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March 24, 2004
David died of cancer. He died March 24, nearly a year after it was detected. His humor in a horrible situation was world class. His CEA count (reading of the Cancer cell activity in the bloodstream) ( A Normal person has a CEA of between 0-5.) had climbed from 191 in April 2003 to 800 in August. In Dave’s own words, “I told the doctor if the counts reached 1000 to....SELL!!!! He started to laugh before he had a chance to think about it.”
Over the years, Dave shared a number of observations to which Hams can relate. Everything in italics is pure Dave.
He got his start in repair as a kid carrying home TVs discarded by the repair shop - “I can remember twice getting the unkind zap from the high voltage feed to the picture tube anode that caused me to be shoved across the room with a very strong residual headache that lasted for at least an hour. It was during one of these encounters that I learned that a wood handled screwdriver was NOT one of the preferred tools of a person that worked with electricity.”
His start in Ham Radio – “My Uncle bought me an ARRL handbook during one of his visits to our home in Ft. Myers, Florida...the year was1964, I was 12.”
His first receiver was a Lafayette Model HA226. A Heathkit DX 60B was his first transmitter.
In the 1970s, the Army trained him on the prc25 backpack radio as a forward observer.
After the military, he went into commercial radio. – “I had a Boss that I over heard telling the Chief of Police that he could get away without having to pay his technicians what they were worth because they loved their work so much that they would almost do it for free! It took awhile to sink in but I finally figured out it was time that I got promoted to management.”
His most satisfying QSL was with a German station that could not believe he was set up on his driveway with a 25-watt Radio Shack rig.
His advice to me on how to teach my college classes – “Behave yourself and try not to fart in class!”
Finally, the article he would like to see in QST -
"I would like to write an article about getting all the males between 45
and 55 to get tested for colon cancer but I do not think they would
entertain such a theme for an article. After all, it hardly has anything to do with the Ham radio experience...but it might save someone and their family some grief later on."
Good advice Dave, we will miss you.
Contributed by: Roger Klingman (K0RMK)
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