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William J Macon (KW3C)
Bill was always welcoming my visits, his Ten-Tec Omni glowing brightly in the evening light. He always had CW going, and often would encourage me to make a contact or two. Since he lived in an apartment complex, he had stealthy wires running along this tree and that one, mostly unnoticed.
He was a patient teacher, often making code tapes for his students. Holding novice classes at the Beaver County 911 Center, he was always cheerful even though the cancer was getting worse.
As I left for the Air Force in 1987, Bill would tell me stories of how he'd been in Italy during WWII, often making them adventurous remembrences of past days. He never complained of much, except maybe the fools on 2 meters at the time (lots of politics then).
I remember a key phrase he used: "Work the 'L' out of it" - meaning CW of course.
Thanks Bill, I can still hear your CW on 17 meters some nights...
Contributed by: Tony Casciato (AI9X)
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