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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Roy Phelps (K6ZU)


November 19, 2007


The airwaves are just a little bit quieter tonight with the passing of a long time Vacaville, Ca. Amateur Radio Operator K6ZU, or as he was fond of saying K6 Zippy Underwear, or even sometimes K6 Zebras Underwater. Even though he lost his sight a number of years ago, he continued to be active in the hobby and was a fixture on several repeaters from Vacaville to Sacramento and Modesto Ca. I will always remember the many late night roundtable QSO's I joined in with him , Wayne, WA2YNE and Chip, W7AIT on the K6RDJ 440 repeater. When WA2YNE moved, we all gradually started communicating less and less. About that time I started doing an early morning traffic net on the Modesto WD6EJF repeater and Roy got a friend to program in the frequency and became a regular on the net until I left it and moved to another repeater. He just recently got the K6DPB repeater programmed in his radio and we had resumed our almost daily chats right up to his sudden passing. It just brings home how we always expect someone to be there and suddenly when they're not, we feel so much smaller and insignificant in the grand scheme of things! Catch you down the log book Roy. 73 N6DDD clear

Contributed by: Arlen Evins (KI6BCC)


Roy was a member of the board of director for the W6VVR Vaca Valley Radio Club for many years. Because Roy was blind, I would drive him to and from our club meetings. Always an appreciative guy, Roy had good information to share with me during our drive to and from meetings. I always shared my status in my quest to achieve DXCC each month as we drove through Vacaville to the club meetings. When I confirmed 100 countries for DXCC, I never saw Roy smile so much and for so long. Roy was a familiar voice on our local W6VVR repeater here in Vacaville. Roy was the net control operator for our weekly club net once a month until recently when he decided it was time to let someone else take a turn at it. Blessings to Roy and Diane.

Contributed by: Jerry Olive (KD6WKY)


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