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Dick Burne (K3KAW)


January 26,2009


A WONDERFUL MAN-WILL BE MISSED

Contributed by: Richard Nese sr. (W1SXN)


On January 27,2009 the Amateur Community lost a real ham. Dick Burne, K3KAW went QRT. Dick was well know in Northeastern Pennsylvania owner of the 147.000 repeater, one of the oldest in the area. Always ready to lend a hand to a new ham or seasoned operator. Dick had an ear for audio. If you had a new microphone or EQ, he could talk you through setting it up. When he was done, you had the best audio possible. To me Dick was very special ham. It was 42 years ago when a yound boy, just turned 16, and wanting to become a ham heard K3KAW on 10 meters. He said he was located in Clarks Summit, Pa. just a few miles north of where I lived. Back then another ham was required to give the Novice exam. I would have to find this K3KAW. But how? I didn't know his last name. Didn't know what a CallBook was and it was before the internet. So I got out the telephone book and started calling any number who had a Clarks Summit address and was named Richard or Dick. When someone answered I asked for Dick, K3KAW. After quite a few wrong number and hangups I finally heard a voice say "speaking". Wow I found him. I was glad his last name started with a B and not a Z! Dick was quick to take me under his wing, showed me his shack, helped with studing and sent for the Novice test. I can still remember the evening of the test. On his desk a Collins S Line, a TO keyer and a very official looking package from the FCC. Needless to say for a young 16 year old boy my heart was pounding out of my chest. Dick sensing my nervousness said "lets start out with some practice first". So he started sending at 5 wpm and to my surprise I was copying solid. After 5 minutes I looked at my paper and thought I will have no problem with the official test. Dick just sat there smiling. "Congratulations" he said, "you just passed the cw test". I could feel the weight removed from my shoulders. Well I passed the Novice test and became WN3LEU. Dick was always there to help me set up my station and answer questions. That was 42 years ago. I'm sure that being a Ham lead to a career in electronics. I lost my Elmer this week, it hurts. 73's Dick and RIP. K3KAW de K3PR

Contributed by: Joe Smotryski (K3PR)


On January 27,2009 the Amateur Community lost a real ham. Dick Burne, K3KAW went QRT. Dick was well know in Northeastern Pennsylvania owner of the 147.000 repeater, one of the oldest in the area. Always ready to lend a hand to a new ham or seasoned operator. Dick had an ear for audio. If you had a new microphone or EQ, he could talk you through setting it up. When he was done, you had the best audio possible. To me Dick was very special ham. It was 42 years ago when a yound boy, just turned 16, and wanting to become a ham heard K3KAW on 10 meters. He said he was located in Clarks Summit, Pa. just a few miles north of where I lived. Back then another ham was required to give the Novice exam. I would have to find this K3KAW. But how? I didnt know his last name. Had no idea what a CallBook was and it was before the internet. How would I find him? I got out the telephone book and started calling any number who had a Clarks Summit address and was named Richard or Dick. When someone answered I asked for Dick, K3KAW. After quite a few wrong number and hangups I finally heard a voice say speaking. Wow I found him. I was glad his last name started with a B and not a Z! Dick was quick to take me under his wing, showed me his shack, helped with studing and sent for the Novice test. I can still remember the evening of the test. On his desk a Collins S Line, a TO keyer and a very official looking package from the FCC. Needless to say for a young 16 year old boy my heart was pounding out of my chest. Dick sensing my nervousness said lets start out with some practice first. So he started sending at 5 wpm and to my surprise I was copying solid. After 5 minutes I looked at my paper and thought I will have no problem with the official test. Dick just sat there smiling.Congratulations he said, you just passed the cw test. I could feel the weight removed from my shoulders. Well I passed the Novice test and became WN3LEU. Dick was always there to help me set up my station and answer questions. That was 42 years ago. Im sure that being a Ham lead to my career in electronics. I lost my Elmer this week, it hurts. 73s Dick and RIP. K3KAW de K3PR Joe Smotryski

Contributed by: Joe Smotryski (K3PR)


