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Discussion in 'Silent Keys / Friends Remembered' started by MM0NDX, Nov 10, 2020.

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  1. WA6Q

    WA6Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    Truly an icon in Amateur Radio. His contributions are certainly astounding and I could only dream of reproducing some of his creations. His books along with photos (not for the faint of heart) regarding low-band performance arrays are in my library. I recall the first 20 meter CW contact with him as I was a bit nervous...his sense of humor was excellent as I tapped out "I am not worthy"..."I am not worthy" in reference to Wayne's World and we both laughed....wow! John knew eclectic American humor as he was so worldly aware.

    This planet is much more empty on this day...God Speed John

    With great respect,
    WA6Q
     
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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    He was one of my most memorable DX contacts - while I worked him several times on CW, my very first QSO was during 2013 CQWW on 15m SSB, when he broke stride in the contest and ragchewed with me for 20 minutes! He had such a deep resounding voice, and loved to chat. We talked about his books, DXing in general, etc. - one of my most memorable contacts ever

    Dave
    W7UUU

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  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page


    I've restored John's most recent bio. I do NOT believe this was an intentional profile deletion. No, I was not the one who deleted it....

    But I've now restored it to full view, John's most recent bio.

    Very sorry for the confusion - I'm pretty sure it's related to a macro used to change an account to SK.

    My best to all,

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  4. VA3VF

    VA3VF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unbelievable as it may sound, I only worked him once, in 2003.

    The one other reason I'll remember him is the fact that I purchased the 4th edition of his book in Dayton in 2005, my first time at the Hamfest. What's the big deal, you may ask?

    All the purchases I had made in Dayton were lost by the airline on my flight back. The only thing the was not was the book, as I had it with me to read during the flight. There may have been one other small item that was in the cabin with me, but I'm not sure.
     
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  5. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you, thank you!!
     
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  6. VA3VF

    VA3VF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you, Dave!!!
     
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  7. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I treasure a 15m SSB QSO with him.

    Me:. What are you doing way up here!?!?

    John: I just go with whatever is working.

    He was so loud and clear, I thought he was local.

    RIP good man.
     
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  8. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I eyeballed John a number of times over the years. He was instrumental in getting me on 160/80 meter with four squares.
    When I built my large European curtain last year he was my first Contact.

    He will be missed but his Publications Will Go On.
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  9. N5CM

    N5CM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I worked John on 40m and 80m CW. I remember after the first QSO remarking to my wife, "I just worked the guy who wrote this book" Low Band DXing. We both thought that was pretty neat.

    Our hobby has, unfortunately, lost some really nice and knowledgeable people this year.

    RIP ON4UN.
     
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  10. EA1DDO

    EA1DDO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Truly lighthouse and pioneer of the radio.
    I keep his book on my reference bookshelf, and QSOs in my memory.
    Thank you John.

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