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Ray Balch (K6VX)


He will be Missed

Contributed by: Dan Mattingly (N0FQN)

This was written by D.W. Thorne K6SOJ May 8, 2003 - Ray Balch, K6VX, QTP (came into [final] port), SK. Ray was born in 1926 and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U. S. Navy as a young man, and literally "saw the world through a porthole." He continued serving as a radio officer in the U. S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marine. He earned his first amateur radio license in 1947. After leaving maritime duty, and as a graduate of Cornell University, Ray traveled extensively as a technician, engineer, and representative for Lockheed Aircraft, Philco Corporation, and the Raytheon Company. He spent many years working in Alaska, before settling in Saratoga, California where he owned and operated the successful Balch Construction Company. Ray was an avid flier and a member of the Silver Wings Aviation Pathfinders and the Confederate Air Force. When he retired in 1991 he moved to his "DX Heaven" near Macdoel, California. Although he held many amateur radio awards prior to the move to Siskiyou County, he "started his count all over again" when he went on the air within a few days after his arrival in the Butte Valley. Between 1991 and 2003 he earned nearly every radio award known. To name a few: 5 Band DXCC (he actually had DXCC on 9 bands), 5 Band WAS, All Band WAS, 5 Band WAZ, 160M WAZ, 160M WAS, DXCC Honor Roll, RTTY DXCC, Worked All Pacific and DXCC Challenge (2500 "band countries"). He loved DXing, CW, QRO, and later QRP including kit building. He was an excellent restorer of vintage gear. Ray was member of the ARRL, the Northern California DX Club, Northern California DX Foundation, the QCWA and a charter member of The SOJOURNERS. Ray now is using those "silver wings". And, if, on some cold, clear, starry winter night; you have your beam pointed towards the heavens, listen carefully. You may hear this faint signal... CQ DX CQ DX CQ DX DE K6VX QTH Asteroid X K

Contributed by: Dan Mattingly (N0FQN)

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