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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Dick Freeling (W5TIZ)

October 19, 2007

Dick was my "Elmer" starting in 1953 and a great friend for more than 50 years.

Dick was blinded in combat in WW II but never let the absence of sight slow him down. Our neighbors were nervous when Dick worked on his antennas atop his 57' windmill tower. They told him so and he said, "Heck! I'll work on 'em at night; it's all the same to me."

Once when we were affected by an odd noise on 20M that came on every night at about 8pm and stopped at about 1AM. One night Dick called and asked me to come up to his home. It was a school- night and I was only 14 so I snuck out. I found him on his front porch, bundled up in a Makinaw and carrying and old Zenith all-wave portable radio; about the size of a sewing machine case. He said that we were going to go up and down the alleys behind the homes in our neighborhood and that I was going to climb the fences and pull the main power on the house while he listed on the portable. The theory was that when the noise stopped, we'd found the house.

Imagine this: A blind man and a kid, late at night, pulling the power on houses and listening for 20M interference to stop! Today, we'd both have been shot!

But we found the house; the culprit was an electric heating pad and, when Dick bought them a new one, 20M cleared right up.

There's a web page dedicated to Dick; Click HERE .

I loved this man.

Chaz W4GKF

Contributed by: Chaz Cone (W4GKF)

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