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Leonard M. Schaafsma (W8SPX)
July 12, 2010
Most of us have seen shooting stars. They are basically cold rocks that enter our world, suddenly become very bright, and just as suddenly burn up and are gone. They are not real stars. The real stars give off light night after night, year after year.
He always helped everybody who asked his help. He has provided many young hams with the role model of always being the gentlemen, and of always be sincere if you offer help. He has the same call sign since he began in ham radio and is an active member of GRARA and MARA. He still works on the HF and VHF bands and can usually be found at local Swaps. Being involved for so many years in ham radio, he knows the history of local Ham radio than most clubs. He has participated in many local Ham Conventions held in the GR area, and many Field Days for many clubs and can tell you stories about how GR hams started the first repeater in the area. Leonard converted and maintained the generators for GRARA that were used during Field Day and emergencies.
Leonard Schaafsma W8SPX has gained the respect of many hams and has earned our thanks
( the above statment was taken from when Leonard was presented the West Michigan Ham of the Year award for 2007. it was written by Jim KI8JD)
Contributed by: Richie Ranta (K8JX)
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