Greetings, I remember Dick when I moved to PA in 1967. He and Gene La Rue (K3HAM) helped me to get on the 147.000 repeater. I enjoyed it until I moved to Ohio in 1984. Whenever I return for a visit he would be there to chat. He will certainly be missed by lots of folks. 73, Herb, N9HN

Contributed by: Herbert R. Nichols, P.E. (N9HN)


"Just dont leave town kid" A 50 dollar bet had been made. The weeks preceeding the Presidental election were filled with the certainty of my wining the bet,and this was voiced every night on the nightly meeting of the minds on 160 meters. Joe k3pr,Rich w3ot,Jay n3wwl,Brian ka3ajh,Dick w1sxn,Benny k3bvu,all strongly advised......"give it up george no way you can win." Dick,however was not always as sure as the others,and would give me hope by saying it could go either way. Always a gentleman. The morning after the election I called Dick to congradulate his victory;ready to part with 50 dollars. "You called me this time of the morning was his reply?" "Well I lost and its pay up time;what time should I come over was my reply." There was a soft chuckle coming from the telephone,and then!"JUST DON'T LEAVE TOWN KID" DICK BURNE K3KAW A GENTLEMANS GENTLEMAN YOU WILL BE MISSED!

Contributed by: george cosmetis (WA3CCI)


I met Dick soon after I became active on 2 meter FM in the mid-1970's. He owned and encouraged the use of one of the best repeaters (147.00) in Northeastern PA. His friendliness and helpfulness truly exemplified "The Amateur's Code". I was shocked when I learned of his passing here on e-Ham. 73, OM Dick, I will miss you.

Contributed by: Blair Bates (K3YD)


Dick was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be sadly missed.

Contributed by: Jay (N3WWL)


I met Dick soon after I became active on 2 meter FM in the mid-1970's. He owned and encouraged the use of one of the best repeaters (147.00) in Northeastern PA. His friendliness and helpfulness truly exemplified "The Amateur's Code". I was shocked when I learned of his passing here on e-Ham. 73, OM Dick, I will miss you. [Follow Up] His obituary was published on February 1, 2008, and mentioned his amateur radio interests prominently. See link: http://www.legacy.com/TheTimes-Tribune/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=123521559

Contributed by: Blair Bates (K3YD)


I have had the pleasure of knowing Dick for nearly 40 years. He freely invested his time, knowledge and energy into the things he loved and one of them was the 147.00 repeater. It was one of the most popular repeaters in Northeastern PA and was constantly upgraded by Dick. He may be gone, but his spirit will live on in his repeater, regardless of whatever call is now given to it. Dick will be greatly missed.

Contributed by: Robert G. Chimel (WA3LWR)


I had the pleasure of meeting Dick in the late 1980's. I used his repeater numerous times when I drove through Scranton area of PA. Over the years we had many interesting QSO's. We got to be very good friends. He came to my house in NJ for BBQ's and went boating with us on LK Hopatcong NJ. In the early 1990's Dick installed a link radio on his 147.000 repeater in Clarks Summit connecting to my UHF repeater in LK Hopatcong NJ. This was done on demand up until just a couple years ago. Dick loved showing off this feature when he was "out on the town" in Scranton. In the early 1990's he threw my friend Terry N2IED (a blind ham) a bachelor party who lives in upstate NY. Since Dick's location was the halfway meeting point between upstate NY and New Jersey Dick insisted he host the party at his home. He opened the doors of his home to us, he fed us, we swam in his pool. We had a few beers together. And we had a lot of laughs together. To make a long story short he rolled out the red carpet and treated us like kings. I worked him many time on 75 and 160 meters. His station had the quality of a Broadcast FM station being the audiophile he was. Unfortunately I did not find out about Dicks passing until 3 months after he passed. I will and already do miss Dick. 73 my friend, you were well liked and loved by many, more than you know.....Good Bye my friend I will sincerely miss you. Your friend Bill Lupo, WR2M Lake Hopatcong NJ

Contributed by: Bill Lupo (WR2M)


Long time ham who helped many get started.Owned and maintained one of the best covering 2 meter repeaters in Northeastern PA.

Contributed by: Richard Albright (W3OT)


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