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Tim Chen (BV2A)
The Old Man of Taiwan sadly passed away shortly after lunar new year, aged 92. Originally XU6A on the mainland, for many years he was the only one QRV from Taiwan, handing out our only chance for a BV mult. In addition to working him on the air, I had the fortune of many eyeballs over the years in IARU or due to work travel to Taibei. I have lost a good friend & greater China has lost one of its best. RIP OC . .
Contributed by: (VR2BG)
Very sad to hear this news.
I first met Tim in 1967, during my first assignment to Taipei Air Station. I often drove past the smallish, 3-story building that housed the China Radio Association. Didn't know what it was for a long time, but the 3-element yagi on the roof sort of told me it was, in some way, ham connected. Took me almost a year, but I did manage to get some information about the place, and finally had a chance to meet the man himself. He arranged a meeting with me one evening, at the CRA, and I was surprised to learn he was the ONLY ham authorized to operate in Taiwan at the time. He was, in fact, the CRA!
His station, on the third floor, then consisted of a Heath HW-100 (might have been a 101...)and two crystals. One crystal for CW as BV2A, and the other for SSB as BV2B. That was his total operating authority at the time, 2 frequencies.
Well, we struck up a friendship, and I supplied him with a bunch of QST's liberated from the MARS station on Taipei Air Station. He even headed me to the right place to have some QSLs printed, as I was doing the SWL thing with a borrowed SP-600 at home. No foreign operations in Taiwan then, only the base MARS station.
Anyway, went back again in the mid-70's for another 2-year tour, and there was Tim, still doing the radio and still just the greatest guy you would ever want to meet.
Been a long time, but have had the pleasure of a contact or two (CW) with him from assorted places around the world.
I've been a lot of places, and met a lot of people since my first meeting with Tim, but you know....the memory of that first night, and climbing those stairs to the station, is just as clear to me now as the night it happened.
I'll miss him, for sure.
Contributed by: James P. McNichols (K7UNZ)
It is so sad to hear about this old Chinese ham passing away.
Tim has a special place in my heart as I met him in Taipei so many years ago in the mid seventies when I was still a SWL and wanting my ticket so badly.
I still recall when I met him in Taipei, we had afternoon tea together and he then took me to his station and allowed me to watch as he worked huge pile ups on HF. It was amazing. Of course I could not operate as I was not licensed and no third party operation was allowed in any case.
We talked for quite along time and it was an unforgettable visit. He did give a young SWL with so many ideas allot of encouragement and I am thankful for it.
Tim, you will be missed dear friend.
Contributed by: Steven Sebastian Beesley (VR2XMQ)
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