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Joseph W. Comella (W9OBY)
Joe was born March 12,1921 and was 79 years old at the time of his death.
Joe was a World War II veteran and was a Tech Sgt working on the then new RADAR system. He was a supervisor for the Admiral Television Company in Harvard Illinois until the plant closed. He was then an instrutor of Electronics at McHenry County College, Crystal Lake for many years.
He was chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Board to the Woodstock Opera House, a past president and member of the McHenry County Computer Club; past president and member of the McHenry County Wireless Association. He was also a volunteer at the Dick Tracy museum, and the McHenry County Historical Society.
Joe was an "Elmer" to many a new Hams
and taught many Novice and Tech classes at various locations in McHenry County.(including my tech class)
Joe was always the first to volunteer his radio knowledge and friendly personality to assist at local chairty events. He was an inspiration to those that knew him, and a friendly annonymous volunteer to those that didn't.
He is survived by Pearl, his wife of 57 years. Two children and two grandchildren.
Joe will be greatly missed by the Hams of Northern Illinois. Rest quietly my friend.
Contributed by: Glenn Olson (K9GLN)
It was 60 years ago, on 19 November 1940, the day before my 19th birthday that I experienced the QSO I shall always remember. It was my first QSO as a newly licensed amateur operator with my very first call, W9NQT. It was with Joe, W9OBY, on 160 meters AM. At the time I used my home brew receiver and transmitter. I have Joe's QSL framed in my shack to always remind me every day of my humble beginnings in the wonderful hobby called Ham Radio.
Joe and I first met when we both attended Lane Tech High School in Chicago. Then later we both were employed by Zenith Radio in Chicago, in the production test department troubleshooting the Zenith AM and short wave bands home radios. We were paid 45 cents per hour by Zenith.
Over the span of 60 years we have continued to keep in touch with the usual Christmas cards and Joe's annual Christmas News Letter and through other means of communication.
Joe was an important part of one of the happiest chapters in my life. Like so many, I shall miss this wonderful man and friend.
73 to you, Joe.
Ken Miller K6IR, ex W9NQT in Chicago.
Contributed by: Ken Miller (K6IR)
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