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Don Miller W9WNV Interview Video

Don Miller, W9WNV Interview by Martti Laine, OH2BH

Amateur Radio Video W9WNV Don Miller OH2BH Interview

We are all powered by dreams of distant lands, rare DX, and the urge to compete and stand up at the podium. Those dreams are often inspired by those whom we admire and want to be on par with – or even more.

Don Miller, W9WNV, was once a DX hero and a CQWW Contest SOAB dual record holder (cw/ssb) but suddenly left the industry. On DXpeditions, Don was eagerly followed by most of the DXing world. Martti, OH2BH wanted to emulate his efforts and become of his kind. What did Don do to create this following?

It was Christmas 2016 when Don Miller, W9WNV, and Martti Laine, OH2BH, gathered at Martti’s Finland home at his 70th anniversary party. This meeting brought back reminiscences of the days when our industry was still young and provided an interesting playing field for the evolution of our great DX passion. For this visit, Finland was a new country for W9WNV.

During this meeting in Finland, Don was caught on video talking about his earlier operations and his operating methods. Many aspects of how we operate now were pioneered by Don Miller. Split operation, “5NN,” pileup management techniques; looking back, many of these techniques were first implemented during Miller’s operations.

Don talks about some of these issues in the following Youtube video.
Below is a link to “W9WNV -- Visiting Finland in 2016” a video in 5

Part 1 Legendary DX Peditioner of the 1960s

Part 2 The way of being in charge of the thundering Pile-up!

Part 3 Birth of Thea First Ever DX Handbook for The Deserving!

Part 4 DXing is a Way of Life a State of Mind!

Part 5 Going back in time for 50 years to VQ9AA/F

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Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: UA3POW
  • 2018-02-10 05:54:13
Well, we all know since donkey´s years that he was a fraud, so why not just forget this shameful episode from the annals of amateur radio as we have forgotten Romeo Stepanenko. Note that they both ended up in jail!
Rating: 5 of 5
Hunt Turner
  • Callsign: K0HT
  • 2017-07-28 08:39:35
Wonderful! And thank you all. Maarti you learned a lot from your mentor. I have worked you lots over the years and have your books and Don's too. Now inside vertical under metal roof, QRP with 5 Watts. Got you from both 70th birthday islands. I hope you got the cartoon pix I sent you years ago. All the best, fellows. 73 Hunt Turner K0HT ex W4ONA
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: 4X4DK
  • 2017-03-12 04:35:55
Very interesting stories with exiting memories of 50 years back reminds me sitting days and nights trying to get a QSO with those pioneer DXpeditions, which made Ham radio for me and for others a real challenge. Thanks to you Don and Martti for all the new countries which fotunately i have them all. Looking foreward to hear you soon on the bands Don. 73 Ami 4X4DK
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: K6QQQ
  • 2017-03-07 01:46:20
Some of you may be taken aback about Jess' comments below. I knew Don personally. Worked all his DXpeditions back in the old days. I had tremendous respect and admiration at one time -- but that ended quickly as more and more facts became public. But Jess is correct. And why OH2BH chose not to get into those issues, I'll never understand.
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: 4Z4KX
  • 2017-03-06 03:45:26
Thanks Martti and Don for those interesting stories. We all waiting for you back soon Don. 73 ! Mark 4Z4KX
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: KR4OJ
  • 2017-03-04 12:31:06
You younger hams have a much different remembrance of Don Miller than some of us old timers. What about Don's expedition to Maria Theresa Island?. A mythical Pacific Island, where the ocean is actually several hundred fathoms deep. How about Don's expedition to Aves Island, where he later admitted took place while just sailing around it the Caribbean Sea, nowhere near ANY land. These and other operations were later removed from DXCC totals, by the ARRL. What about the pay to play operations, where it was rumored that if you were a so-called big gun DXer and didn't contribute, Don somehow couldn't hear you. He could, however, hear your non DXer wife, using the same rig. Lastly, I loved your comment "suddenly left the industry" Why not expand on that? Did it have anything to do with "someone" erroneously soliciting an undercover agent to do away with a wife, and when convicted, spent prison time? "Disappeared from the industry", sounds about right :))
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: VE7OJ/W7
  • 2017-03-04 11:52:21
Great series of videos! I listened and worked Don during those DXpedition years and got a bunch of new ones. Thanks! Brian, VE7OJ/W7
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: K9AW
  • 2017-03-04 11:09:30
Rating: 5 of 5
Dan Whitsett
  • Callsign: W4BRE - Huntsville, AL
  • 2017-03-04 10:44:33
Martti and Don: Thanks for this!! Somehow the 'Old Days' were special!! 73, W4BRE
Rating: 5 of 5
  • Callsign: KR4OJ
  • 2017-03-04 01:10:10
Correction on my previous. That was Don's so-called Peter & Paul Rocks operation, not Aves island, that I mentioned which was, among others, dis-allowed for DXCC