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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Earl Rosa (W8CTY)



Fostered many young folks to get their license holding classes in his home. Not many like Earl around these days.

Contributed by: Ted Randall (WB8PUM)


Earl would open up his home for folks to come to a class where he would tuter folks to get their tickets. Not many folka around like Earl anymore.

Contributed by: Ted Randall (WB8PUM)


"Earl" was a very well liked person. He was quite active in Saginaw City/County Civil Defense communications. Although I was not "mentored" by "Uncle Earl", many others were introduced to a lifetime hobby and for some a step into their career field. Rest in Peace my old Friend !

Contributed by: GORDON BEAN (K8MRS)


"Uncle Earl", as he was called sometimes, was very well liked by the public and radio amateurs. He gave much of his personal time within the Saginaw City / County Civil Defense R.A.C.E.S. organization. Although I was not "mentored" by his "gift of time", many others found a new exciting hobby or for some a pathway to a lifetime career. Rest in Peace my old Friend.

Contributed by: GORDON BEAN (K8MRS)


earl w8cty was the person that got me into ham radio i was 14 yrs old and he took me in and tought me all about ham radio there was like 5 of us that he tought us he even tought us how to build our own transmiter 40 meter cw rig it worked great we used parts from old tv sets and learned a lot. we all took our first ham test down his basment and passed and we were off and running now i am a advance class and i thank earl rosa for teaching me the best hobbie in the world god bless him.

Contributed by: (WB8RKQ)


Earl and I became friends when I stopped by his store I spend many evenings at his house building my first rig under Earl's guiding hand. 73 my friend, I'miss you. Marty W8AKS

Contributed by: Martin Bluhm (W8AKS)


Uncle Earl, was probably one of the most soft spoken, kind joke playing gentleman that My father hung out with. He could really connect on a personal level with anyone he came across. and never treated anyone in a manner that they didnt deserve. My personal Favorite memory of him was at the Ojibway Island DxPedition. It was an elaborate april fools joke. you see Ojibway island is a small park just off the river back in saginaw, and he was in real form that day "hamming" it up for the people that thought they had reached a far away island. till they recieved thier confirmation cards..lol.... Seriously though I know I will miss him, and the beautiful rock art that he collected, cut, and polished. (had me fooled about the "Rock Show" he was taking me to when I was A boy..) Love you Uncle Earl, and I know the world misses such a kind and noble man such as you were. Jeff Duncan, son of Wd8jnq & Wd8jnr

Contributed by: Frog Leg (FROGLEG)


I lived in Saginaw from September 1971 until May 1973. Earl had a grocery store a couple of blocks from where I rented a house. I used to stop by his store and buy beer and talk about ham radio. He was a super helpful guy, which every town USED to have! He loaned me his Drake 2B receiver in 1973 when my own R4C was on the blink, and I was going to opeate a contes. In 2001 I stopped to visit him, and he GAVE me that receiver, which is now working again. I also purchased a Vibroplex bug from him, which belonged to another Saginaw legend, Bill Bruener, W8QQK...later W8IZ. You don't find "Earl's" anymore. There is no longer a younger generation of hams to replace him. RIP, Earl...73 Don K8MFO

Contributed by: Donald A. Karvonen (K8MFO)


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