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November 6th, 2000
Dick, K6CID was a will know Ham from my hometown of Riverside California. It was recent that I found out that he passed away in 2000. I used to talk to him when I first got into Ham Radio back in 1983. We talked on 20 meters and on 2 meters and I remember a three way QSO we had with a Ham in South Africa. That was a lot of fun. One time Dick invited me to his house and met his family. I was in college at that time. What was also amazing about Dick is that he retired from 2 careers one with the USAF at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and worked for the County of Riverside after that. He was so friendly and a joy to visit and talk to. He had a Kenwood TS180S with a KT34XA antenna and worked lots of DX. I am sure all the veteran hams in Riverside sure miss him...
Glenn N6INM/5 San Antonio, Texas
Contributed by: Glenn Axelrod (N6INM)
Dick Birbeck K6CID was indeed a very interesting individual! I had met him early in my tenure as an officer of the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association in the 1980‘s. Dick was active both in the general activities of the club, and also on occasion RACES. My most interesting recollection of Dick was the stories he recounted about his duties with the “Berlin Airlift”. He was tasked with commanding the maintenance division that kept all those C-47’s capable of round the clock air worthiness!
Contributed by: John Wendt (WA6BFH)
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