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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

William "Dusty" Rhoads (ND3Q)


January 8, 2008


William "Dusty" Rhoads (ND3Q) was a modest man of great accomplishments, always volunteering above-and-beyond the call of duty, as a leader and as a friend. In February 2007, Dusty was honored by ARRL with the VEC Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contribution to the amateur radio community through limit less generosity and dedication in the administration of 221 amateur radio FCC license examinations in the true spirit of volunteerism: http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:m6Q05idKYKwJ:www.phil-mont.org/blurb/BlurbV57N2.pdf+nd3q&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us He suddenly passed while at the brink of his much anticipated retirement: http://www.legacy.com/philly/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=100998301 May God Bless You Dusty, Dennis N3DG

Contributed by: Dennis John Gazak, N3DG (N3DG3)


I first met Dusty while taking my Amateur exams. After I passed my Extra he made me join his VE team. I've been giving exams since 1994. I am proud to say he selected me to lead the VE team when he was no longer capable. The Amateur community has lost a great friend.

Contributed by: Jim McCloskey (NS3K)




Contributed by: Dennis John Gazak, N3DG (N3DG3)




Contributed by: Dennis John Gazak, N3DG (N3DG3)


I was introduced to Dusty after I became a tech class ham by Leo Smith N3ELS my Elmer, and was invited to join the Olympia ARC located onboard the U.S.S.Olympia, the historic ship located here in Philadelphia where Dusty established and heroically maintained a radio room through the years. Small in numbers, Dusty was the leader and spark plug for the club. With a quick laugh and much encouragement, he could get you to do stuff like procuring materials for antennas and climbing the rigging of the ship to fix antennas, that you would normally think twice about. He was a master at that. But with all that, he would encourage you to study and keep trying inorder to upgrade to enjoy every aspect of the hobby that he loved so very much. Without that, I would never have made Extra, taking my uprades at the Franklin Institute where he was the head VE for years. He unselflessly mentored many hams here. For that I say "Thank you my friend". His loss, personally and for the ham community here, will be felt for many years. Rest in peace.

Contributed by: Jerry (N3HAM)


William "Dusty" Rhoads (ND3Q) was a modest man of great accomplishments, always volunteering above-and-beyond the call of duty, as a leader and as a friend. In February 2007, Dusty was honored by ARRL with the VEC Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contribution to the amateur radio community through limit less generosity and dedication over 20 years in the administration of 221 amateur radio FCC license examinations in the true spirit of volunteerism: http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:m6Q05idKYKwJ:www.phil-mont.org/blurb/BlurbV57N2.pdf+nd3q&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us He suddenly passed while at the brink of his much anticipated retirement: http://www.legacy.com/philly/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=100998301 May God Bless You Dusty, Dennis N3DG

Contributed by: Dennis John Gazak, N3DG (N3DG3)


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