Thursday, October 6, 2022

CQ News: Mark Wohlschlegel, WC3W, Named CQ DX Marathon Director

(Photo courtesy WC3W)
(Sayville, NY) – Mark Wohlschlegel, WC3W, has been appointed as Director of the CQ DX Marathon, CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. Mark succeeds John Sweeney, K9EL, who has held the post since the program was reinstituted in 2006.

An electrical engineer, Mark has been a ham radio operator since age 12. He currently lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with his wife of 49 years. Both his wife and two adult children are licensed hams. Due to antenna restrictions in his home community, Mark and a ham friend have built a remote station about 80 miles from his home QTH (photos on Mark and his wife spend about five months of each year in Grand Lake, Colorado, where he has a small HF station and a UHF repeater.

Mark’s operating preferences are CW, FT8, and SSB, in that order.  He routinely chases DX on all bands. Besides amateur radio, Mark flies single engine airplanes, enjoys motorcycle riding and sailing, and is a musician in his church.

Wohlschlegel says his goals for the DX Marathon program include working to double participation over the next 3-5 years by increasing the number of categories and encouraging greater participation by DX clubs around the world.

“I want to thank John Sweeney for getting the DX Marathon up and running in 2006 and guiding it successfully through the past 16 years,” said Moseson. “Building an activity like this from the ground up is a huge challenge. I also look forward to working with Mark in the future. I am very impressed with his dedication to the DX Marathon program and his vision for its future.”

Wohlschlegel will take over as DX Marathon director with the 2023 running of the year-long activity. Complete rules for the 2023 CQ DX Marathon will appear in the November issue of CQ.