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Mario (5X1C)

November 14, 2000

From: "Bernie McClenny, W3UR" Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 06:19:19 +0000 Subject: [Dx] 5X1C-Mario, Silent Key We're sad to, once again, loose a dear friend and UN collegue. Mario-5X1C left us last night. We both got to know Mario when his wife Betty joined UNWFP in Kampala as radio operator, four years ago. We met Mario regularly on the bands, for a drink, or sat together for a technical discussion. Mario was one of the first licensed 5X hams, mostly active in phone, satellite and digital modes. We still remember the nights we were running 5X HF pileups or were ragchewing all together on VHF. He was also the chairman for the Uganda Radio Amateur Society for a year. Mario joined UNWFP as telecommunications technician in the fast intervention team earlier this year. He was first based in Kosovo and was about to move to Pakistan. In August, he left for a two months mission to Chechnya, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. He had to interrupt this mission because he developped a worrying medical problem. He went back home to Uganda to get surgery, in October. During the post operation treatment period, Mario developped jaundice and he got worse fast. He was re-admitted to the hospital just a few days ago. Mario passed away in the hospital last evening. Mario was dear friend to us, and an esteemed collegue. A UN official recently typified him as 'a technician with golden hands, who was able to fix every bit of broken equipment in no time..' We will all miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Betty and their children. The 5X UNWFP gang, Mats-SM7PKK/5X1Z Joe-G3MRC/5X1P Peter-ON6TT/5X1T

Contributed by: Jim Reisert (AD1C)

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