerable damage (see the NCC News article published on July 20 for details on Dan’s recovery from the strike). Hal spent the hours before the WPX trying to nap in his car amidst a tremendous lightning storm, but survived to complete the contest and place first in the SOAB LP category for France. And CQ magazine carried two pictures of Hal’s operation. Pictures of Dan’s lightning strike and Hal’s operation can be found in the Photo Gallery