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Gilbert "Frank" Montgomery (W5JWM)


December 30, 2011


Frank was first licensed in 1941 just before amateur radio was shut down for the duration of WWII. His radio skills were a valuable asset when he served as an Army Radio Operator while stationed in Europe during WWII. He loved to tell stories of his adventures during the war. Frank was a true DXer having achieved #1 DXCC Honor Roll twice, long before the advent of DX clusters. Despite not being active for the last 15-20 years on HF, his DXCC country count was 351. Many of his credits were from the golden years of AM Phone. Frank had the uncanny ability to recall many of those early contacts and enjoyed telling stories of those DX accomplishments. He and Clarence Sharp K5DX (SK) always had a friendly competition on who could "bag the new one first" or who had the most DXCC entities credited. Frank became a member of the Texas DX Society in 1974 as member number 25. Frank loved crazy callsign phonetics and often introduced himself as "W-5-Just-Wasting-Money". When Frank was more active on the local repeater, he was a never ending source of stock market tips or predictions on his beloved Houston Rockets. He also enjoyed being part of the Texas DX Society contesting efforts with multi-multi operations from the K5LZO, NR5M and the "Lumberyard" contest stations and the club's adventures to Nuevo Laredo. www.tdxs.net/SK/W5JWM.htm

Contributed by: Steve Smothers (W9DX)


Frank visited me back in the early 1960's when I lived in Natchez, MS. He looked at my homebrew gear and Hammarlund receiver then went outside and saw my Gonset Tri-Bander 3 el on an 18 foot boom up at 50 feet on a telephone pole he scratched his head and wondered why I had done so well in contesting and Dxing. The truth was I resided in a rare state, lived in a low density subdivision and had no real groundwave competition that he had in Houston. Then he listened to the receiver and noticed that signals seemed to jump out at you with virtually no QRN or line noise. Talking with "Jumping with money" as I knew Frank he gave me a lot of ideas. He encouraged me to get my college degrees but enjoy amateur radio as he did since WW II. He told me he wished he could be 18 again. RIP Frank "Jumping with money". Dave K4JRB K5MDX in Mississippi

Contributed by: Dave Thompson (K4JRB)


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