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Lew McCoy (W1ICP)

July 31, 2000

One of giants in our hobby and a great human being.

Contributed by: Terry Norman (K4TBN)

Athough I never knew him personally, the passing of Lew McCoy is a sad day for ham radio! When I was an 11 year old novice he was always well read and contributed much to the advancement of the hobby. Many good thoughts can be remembered of reading his articles and how-to's. RIP Lew, and may you continue to touch the lives of many in Ham Radio!

Contributed by: scott r bullock (N1CX)

Never met or talked with Lew, but read everything (darn near everything) he ever had printed. Tremendous loss to Amateur Radio. May his memory never die, nor we as Amateur Radio people never lose sight of what he wanted this hobby to become. I would bet that he had forgotten more than a lot of us will ever know. May your memory never die.

Contributed by: Bill Lambing (W0LPQ)

Since I've worked in the amateur industry since 1984, I had the pleasure of knowing Lew(or "Mac" as he was known to his friends)since early 1985. He was always great fun to be around, and the life of the party at the many dinners we shared over the years, after show hours at hamfests around the country. Always a source of antenna information, Mac never hesitated to help anyone who had questions on antennas, or his beloved QCWA. He will be missed by everyone in the ham community, but especially by those who knew him personally. One of the last of the old guard in amateur radio . . . so long my friend.

Contributed by: Donald R. Allen (W9CW)

When I was a fledgling ham (1968) I read Lew's articles over and over. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 1992, what a great experience. Though Lew's Key is now silent his spirit will live on in his writings and those who knew and admired him. Another great spirit has moved on.

Contributed by: Trent Hays (WA0TML)

I had the pleasure of several casual conversations with Mac from my former home in Deming, NM when he lived in Silver City, over the old 2M/440 Zia Link. He was an unassuming, modest guy. You'd never guess he was a veteran writer with hundreds -- probably thousands -- of easy-to-read articles on ham radio to his credit. Never, of course, unless you tapped his reservoir of knowledge with a question he thought was interesting. Then, you could expect to settle in for a good conversation, and a painless tutorial you couldn't hope to get anywhere else. 73, Mac; it was a pleasure. Tom Cox KA5NEE

Contributed by: (KA5NEE)

I did not know Lew personally, but I certainly read enough of his articles in "Q-Street" over the years. As one of the previous reviewers wrote, Lew was "one of [the] giants in our hobby". He will certainly be missed by us all. 73, Lew!

Contributed by: Bob Dobson (WA4FOM)

I met Lew just when I started my brief career at ARRL HQ in 1978 - He was recovering from a heart attack brought on by shoveling snow. During our brief professional association we developed a good friendship. Lew moved to NM and I left ARRL HQ at the end of the year. Over the ensuing 20+ years we had several chats and a few eye-ball QSO's. A gentle person has left his earthly ham shack ... I hope his trip into the ether and our rememberance of his fine attitude and devotion to things technical has served him well in passing the QSL Checker at the entrance to that place beyond the horizon. 73 Lew ...

Contributed by: Jim La Porta (N1CC)

Like so many others I enjoyed reading Lew's reports. I had the opportunity to meet him twice, in the 1960s, at Ham Conventions,once in New York City and once here in Colorado. We shared the same last name which gave us the excuse to have and "807" together on each of our meetings. He was an ardent Ham,and nice guy. He is missed. RIP Lew.

Contributed by: Don McCoy (W0DM)

Although I never met Lew McCoy W1ICP (though in his later years he lived just a few miles (in NM) from a beloved uncle/aunt of my wife), yet his influence on me from about age 12 or 13 just cannot be adequately stated. I loved his technical articles and projects; I just wish I had kept all the stuff I made or modified from his suggestions and instructions. The first time I ever held a soldering iron was while trying to build one of Lew's projects; and I must admit that when I finished, my work looked WAY worse than his finished product! When he died, I wrote to his daughter and apologized for not writing to Lew and telling him "thank you" for all he meant to me. She very graciously wrote back and said that many others had written and told her the same thing. Lew was a "keeper"--may he rest in peace. Vy 73 de KX7Q

Contributed by: Royce (KX7Q)

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