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Frank Buchanan (W6VIQ)


I never met Frank though he was a close friend of my dad who passed away last week at the age of 87. My father was a merchant marine sea captain and he often he sailed ships where the radio officer was also a ham radio operator. Frank, W6VIQ lived right behind my parent's house in Campbell California back in the early 1950s and my father would often have the ship's radio officer contact Frank to set up a QSO with my mom. Given my age, 4 or 5, I was probably in Frank's ham shack a number of times though I certainly don't remember that. It was only a year ago that my dad reminded me of this story and the friendship with Frank. I looked up his call on the QRZ but later found out he was an SK. My dad had not talked with Frank in decades and he was looking forward to reconnecting at the time. I just now checked QRZ again and see that Frank's call sign expired in January. The interesting part of this story is that it was pure coincidence that my father knew that there was a ham radio operator almost in his back yard. On that occasion of that first QSO, the radio operator raised a station in the general San Jose, California area for the purpose of running a phone patch. After some dialog, my dad realized that this ham radio operator lived in the very same neighborhood. Frank dispatched his wife to run over to our house to find my mom and bring her into the shack rather than using a phone patch. That started a relationship of several years where Frank routinely ran message traffic for my dad when he was out at sea.

Contributed by: Phil Hystad (K7PEH)

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