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George Baker (W5YR)
March 17, 2005
It is hard to believe that the signal from the 'Yellow Rose' of Fairveiw, Texas is silent. George was one of the beautiful people of amateur radio - holding conversations with the Elite or spending hours with the new comers. His explanations of the various 'mysteries' of this great hobby were always done so that all could understand and learn more about what happens when you turn that switch or cut that wire.
My life became better when I met him on a Saturday morning net of the new KACHINA computer operated radios back in 1998 - 1999. He helped so many of us better understand what this marvelous new radio was doing - and what all it would do! I always looked forward to Saturday morning because I KNEW George was going to teach me something. Our friendship grew and when I ever needed something explained or researched, the 'Yellow Rose' was my man.
Amateur radio has lost a marvelous member of the fraternity an it has saddened me, personally knowing that the 'Yellow Rose' is silent.
George received the Class B license in 1946 at age 16 and a year later the Class A for phone operation on 75 and 20. The Extra came much later in 1954, along with a Ship Radar endorsement for his First Class Radiotelephone license.
After starting EE studies at Texas Tech College in 1949, he was in and out of amateur radio for the next several years while holding engineering jobs with RCA and GE. He completed graduate school at MIT in 1957 with an MSEE degree. His thesis research was a pulsed-Doppler radar receiver systems analysis.
George then joined Texas Instruments in Dallas and began work on the design and construction of TI's first digital computer. His 27+ year career at TI included research programs involving statistical data analysis by computer in the areas of underground nuclear seismic signal detection and medical EEG and EKG data.
George continued his vast knoweldge throughout his wonderful amateur radio career sharing his vast knoweldge with any or all that he talked with.
Truly, we have lost a marvelous person.
I have lost a great friend and mentor.
BOB HEIL, K9EID
Contributed by: BOB HEIL (K9EID)
I never met George, but we corresponded via email concerning station/antenna grounding and building good antenna's for all band use. He sent me photo's and descriptions of things to do. George gave me some good instruction on how to do things. I wish I could have met him in person. I will miss the email and the strong signal during the fox hunts.
Contributed by: Reginald J. Mackey Sr (K6XR)
Going to miss the Yellow Rose of Texas. George was one of the nicest of persons one can meet. Whenever I had a question I emailed George and within hours there was a reply. Enjoyed reading the posts on the reflector by George. This is a big loss for ham radio. I will miss George. God Bless You George.
Contributed by: (N3DRK)
I only knew George via e-mails and his reflector postings in recent years. He gladly explain the keying characteristics of the ICOM 756PROII and the IC-746PRO, and in doing so was just as decent as could be to a raw novice. He even sent me some graphs he had made of the 746PRO's keying and was in every way responsive. He pointed me toward the all-software FlexRadio, as the next logical step after the ICOMs, but this was (is) well beyond my reach technically.
I suspect now he is busy reverse-engineering an IC-7800 to see what makes it tick!
I appreciate K9EID's taking the time from his busy days to memorialize this fine gentleman.
Contributed by: John Rippey (W3ULS)
Please view the tribute to my dear friend George W5YR, on my website.
Best 73, Adam VA7OJ/AB4OJ
Contributed by: Adam Farson (VA7OJ)
George was a mentor to so many of us...more so than anyone I've ever met in the hobby. His enthusiasm and fabulous communication skills were great gifts to us all, and he will long be missed, and fondly remembered. RIP, George.
Contributed by: Lloyd Lachow, K3ESE (K3ESE)
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