I wish to nominate Victor W. Paounoff, N4XR, to the YCCC Hall of Fame.
Many YCCC members of longstanding had contact with Vic many years ago when they were just starting in the hobby. Some made first contact through the NTS system. Others knew Vic as a work partner while he was manager of various electronic departments in numerous countries. Some of Vic’s longtime friends are W1WEF, W6PH, W1BIH, W1AX and W1RM.
Working in Canada, Japan, and Haiti, Vic’s most popular DX call was HH2VP.
Vic has been active in contesting throughout his amateur career and in the early days he constantly placed very high sometimes winning in the old CD parties and participated in the two week long DX contests. Vic has been #1 Honor Roll for many years. The wall of his shack has plenty of plaques to prove his contesting skills.
A member of The CT Wireless Assoc where FD was an all out effort usually battery powered. Vic is also a member of FOC and CWOps.
Whether in East Longmeadow Mass with a TV mast for a tower or from a hotel roof in Haiti Vic remained active and to this day though living with his daughter in Gettysburg, PA . maintains a modest station of a Ten Tec Eagle and vertical antenna strapped to the chimney.
Before moving to PA Vic had been a welcomed sight to almost all YCCC meetings and many of us consider Vic our mentor. I am sure other YCCC members can fill in much more information testifying to the character and worthiness of Vic receiving this recognition.
At the age of 94 he was a contributing member of our little subgroup of “The Barnstormers Contest Group” until moving away. He still stays in contact with most of us via email and an occasional CW QSO.
I am honored to placed Vic Paounoff’s name in nomination for the inaugural class of the YCCC HOF.
Dick Pechie – KB1H