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Tom Koontz (WA8EPS)
August 19, 2005
Tom Koontz, WA8EPS, formerly of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, and member of the Northern Virginia traffic net, became a silent key on August 19, 2005. He will be buried in his hunting clothes near his farm in Maine, in view of the woods he loved so well. All of us who knew him in Berkeley County WV and others who love him will miss the great hunting trips and memorable raghews. 73 Old Friend de KE4SKY
Contributed by: Charles E. Harris (KE4SKY)
What a shock. Tom and I met when I joined Martinsburg, West Virginia's Opequon Radio Society back in 2000. I had no ham budget at that time and no gear. When I upgraded to General, and mentioned that I had no gear but was interested in becoming an active member of ORS, Tom immediately had me over to his QTH and loaned me an old Swan 350 SSB rig so I could try out 20M phone and a Kenwood 2M FM rig so I could join the region's ARES net each week. I had those rigs for several months before I moved to Florida, but Tom never asked for them back once, never even mentioned it. Tom was the most supportive, encouraging guy in the club, and I don't think I would enjoy ham radio as much as I do today if not for him extending that trust. When I first joined ORS, I thought Tom was kind of curmudgeonly, but when I learned he was dealing with some pretty bad back problems from an on-the-job injury, it put it all in perspective. I was disheartened some when he and his XYL moved up to Maine, not just because I had to return his rigs ;?) , but because he was a great guy and the closest thing to an Elmer I'd ever had. Tom and I hadn't talked in several years, having gone off in different directions, but I thought about him often. He's going to be sorely missed. 73, Tom, de KA8SYX
Contributed by: Raymond C. Fritts (KA8SYX)
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