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Bill (WA2WEJ)

Oct 2004

I am adding this entry late due to finding out this information late. Bill was the last of the "real HAMS" that took experimentation very seriously. He encouraged and supported many of the lives he touched, including mine, to build it, test it and make it work. That is a dieing art in Amateur Radio today. Bill never lost that principle. He would argue the point of the newer folks in the hobby today put down 200 bucks, get an HT and they call themselves a HAM. While controversial, true. Nobody built things like Bill. There is much truth to the saying " you never know what you had until its gone". Well, Bill is gone and we lost a very valuable individual; the likes of which this area will probabaly never see again. Bill, where ever you are, you made a difference. God bless you my friend, until we meet again; but not yet.

Contributed by: Anthony (N2KI)

I had the pleasure of spending one full afternoon with Bill in his shack - he made time just for me. As a new HAM I was interested in building a transmatch that he designed and showed at at QSY Society meeting earlier that year. Luckily, I took a few photographs of his transmatch and I share one of those here, with Bill holding it. It is a fine example of what N2KI stated earlier - "Nobody built things like Bill." Bill's electronics expertise was entirely self-taught, and the depth of his understanding of the subject became clear any time he would talk about his current project. I miss you, Bill, and I will never forget that time you gave to me.

Contributed by: Bob Solimeno (KC2JAV)

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