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Bill McQueen (N9CLL)

January 1, 2004

It is with sad and deep regret that I post the passing of Bill McQueen/N9CLL. Bill made the transition from CB like most of us but Bill was also a member of a long gone CB sideband group having the handle 17W6. To those who still remember, the 17W group was the Ohio Sidebanders Association of yesteryear. Bill joined the ever growing fraternity of SK's from our area on the very first day of 2004... He had just turned 81 a few months back and had been in failing health since the beginning of 2003... 73's my good friend for you will always be in our thoughts and will also be remembered at our Dayton Hamvention get-togethers... Al/W8AII John/AD8G Denny/N8ACF

Contributed by: Al Mytyk (W8AII)

My family and I were deeply saddened when we got news that Bill McQueen, N9CLL had passed away. Bill was one of the first few hams I talked to on the air after getting my tech ticket in '93. Bill was part of a great group of hams in the Chicago suburbs that used to hang out on 146.430 simplex and have round tables pretty late into the night. 146.43 was known as "Bill's place" it was like having a hotline to him, it seemed like anytime you called for him on there he was there. I always looked forward to talking to Bill and the gang because there was acceptance there for "newbies" like myself. I can still remember his usual greeting when I got on the frequency, "Mark, glad to hear you on here tonight, how ya doin' kid!". Bill truly treated everyone kindly and would do anything possible to help them advance. We'd all frequently meet up at local restaurants with our XYL's for dinner and great conversation, it was like a big family. I miss those days. Bill was responsible for lighting a fire under me to learn the code. Through his dedication to amateur radio and all the on air code classes he did on 146.43, many of us learned code even though we didn't think it was possible. Without his encouragement I probably wouldn't be an Extra today. 73 my friend and Elmer, you will be missed. Mark N9XK

Contributed by: Mark S. Seidler (N9XK)

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