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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Jack Bock (K7ZR)

March 2003

Jack, K7ZR of Clinton, WA, passed away after a long illness. Jack was my dear friend and ham radio buddy since 1963. Jack was an avid CW operator and DX chaser on 20 and 15 meters. Jack and I first met while we were stationed at U.S. Army Camp Zama, Japan as tech rep engineers building the Japan Tropo Scatter communications system. Later we both went to Thailand where we received Thai amateur call signs (HS). Later we were assigned back to Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan to work for the U.S. Navy. Jack re-engineered and modernized the Navy's HF radio ship to shore transmiter/receiver facilities and antenna farms. Goodbye old friend...gone but never forgotten.

Contributed by: R. J. Cleve (KW4CQ)

I also will miss Jack and his endearing nickname for me: "one dot shorter". The ham radio fraternity lost one swell guy and one fb cw op.

Contributed by: Jon Zabel (K7ZA)

Jack Bock was one of a kind. Over 20 years or so, I would go visit him and help him with stringing antennas on his rural land - he would patiently explain antenna theory to me and help me with my projects. One memorable night, he got a wild hair and decided to build a 6V6 final xmtr in a bread pan at midnight - it was built and on the air by 3AM. My lasting image of him was playing "Sweet Georgia Brown" on his ocarina as CW blared in the background. He had a rare combo of intense passion tempered by gentle kindness. Jack was a true "ham's ham" who is sorely missed.

Contributed by: John Parnell (K7HV)

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