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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

FRED CATON (VK2ABQ)


JUNE12,1999


FRED THANKS SO MUCH FER ALL UR HELP AND GUIDANCE TO ME AS A BOY WHO EVENTUALLY GOT HIS LICENCE IN 1975 NOTHING WAS TO MUCH FER FRED ANYTIME AT ALL HE WAS ALWAYS THERE HE CALLED ME HIS APPRENTICE. FRED WAS A BRILLIANT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE MAN WHAT HE DIDNT KNOW ABOUT ANTENNAS WASNT WORTH KNOWING ASK LES MOXON G6XN ANTENNA ENGINEER EXTRODINARE.FRED DESIGNED AN ANTENNA HE COULD HAVE MADE PLENTY HE SAID TO ME WHAT FER LET ANYBODY USE IT I SEE NOW IT IS COMMERCIALLY MADE HE DIDNT WANT THAT. FRED THANKS AGAIN FER BEING A GREAT MATE I WILL REALLY MISS A TRUE HAM AND HOMEBREWER EXTRODINARE...73..MIKE.

Contributed by: michael mihailovic (VK2OZ)


I met Fred Caton in 1964. I was just getting interested in Ham radio. Fred was like a father figure and took me into his home and family. Many times I lunched in the Caton kitchen and listened to his wife ribbing him for being a commo. Calling him Fred the Red. He used to laugh at it and tell her he was going to sell up and take her to live in Moscow. I built my first transmitter on Fred's workbench in 1964 and worked Fred on 27.125 megs from Carlingford. Later we made transmitters for two blind friends of mine, later VK2BIL and VK2AMG who is now silent key. Fred taught me everything I knew about radio, which got me the call sign of VK2VK in 1965, which I held until 2002. I passed on his knowledge to members of the White Cane Brigade, resulting in the calls, VK2BIL and VK2AMG. 2BIL is my brother-in-law, living now in Qld but no longer active. The branches of Fred Caton's life have spread throughout the amateur scene and he will be remembered by all who knew him and loved by most. 73' Fred. Cliff Coverdale, now VK2CRC

Contributed by: Cliff Coverdale (VK2CRC)


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