Updated 4-15-2009

May 2009 Column
Same 'Old Radio's, same 'Old Stories', same 'Old Place', only the name has changed .


Everett Sutton, 7DJ, Port Angeles, Washington
contacts Don Mix on the Schooner Bowdoin at the North Pole

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His mother was born on her father’s sailing vessel in the China Sea and spent her early years in the Orient, being educated there. At the age of 12 she made her home at the family residence in Searsport, Maine, finishing her high school course there. She then moved to Port Angeles, WA, and was employed by Western Union as a telegraph operator. His parents were married in May 1907 and they moved to Port Crescent,WA. His mother was employed in the local telegraph office there and at Port Angeles again on her return in 1915.

Everett Sutton was born on July 6, 1908 and moved to Port Angeles when his father was transferred there in 1915. I suppose it was only natural that he would learn Morse code after he became interested in ham radio at age 15. His father gave him a key and he learned the Morse and International codes on his own and became expert in both.

Everett poses for a photo on his front steps after the big contact with Don Mix at the North Pole.

A 1923 magazine article about Sutton said, “His aunt was the first woman in the United States to obtain a radio license.” I have not been able to confirm this, who, but it is obvious that someone in his family had influenced him to get into ham radio.

From Don Mix's 1924 Diary

John Dilks, K2TQN    125 Warf Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-8501   e-mail: K2TQN@arrl.net