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Jim Hart (W7UIV)
Aug 9th 2003
This was my dad. He recived his ham radio license in 1954.It all started for my dad in the basement of my grandfathers (W7COB) house in Aloha Oregon. My dad belonged to his high school ham club (W7DMC) and graduated in the first class at David Douglas high school (Portland, Or)1957. He went into the Army in 1960-1963 and was stationed at Tripler Army hospitol in Honalulu Hawaii where he became Brig.Gen Grahams Ham teacher. The General gave my dad a blank Army check to fill the ham shack located in the top floor of the hospitol. Of course my dad bought the best of the best Collins Systems of the times. The Gen. ordered my dad to start the hospitol ham station (KH6EOQ)where originaly the station was ment for officers and injured men in the hospitol to phone-patch home to the mainland. "there was no long distance back then". My dad was given permision to finish instaling the MARS project for the south pacific islands that did not have ham radio for emergancy's. At one point my dad saved a blood supply and injured men stuck in a hurricane in a plain called PANGO_PANGO. He triangulated their signal and brought them to safety. Another time he triangulated a signal for a sub that was lost and brought them in safe. He recived a signal from HOSTILE'S and transmited it to Naval ships in the pacific that ended up with no action. He recived Awards for all including an Award from the Navy for Comendary Preformance. After the Army, where he remained a cival oprative of comunications for the armed sevices, He owend a garbage rout for 25yrs. During that time he had a company in Alaska with his best friend Mike Swisher (KL7GLS) ALCOM Alaska communication electronics that did not pan out. He sold the garbage buisnes in '79 and started to study for a tec job. In the college course he tolk , he finished top in class with highest honers. After applying with WTCI there were 37 guy's that went to college for years that applyed for the same job. Of course the company picked my dad. He remaine there till April 2003 when he retired. He was a "Drake" finatic and loved to build amps and antenas. I kept both 4-1000's he built and the 4-1000 my granddad built. One is a rack mount and the other is a 4-1000c desk top. Very nice work. He loved CW all the way. I think he knew how to use every piece of test gear there is. You would walk into his shack and there would be a radio that we thought was half tore a part. It was not. He was testing it just to see what made it tick or how he could improve the radio. Both my brother and I got our licenses when we were kids due to my dad and how we saw him enjoy radios. My dad was so into ham radios Mr. Wilson of Wilson antena and his family came over to help raise the tower after installing the Wilson System 3.I could go on and on. He did alot more but this pretty much describes his love for HAM RADIO. My dads last radio he bought was his "retirement" radio. The new Orion. He ordered it in July and recived it days befor he passed. Kind of ironic,He was under the house drilling a hole in the foundation for another lead for the new Orion. It was 1:30 am in the morning. His Chest started hurting. He made his way into the house to my mothers room and told her he could not breath. He made his way back to the living room where he put his head in my moms lap and said good bye for now. He had nothing but love for the hobby of HAM RADIO. Love you dad, T.T.
Contributed by: tim hart (KA7EEG)
Tim - enjoyed your stories about your dad & granddad. Looks like you're keeping the tubes lit up.
Tried to look up your call on QRZ.COM...I'm guessing that you've got a new call since I could not find a listing for KA7EEG
73 DE K5AVJ
Contributed by: Leo L. Bailey, Jr. (K5AVJ)
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