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Chuck Colman (K5LZO)
March 29, 1999
As many of you so well know, Chuck was an intense and skilled contester who
not only ranked among the very best of operators, but one who also shared his
enthusiasm and knowledge with others. Those who operated the multis from his
home, made the trips south to XE, or survived countless FDs with Chuck,
always came away the better for the experience. His was a major contribution
to the proud heritage of the Texas DX Society.
He will be missed.Joe, W5ASP
Contributed by: Joe Staples (W5ASP)
Chuck was always the one 'constant' I could count on working in
ANY big domestic contest. He'never had to ask for a repeat, and
his CW was always flawless.
I'll never forget the one and only time I met Chuck... at HamComm
a number of years ago... his son (I believe) had just passed
his ham exam (unfortunately, I don't recall the license class,
but I want to say General), and Chuck was just BEAMING with pride!
73, pal.. It's been great working you...Tom Hammond N0SS (ex-K0RPH)
Contributed by: Tom Hammond (N0SS)
Though we worked each other in almost every SS contest since 1968 and both live in Texas, the first time I met Chuck was during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Chuck's vessel was in the shipyard in A6-Dubai, UAE for repairs and we were offloading cargo. Chuck spent the last few years, as I have, traveling as Radio Officers aboard U.S. flagged commercial cargo ships.
We found a bar in some hotel that served beer (it was even fairly cold) and told contest 'war' stories until the wee hours of the morning, taking both of our minds off of what was about to happen in a few days in the Persian Gulf. In the end, the beer won over us, and we retreated back to our staterooms aboard our assigned vessels.
I will always remember Chuck as a great story teller, a good friend, and one who always spoke highly of his relationship with his XYL and family. A true family man.
Chuck, we'll miss ya ole boy. Thanks for the memories. Bon voyage Sparkie.....sk
Contributed by: Ron Marra (AA5DX)
During production of a "contest video," I had the chance to interview Chuck. We'd worked, of course, hundreds of times in SS/FD & so on, & I knew some of his history with Tom, K5RC, in M-M, etc. This was all preamble--chatting prior to actually rolling tape. So when I did roll, Chuck knew the question was to be "Why do you contest?"
I'll never forget his answer--"It's fun!" but delivered with the most enthusiasm I ever encountered during the project (which is on-going). He jammed a cigar back in his mouth & grinned at me, because I'm sure he knew how he'd surprised me, after all we'd just talked about. It was truly, as Truffaut described it, a privileged moment....
Contributed by: Don Daso (K4ZA)
Contributed by: Steve Smothers (W9DX)
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