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Jack Palladay (N9ICE)
Jack and I took our Amateur Radio classes together at the Indianapolis Red Cross back in about 1988 or so. We had met on the computer bulletin board that I used to run in the early 80's and had become friends. We both passed the Novice test at the same time, I was issued KB9BVN and he got KB9BUT, not wanting to be the BUTT of all jokes, he immediately upgraded to Tech and got the N9ICE call. I upgraded to tech about a month later but kept my original call. We used to get together and go to hamfests and the Chinese buffet just about anytime we could. When we were studying for our 5 WPM test we used to get on the telephone to each other and send code with the push buttons or a code practice oscillator. It was a lot of fun. In about 1991 I kind of lost track of Jack, I had two little kids to raise and a new job that was taking up all of my time. I spoke with him from time to time on the local repeater and we would still hit the ocassional hamfest. Somewhere in the meantime, Jack had come down with diabetes. I think the last time I spoke to him in the flesh was when I took him to the 1995 Bedford Indiana hamfest. I had gotten out of amateur radio for several years by then, just didn't have the time but once in awhile I'd pop in on a weather net and could hear Jack in there. Jack had upgraded to Extra by this time as well...I was stuck at Tech. In 1998 my interest in ham radio was rekindled by a friend KB9NDF that had gone from Novice to Extra in about a year. He was giving me hell about not knowing CW anymore and invited me over to "play radio" a time or two. So the bug bit me and I got involved with the QRP-L group on the internet and built a QRP HF CW station for 40m. I was pretty excited and tried to find Jack through a mutual friend, only to find out that he had died about a year before. He had been on the kidney donor list for a few months and this disease just wiped him out. I was so sorry that I hadn't been able to let Jack know that I was going to finally take his advice and become a CW op. I made General 11/98 and I hope to have my Extra ticket by end of the year. Jack was a very nice guy, a great Elmer, a great astronomer, and a good friend.
de KB9BVN ...-.-
73's to N9ICE
Contributed by: KB9BVN (KB9BVN)
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