Episode 241 – Joe Lynch – N6CL

Joe Lynch, N6CL, began his ham radio story over 50 years ago in Bonita, California. After a stint in Vietnam, a career as minister, and an amateur radio journalist for CQ Magazine focused on VHF and above, Joe, is now the director of religious education at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  Both he and his wife, Carol, are active ham radio operators. N6CL has always been active in amateur radio emergency services, including at the site of the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. N6CL is my QSO Today.

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Joe’s links:

Current status: Director of Religious Education at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York

Hometown: Bonita, California

First License: 1961, Novice, Age 13, WB6PDE


First Rig:

Current rig:

Kitchen home station:


South Bay Amateur Radio Society, Chula Vista

ARES Emergency Coordinator

Emergency Operations Center, National City, California

Johnson Viking Ranger

US Navy Apprentice Electronic Mechanic


North Island Naval Air Station, Point Loma

VHF Rover

Radio Havana

ARRIS – Amateur Radio
aboard the International Space Station

STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

Oklahoma City bombing of the Federal Building, April 1995

Oklahoma Section Manager

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Daytime Texas Traffic Net

West Point Amateur Radio Club Station – W2GKY

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: How to make amateur radio attractive to millennials and generation Z.

Maker Movement

Excited by: Advances in technology – SDR

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FT8 Digital Mode


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