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Gary Altig (N7UVL)
January 25 2011
N7UVL Gary Altig
As a new ham I was struggling around, finding my role and position in this hobby, and I still am.
Just after I got my general upgrade, in May 2009, I ventured out in the big ham land and did "Field Day".
I had no clue what I was doing, how to do it, and why I was doing it.
It was just a really cool opportunity to go camping/four wheeling and do radio at the same time.
So we set up camp at "Crystal Mine" on the Peavine complex.
We got the station up, and was blasted away with call "CQ Field day"......
We listened and tried to figure the whole ordeal out, I had received some email from Gary before, but understood little of them.
A couple of hours after we set up camp and got on the air, who else than N7UVL arrived at the camp.
He knew what we was doing, how we was supposed to do it, and why we was doing it.
He helped us figure it out, and encouraged us, and shared his knowledge.
He elmered us how to improve our antennas at the site, he explained the rules and how the "contest" part worked and much much more.
Gary saved field day for us.
Not only that, but he wrote a very nice story about us in SNARS club newsletter, and by that gave me a "public acknowledge" as a ham.
It was many things Gary and I did not agree about, especially emergency communication, we came from different directions and I think my point of view some times amused him, but it did not get in the way of our friendship or his support of me as a ham.
Gary would send me a furious email if he thought I messed up, on the other hand, he would send me an email if he thought I was doing good.
Unfortunately, most of these emails got lost in a "e-mail clean up" and I really regret that.
Gary was a good friend and a great mentor, both to Kati and me. a good man that was more than willing to share of his knowledge and experience, if you was willing to listen.
Kati and I will miss Gary alot.......
N7UVL Gary 73
Contributed by: Leif (KT7DAD)
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