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Bill Duval (K5UGM)
Bill passed on today November 22,2006 after years of serious health problems. Bill was always an inspiration and motivator to me when it came to VHF/UHF weak signal amateur radio. I first met Bill in 1970 where in his garage ham shack he was listening to Meteor Pings on a home made receiver dedicated to Meteor Scatter.Today he and a Ham friend had removed his 4 EME 2M antennas from his backyard tower, readying things for placement of his recently acquired 12 foot dish for 1296EME.Bill passed away while napping after doing what he loved, working on his weak signal station. He always has been, and always will be my friend.
Contributed by: Alex Kaplinsky (K5UNY)
Bill was a great guy that was always willing to help me out anytime I had a question about anything radio related. I will never forget his kindness and eagerness to share his knowledge. Rest in peace Bill, and 73.
Contributed by: Jay Sanford (KE5BCP)
Thanks Alex for letting us know about Bill's passing. I never met him in person, but did do plenty of equipment dealing with him, and QSOs on the VHF/UHF bands. Always a very nice guy. Sorry to see any VHF/UHF weak signal operator pass, we need more of them.
73s John W5TD (ex NE0P)
Contributed by: John (W5TD)
Bill will be missed He was one of the first Hams to make a 222 Meteor contact in the world. He helped me when others would not. As a vhf/uhf weak signal guy I have learned many things from him about ham radio and the world of vhf/uhf. I shared many an hour in Bills shack just talking about this great hobby. I share Alex’s feelings that Bill was a friend and always will be.
Keep hitting the moon Bill
Contributed by: LEE KEMP (N5TIF)
Bill was ome of those hams that would do anything to help a fellow ham. A group of local hams were on the main local repeater later then the repeater owners liked and they would turn the repeater off after midnight. I bought a 2 meter repeater and Bill set it up to be turned on when they turner theirs off. After a week of this they didn't turn their's off any more!!
Score one for the little guys thanks to Bill..
Contributed by: (KC5BHJ)
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