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Walter A Baron (W8DCL)
Walt, W8DCL, was the most knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic "Ham" I've ever had the pleasure to call "My Friend". He loved to build antennas, erect towers and experiment with new antennas whenever he could. Some may remember chatting with Walt, over his "WB-50" microphone: those are his initials and what he paid for it at a swap: $0.50. But I'll always remember Walt and his lovely wife Toni, when upon my mom passing away from cancer, they gave me the only Christmas present I would receive that year( and many others that would follow). A hand knited scarf. Walts greatest achievement with Antennas would be the 375 foot unterminated rombic he still has in his back yard. ( one non-ham friend thought it was a ski lift! Hi Hi) Sgt.Walter Baron served his country in WWII and received 4 overseas service bars, a Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars. He enjoyed his retirement from the C & O Railroad, where he was a technician. His love of all animals still goes on with bird houses he made for the Boy Scouts.
Walt, you have touched my life, and I as well as many others, are so much better for it. I do miss you my friend.
Contributed by: Richie Ranta (K8JX)
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