A couple of days ago, I have run across with an old friend, Cliff, K6KII on 40m CW. He seemed to have been involved in projects at his work. Shortly, he is going to Hawaii and, in the fall, is going to Guam. he said he had been to Guam in '60s and had operated as K6KII/KG6 as well as KG6AAY. The latter call has lit up my memory in '60s.
KG6AAY, a navy club station in Guam, used to be very active those days. I am sure I have worked it sometime, even though I am not sure of who was on the key. Cliff has operated the station in 1966/7. It is quite probable I have met him at this station then. Why have I remembered of this station so vividly? Because it sounded not only punchy but also very beautiful. The call sounded like a real music to me. I asked Cliff if they were running S line those days. His answer was yes as I supposed. Its mellow and pure tone on CW was really typical for Collins. Cliff told me they had had TH6DXX at 100 ft as well.
I have googled about this club station after the QSO with Cliff. Various sources told me it had started since late '40s and were most active in '60s and '70s. Jack, W0UCE, activated this club station as well, a little bit later than Cliff did. With that set up as well as the proficient operators like Cliff or Jack, this station must have been a real regular big gun from this island in the Pacific ocean those days.
Cliff's story has brought me back to good old days again.