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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Jim Heyen (WA9FDP)


January10, 2008


WA9FDP Lookups: 859 JAMES H HEYEN 417 W WALNUT ST GILLESPIE IL 62033 USA Just a quick note if you havenít heard. WA9FDP has become a silent key during the night of January 11, 2008. Visitation will be Saturday starting at 5PM at the funeral home in Gillespie location on route 16. You canít miss it. Funeral will be at 1PM on Sunday afternoon at The Lutheran Church at the 3 way stop in Gillespie on route 16. ************************************************************************************************************************************************** Jimmy, WA9FDP was a good friend to me. Heíd been there for many Hams in this central Illinois area, when no one else would or could. Iíve known him for some 30 plus years. Back then I built the 146.82 repeater for him, from a 250 watt GE base station. We shared good times together at his ham shack, quite often in years past. BTW Jim was the type to make you laugh and Jim loved life. It takes effort to do the things Jim had done in his life. He had always been a person that finished things he started. One thing he did was to keep the 146.82 wide area system on the air for us all, for almost 40 years now. Yes I had a small part in that, but Jim was the reason any of us even had anything to do with the repeater. He was the driving force behind this wide area machine. In the darkest of winter nights, if you were out on a snow-drifted road, Jimís repeater was there to talk on. By working with many local groups, clubs, Emergency Managers, WA9FDP made Ham Radio a big part of life here in central Illinois. Jimís health has been poor, and we had been worried that he might not recover from this. For a while now heís been on a list for liver transplant. We have lost a close friend. God Bless you Jim where ever you are. May you keep sending CQ, so that someday I might hear your signal, and be able to talk with you again. Jimmy Cary, WX9DX

Contributed by: James M. Cary (WX9DX)


My condolences to Marsha and all of the family. So sorry to hear of Jim's death. Jim Heyen was a ham's ham. He spent his life making things more interesting, fun and educational for so many. Ham radio in Central Illinois will not be the same. We have lost a great friend. Bob Heil, K9EID/6

Contributed by: BOB HEIL (K9EID)


Jim Heyen WA9FDP had one of the first FM/VHF repeaters on the air at 146.820 MHZ in Illinois and has kept it on the air for 30 plus years. The W9VEY Memorial net has been held at 8:30 p.m. local time every Monday night for 1643 week in a row. Jim Heyen build the repeater and kept in running rain or shine. We will all miss WA9FDP here in Central Illinois

Contributed by: James Pitchford (N9LQF)


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