Discussion in 'Silent Keys / Friends Remembered' started by KE0EYJ, Mar 16, 2018.
I'll never go there again....
Were you an anchor clanker?
I have known a fair amount of Silent Keys over the years. Many I haven't known all that well. Outside of my dad, who wasn't active on the air but was the one who got me into the hobby the only other ham whose death really hit me hard was Gary W5ZL. I only knew Gary for a very short time, I met him when I was was regularly attending the Central Texas DX & Contest Club, at the time he was the President of the club. He welcomed me in the group and IMHO embodied what it really means to be an amateur. He is pictured below giving me the door prize I had won at the 2011 Summerfest, I had a chance to sit down with him that way and we talked for what seemed like quite a while as I learned about his history both in radio and outside of radio. He was a remarkable guy and one of those hams that I won't forget.
I miss Frank Masure, KA7CGG.
He used to really light up a local repeater. Kinda and willing to tolerate the most obtuse offenders of logic. That repeater (W7LT) has since become nearly dead as he is.
Yet he became the instigator of a murder-suicide. Pissed me off to no end. I've never cried as much over another ham as I did him.
I helped clean up his shack, with the blessings of his brother, to sell the gear to go toward a local club he was a member of.
Never have I seen such vultures trying to snag his crap. All I got out of the experience was a batch of roaches.
In spite of his horrible offense, I miss that old-fart...
My Elmer, Stan, WD2G (SK, 2012)
For me it's my dad first. Never licensed for amateur radio but held "KYB7436" CB license. We used to sit and listen for "skip" to see who we could hear. I'm licensed now because of my dad. He passed in the summer of 2012. Best man I've ever known - ever.
Two other SK's I miss. Wayne Burlew (K0UJG) died of cancer a few years before I got my ticket. Worked with him back in the 80's. He was the first person to help me actually talk in the ham bands via 3rd party on his HT. His wife now has K0UJG.
The other SK I miss is Padre - W0WPD. He used to be active on our local Tuesday night net and was one of the VE's who administered my XYL's license exam. He had a great radio voice.
Until we meet again... 73
w7tyq Gary Williams 73 my friend
W2ONV.. The 1st stateside amateur i rx'ed as a shortwave listener, it was listening to bill on my Kenwood R-1000 that made my mind up abt taking the test myself..
"The Grim Reaper" has taken his toll on quite a few of my amateur radio friends.
Some have lived to a ripe old age, and some have been taken away far too early.
One SK that has got a special place in my heart is Olle/SM6ECR
that passed away from a heart condition in May 2002, only 51 years old.
We became friends at Uni during the mid-70's,
and then worked together in a large number of projects, as he ran a consulting business
which was doing design work for mainly industrial and communications electronics.
I came to use his expertise in both analogue and digital designs in many of the projects that I managed
in the Coast Radio and Air/Ground systems.
Besides being a very talented engineer, he also was a very nice person with many other talents, such as music and arts.
He also loved the sea and sailing which made it very appropriate that his legacy came to live on in the maritime VHF safety networks.
He is missed by family and by many friends and associates.
"Do not weep that I have gone,but rejoice that I have been"
His Son William D. has W2ONV as a Vanity call. Nice way to Honor his Dad.
Sareno (Bill) Salerno
May 09, 1924 - August 12, 2007
Obituary for Sareno (Bill) Salerno
Sareno (Bill) Salerno
of Saddle Brook
died August 12, 2007
Born in Garfield he lived in Saddle Brook for 48 years
He was a Communications Expert owning U.P.I Communications, Saddle Brook for over 25 years
He was a WWII Navy veteran
He was a parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle RC Church, Saddle Brook
He was an Amateur Radio Operator for 75 years
his wife of 56 years Ann (nee Krause)
1 son Dr. William D. Salerno and wife Audrey of Wyckoff
1 brother Anthony Salerno of Westwood
Rose Hammond of Parsippany
Marie Matros of FL
Grandfather of Erica and Alexis
Predeceased by his brother Frank and his sisters Phyllis Kimball, Angela Gambrill, Teresa Alaimo, and Frances Lupusnak
Visiting will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday
at the Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Ave., Garfield (973-340-7077).
A final visitation will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 16, 2007
in the funeral home, followed by a 11:00 am mass at
Our Lady of Mount Virgin RC Church, Garfield
Entombment St. Mary Cemetery, Saddle Brook
In lieu of flowers contributions to The Bill Salerno (W2ONV) Memorial Fund of the A.R.R.L. Foundation, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111
Would love to hear his son using his dad's call on HF, to log the call for me would be a bucket list item ticked off..