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Lee Faber (W7EH)

8 July 1997

"Ham radio pioneer and crystal manufacturer Lee Faber, W7EH, of Phoenix, Arizona, died July 8. He was 97. An Illinois native, Faber was first licensed in 1917 as 9EH. He later held 9AMK and W9DAX (see "W9DAX, A Modern Station Specializing in 1750-kc Phone Operation," QST, Jan 1931). He attended the first ARRL National Convention in 1921 and remained an ARRL member for more than 70 years. In 1932, Lee Faber formed Faberadio Electric Co which supplied crystals. Later, he was a part of the James Knight Co, formed as World War II got under way to supply crystals for the military, and, after the war, to many amateur and commercial manufacturers. He retired to Arizona in the late 1950s and remained active in ham radio until his death. --Judy Roush, AA7UC " The above copied from QST August 1997 ARRL Letter. I met Lee in person a couple years after meeting him on the air. He had just lost his wife and he was about 96. Lee was a ball of fire at 97. You would never know he was 97. He had a squared away place especially his 'shack' which was whittled down to bare bones by the time I met him. He shared his copy of QST October 1950 featuring the raising of his famous 10 meter stacked array. He told me when he tuned up on 10, the whole world knew who was about to call CQ. Thanks for sharing your stories and a good cup of coffee, Lee. The article can be had as a reprint from QST and is worth ordering. R.I.P. Lee.

Contributed by: Ted Walker (KB5OF)

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