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Tom Hammond (N0SS)
August 5th, 2011
I knew Tom for only a short time, but long enough for him to have become a cherished friend. His was a noble spirit, helpful, generous, kind, and above all, brave.
Tom died peacefully with his family around him at his home near Lohman, Missouri, following a very long battle with cancer. Despite this burden, Tom remained both cheerful and positive. We spoke on the telephone just a few days before his passing and he was still completely upbeat about the outcome. I'm sure his bravery and cheerfulness helped many others, myself included, to be positive about their own problems.
Tom had a long association with the Elecraft marque of equipment, having been a beta tester for most of their products. He is greatly missed by the entire Elecraft community, of which there are few who could say they were never helped by Tom.
The ARRL website carries more detail here: http://www.arrl.org/news/tom-hammond-n0ss-sk and there's a podcast of him here: http://www.podcasters.tv/episodes/tom-hammond-n0ss-11828177.html
Tom was a shining example of the true spirit of amateur radio; we are poorer for his loss.
Contributed by: David Lankshear (G3TJP)
Tom was a friend and mentor to me and many others here in Central Missouri and around the world. He was always available to answer questions and to help all of us to further our understanding and enjoyment of ham radio. He will be missed.
Contributed by: Richard Glassner (N0EAX)
Tom was and will always be a good friend and Elmer. He would assign non standard phonetics to local call signs for fun and when I drew kc0cwu from the pool Tom dubbed my suffix "continuous wave user" and that set the path for my favorite mode of operation! I owe Tom a big thank you for all he shared with me and will always remember the trip to Dayton we made in 2000 with a little cw/m mixed in! 73 om es see u soon kc0cwu..
Contributed by: Mitch Wright (KC0CWU)
Tom Hammond, N0SS, was one of those people who QUIETLY contributed to everyone else's mission, and never took a lot of credit for his personal contribution. His contribution to the KANSAS CITY DX CLUB'S CW PILEUP CONTEST, is a perfect example. Everyone who has taken that test should personally thank Tom, for creating the concept.
Contributed by: Steve P. Gecewicz (K0CS)
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