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Author Topic: Dead Ham/ Storm Chaser  (Read 4563 times)
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« on: June 03, 2013, 06:24:41 AM »

Many news reports over the weekend.  Tim Samaras WJ0G was killed chasing a tornado in El Reno Oklahoma. His adult son was with him and also perished.  In a CNN interview, one who knew Samaras claimed, "there's no one safer than Tim".  

On his eHam profile, he states that his wife does not like Ham Radio    "My wife has made it perfectly clear that she does NOT want to deal with my crap when I become a silent key".  

That said, he appears to have been an accomplished technologist and educator.  Practicing safety is not enough. You need luck too. His ran out.

"http://www.wltx.com/news/national/article/239018/142/Storm-Chasers-Deaths-Raise-Questions-About-Practice

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 11:22:42 AM »

I think they simply chased that one too closely. You cannot depend on luck doing that and hope to survive. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 01:52:05 PM »

They did a lot of work researching and learning about tornadoes to try to increase warning time (TWISTEX), something that could help save lives. I'm sure he was well aware of the risks involved (there are plenty of life risking occupations out there). My condolences.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 02:00:52 PM »

Hey Mike, long time.  Yep his luck gave out and our hearts go out to his family.  Hope you are doing well.

John..
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WA4D
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 05:14:54 PM »

Hello John!

Yes it has been years.  I'm out here in So Calif

Ham QTH WA4D

Best
Mike
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2013, 12:15:08 PM »

Hello John!

Yes it has been years.  I'm out here in So Calif

Ham QTH WA4D

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Mike

I grew up in Laguna Beach, my parents still live there but getting up in years.  I visit every year and we are seriously thinking about relocating to San Diego.

Best to you too, John.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2013, 12:16:46 PM »

It doesn't take but a second or two for a bad situation to become dangerous, then life threatening.  I'm sure they knew the risks and just found themselves in a situation where there was nowhere to go to to get out of the way.  As was said, their luck simply didn't hold this time, and that's all it took.  Condolences to their families.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2013, 02:13:45 PM »

this tornado went batwing nuts pretty quickly, and you can't out-think a nut.  they upgraded the storm today to EF5, almost 300 MPH, and the widest tornado in US history at 2.6 miles wide.

oh, and it was dipping multiple vortices.

along with all the wannabees along the road with their cellphone cameras, this was kinda one step beyond dangerous.  rest in peace, Tim, one last lesson learned and shared.
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2013, 06:13:52 PM »

Long ago when I was younger and dumber I used to track twisters a few months a year with 2 meters in 70's and 80's. I always stayed behind them and if caught by surprise, departed at right angles to its path quickly. Never pushed luck. Quit in 90's and only get involved when it is near home today. 
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2013, 09:40:13 PM »

It's difficult to keep things in perspective when in the middle of something like this.  What happened was they made a mistake, took something for granted that you shouldn't.  Everyone makes mistakes, sometimes those mistakes will 'bite' you.  They got 'bit'.
 - Paul
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