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Roy Hawkins (WA9KEC)
February 29, 2000
I have known Roy for over 10 years. Not only was he a good friend but he was a true ham; always willing to lend a helping hand, knowledgable in all aspects of our hobby and able to make most anything work.
Roy has been a cornerstone of our annual Field Day operation, N9AU, for decades. His superb organizational skills and limitless experience has contributed a great deal to our team's success over the years.
Roy was also an early pioneer in Packet Radio and was the Wisconsin forwarding hub for many years. His knowledge of computers was amazing....even he was able to get 4 simultaneous serial ports running on my computer!
Goodbye Hawk.....I hope the Pabst is cold where you are :)
Contributed by: Gary Schwartz (K9GS)
Roy Hawkins, WA9KEC, became a silent key on February 29, 2000. Roy was a Life Member of the West Allis Radio Amateur Club and was active in many capacities for 35 years. Roy served as President in 1975, as Hamtrix editor from 1987-88 and as our first Swapfest Chairman. Most importantly, he was always there when we needed him, always offering solutions to problems.
Roy was the driving force behind the early years our Midwinter Swapfest. A small group of members gathered in Roy's living room in 1971 to explore the possibility of the club sponsoring a swapfest to raise money. They left that meeting having committed their own money to put on the first WARAC Midwinter Swapfest. Through Roy's efforts as Chairman, the swapfest grew rapidly in size and popularity. The Swapfest has made it possible for WARAC to be in the position of being able to give many thousands of dollars in scholarships over the years.
Roy helped make many a Field Day a memorable one, especially the year of the infamous toppling tower. He was always eager to try something new each year to see if we could improve the operation and have more fun. The Field Day crew always ate and drank well when Roy was in charge.
To the Amateur Radio community in general, Roy was well known for providing packet nodes and a bulletin board station from his hilltop location in Waukesha County. He became interested in packet radio in its early days and became knowledgeable in each new development in that field. His packet station was a key hub in the message forwarding network in Wisconsin for many years.
I will remember Roy as a great friend with whom I built my first computer, my first packet station and a UHF repeater. There was always something to experience and learn when hanging around with Roy. He will be missed by many.
Roy is survived by his wife Kitty and his daughter Margaret. His ashes will be scattered from a hot air balloon, another of his many passions. His family has asked that memorials for Roy go to the WARAC Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by: WA9POV (WA9POV)
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