Over the past week, the Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA) has had an unlicensed operator on the MMRA 145.430 Belmont repeater. He identifies as “Dean” and claims he lives in Milton or used to live in Milton (the story changes). He also claims to be 57. He uses the call sign W2RFW, which is not in the ULS database. He appears to engage in normal ham conversation, and other than the fact that he is unlicensed, does not appear to be causing any interference or exhibiting any inappropriate behavior.
There is a Dean, age 88 in Milton with the call sign W2RWF. Take note that the “WF” in this call sign inverted, is what the unlicensed operator is using. A member of the MMRA has spoken to the real Dean on the phone. He assures them that he is inactive. His voice is markedly different from the operator heard on ’43.
If you hear this individual on-the-air, please do not engage him. If you would like to do a check on the input to report his signal strength at your location, please send what you find to the MMRA – contact [at] mmra [dot] org.
The MMRA would be also interested in hearing if he has surfaced on other repeaters.