Surviving Coal Miner is a HAM!

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  1. WB3DJL

    WB3DJL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I guess we have done all that we can do. I want to personally thank everyone for their involvement in this. I never dreamed it would mushroom like it did. My hope now is that Randal will one day be able to see how much support he was given from his fellow hams.
    73 guys
    Bernie ....wb3djl
     
  2. K7RAN

    K7RAN XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    According to the major wires, the latest news (March 2, 2006) is that Randall McCloy is having conversations with family and friends, responding appropriately, and, best of all, makes jokes occasionally. His family is especially happy that his humor and personality are returning. No word on whether he can yet walk or not. His wife was quoted as saying that he has limited memory of the accident, has talked about it in a very limited way, used the word "tragic" to describe what happened, but doesn't elaborate further than that at this point. Taken all together, Randall's progress has been tremendous in a very short period of time.
     
  3. W6BZH

    W6BZH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sent him a QSL along with a donation. The family graciously responded with a thank you card.

    Very good and deserving people. Makes one proud to be part of such a fine group of people, Hammy though we may be

    [​IMG]
     
  4. KD4FCC

    KD4FCC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey, I've not done all I could do.... Heading to the Charlotte, NC hamfest tomorrow with my brother Rick , KR4EX. I printed up 50 flyers , going to hand them out.....thanks to Fred, Bernie and all the other hams out there who brought this to our attention , ARRL printed an article last week....

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    Injured Miner Randy McCloy, KC8VKZ, Talking, Joking:


    from The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 09
    Website: http://www.arrl.org/ on March 3, 2006
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    Injured Miner Randy McCloy, KC8VKZ, Talking, Joking:

    Randy McCloy, KC8VKZ--the lone survivor of the January 2 Sago Mine disaster in Upshur County, West Virginia--is continuing to recover. Speaking on The Early Show on CBS TV March 2, McCloy's wife Anna told co-anchor Hannah Storm that her husband is talking again and even telling jokes.

    "He'll listen to jokes and understand," Anna McCloy told Storm. "He'll talk to me and the kids--just regular conversation."

    She also said McCloy has told her he remembers "bits and pieces" of the mining disaster that left 12 of his co-workers dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. McCloy, 26, who's been in a rehabilitation facility since January 26, also answers questions appropriately, recognizes his family and can "move quite well," Anna McCloy said. She has remained at her husband's side since his rescue.

    McCloy eats with assistance and has expressed distaste for institutional cuisine, instead preferring the restaurant and fast food fare his wife supplies.

    Anna McCloy says she's "not quite sure" if her husband realizes he was the only survivor of the mine mishap. "I don't question him about it. When he wants to talk about it, I listen to him, but I don't push him, and I don't question him," she said.

    One of Randal McCloy's physicians, Dr Julian Bailes, told Storm that McCloy has "improved beyond our expectations" during rehabilitation. "I think we see his old personality coming back."

    Well-wishers have been sending cards and QSLs to McCloy at PO Box 223, Philippi, WV 26435. A fund has been set up to accept donations for McCloy's benefit: The Randal McCloy Jr Fund, c/o Clear Mountain Bank, 1889 Earl Core Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505.

    Source:

    The ARRL Letter Vol. 25, No. 09 March 3, 2006

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    by AI2IA on March 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
    Well-wishers have been sending cards and QSLs to McCloy at PO Box 223, Philippi, WV 26435. A fund has been set up to accept donations for McCloy's benefit: The Randal McCloy Jr Fund, c/o Clear Mountain Bank, 1889 Earl Core Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505.

    It's so easy to send Randal a QSL card with a cheerful message! Feel good when you drop one in the mail box. This fellow ham went through one heck of an ordeal!


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    thanks guys , I'm going to make it my job tomorrow to hand out 50 copies of this.. hope it helps...If not, it cost me a little time, ink and paper.....think of what he lost... he's going to have a long way to come back.

    what does a card or qsl cost to send.....or a few sawbucks...

    thanks for reading....

    73's ...Chris

    KD4FCC ( would you give up this call ?) [​IMG]
     
  5. K8FDW

    K8FDW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello Randell I live in Upshur county neear Sago Coal mines.My Amayeur Radio Callis Wv8bu and my Wife is N8fdw Looking forward to meeting you sometime. Visit my Web site at www.angelfire.com/wv2/wv8bu or our church site at www.waysidebaptist.com we can be found daily on Christian Amateur Radio with Wv8bu and w7mxy on paltalk instant messanger. if you need that program just go to www.paltalk.com and down load its free. Screen name is Fred_Stacy_wv
     
  6. KB8AMZ

    KB8AMZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    At our January 2006 club meeting we passed the hat for the injured coal miner and his family. We received confirmation at our February 2006 meeting that our check was received and news that Randall was making progress with his recovery.

    73's,

    Secy/Treas. NEO-O ARC, N8EOO [​IMG]
     
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