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G Paul Kesselring (K0JGI)
Sept 12, 2000
G. Paul Kesselring - K0JGI died Sept 12, 2000. He was 89yrs old. He was my father and with in my family, we are all hams. My wife is N0ICF, daughter N0VTE and son K1KD. I have written a letter of memorial to K0JGI as follows:
ODE TO PAUL KESSELRING - K0JGI
I believe it was about June 9, 1961 on our farm near Ottumwa, Iowa. The time of day was about 11 AM and the day was hot...but that's Iowa. I was a boy of fourteen years, wearing only shorts and work boots. It was time that the mail had arrived and I was anxious each day since my dad and I were waiting for our ham radio licenses to arrive. I walked the 500 feet out to our mailbox, open the door and....OH BOY, the return said FCC and there were two envelopes. With the mail in hand, I ran to the house and then on passed it to the north east field where my dad Paul was cultivating corn. He most times would not like to be interupted when in the field, but this was an exception. I still can remember that summer day in June of 1961 when a father and son entered into a hobby and a lifetime of common interest. i think I have learn in life that admiration and bonding comes from the coupling of two person's spirits while experiencing something new to both for the first time. I believe that this is what builds marriages, holds war buddies together for generations and helps to bond family relationships as the one my dad and I have had. We learned about radio together, each Elmering the other. Dad would help me with the theory and math. I excelled at Morse code. Together we up-graded. Dad to advanced and I to extra. My mother has shared that when she would make a complaint about my staying up all night chasing DX, dad would simply reply that at least they knew where I was and I wasn't out drinking beer. Also, I would say there has never been any pregnant Heathkit radios due to over heated drivers in the middle of a pileup. When I went off to college my parents kept in touch with me via schedules on 75 meters. Many statewide hams began to know Paul from his activity as a net control station and traffic handler on the Iowa 75 meter Net. Much of my interest had turned to contests and DX, so when I would check in on the Iowa frequencies and signed my call K0JGH, the usual response was ...."oh yes,that's K0JGH...Paul's kid." Over the next few years my work took me farther from Iowa but we still maintained our schedules on the Iowa Net. I guess maybe we had more people listening to those conversations back then since I was more than once surprised at some picnic to have some regular from the net ask how my son or daughter was doing or "...so how's Pam these days?" Sure seemed like they knew a lot about my family. Dad became more active in net type activities and found satisfaction in delivering messages. Many of these were to parents of servicemen. I can remember dad telling stories about calling homes to give a message that their son had arrived safely at boot camp and having mom's crying on the phone thanking him so much for such a simple messge.
I believe that it's a common goal we all share that having departed this life we hope for some legacy left behind will do good for someone else. K0JGI's call will probably fade having left not a circuit or antenna design or modern technological breakthrough. However, to some moms and dads hearing that their son had arrived safely, asking one more time for a relay on that weak check-in as a net control for the Iowa Net....I DO believe he will be remembered, as have many that have been but servant types before him.
DAD - may I convince my wife that staying up all night trying to work that DX is better than being in a bar.
DAD - may I turn my head when I hear a dad lean over and say "Way to go...sonny boy". DAD - may I yet again hear one of the old Iowa Net guy's say "K0JGH... there is Paul's kid"
We'll miss you, Dad...
sign K0JGH...Paul's kid SK (dit dit)
Contributed by: K0JGH (K0JGH)
Contributed by: K0JGH (K0JGH)
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