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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Raymond Galep (WA9SXJ)

July, 2011

I met Ray in the late 60's on ham radio when living in Michigan; a strong friendship quickly developed, interwoven with countless intense discussions on politics, ethics, philosophy (especially existentialism), remedies for social injustice, economics, the arts (literature, painting, music). On and on.... Many years later, with a good part of my life behind me--this fellow still stands out in my mind, and I ask myself how I could have been that lucky to have met such an individual and to have had that enduring friendship. Ray and I were 'best buds' for a long time; his death is a deep and very painful loss.

Contributed by: Chris Peeters (K8RY)

Quite a sad shock to read about Radio Ray passing away. Sorry to hear that. I knew Ray from way back in the 70's. Time is ticking for all us old Hams.

Contributed by: Tom Rauch (W8JI)

I knew Ray almost 40 years, I was the local teenage ham and being sort of Elmered by Chris K8RY. When I met Ray, Just a great guy right from the start. My travels have recently moved me to St. Paul, MN. and was looking forward to catching up with him here. Can't describable the sense of loss I felt when I heard the news. Just a Solid, Caring Guy, He will be deeply missed. Below is the address for a picture of Ray about the time I met him.

Contributed by: Wayne West (WW8A)

Photo of WA9SXJ circa 1975 Galep/100001291652456

Contributed by: Wayne West (WW8A)

Ray was a good friend, sorry to learn of his passing. I met Ray in the mid eighties, shortly after upgrading to general. Spent many entertaining hours on 75 and 160 meters talking to santiago x-ray japan. He really liked his S-line and C-line stations and the pair of 4-1000s. God speed Ray.

Contributed by: Dan Radcliffe (W9RAD)

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