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Arnold Tamchin (W2HCW)

June, 2001

Phil Erhorn, W7PCE, reports that he received a call from Arnold's wife saying that Arnold passed away in June.

Contributed by: Ron Grandmaison (W4VR)

Few hams in my early years of being involved with this hobby have left such an impression as Arnold did. When I was 17 years old I met Arnold at a Ward Melville High Scholl ARC K2TKE plus in the weeks to follow was able to visit Arnolds QTH with the Help from our shop theacher John W2AAF. I still remember looking up in 1968 at a shinning Tel Rex 110ft Bertha with full two bay stacks on 10,15 and 20mtrs plus a full size 40ty and another bertha 200ft away with at that time one of only a few 2 element 80mtr beams. All I can tell you is that left one hell of an impression at young age and to listen to his station at that time was like openning the whole world to you at any given time of day. As years gone by I had many different QTH's and have always somehow stayed in contact with Arnold threw the years. I myself have developed the DX contest fever and built a fairly competetive station of my own which has taken top place USA in the M/S CQWW contest almost 3 years in a row. I atribute many of my insight of being able to build my station which is W2A for the past few years from what I was exposed to at an early age from Arnolds QTH and this gave me the drive to strive to do better. I even was involved with re doing the antenna system at Arnolds QTH a few years ago with antenns marvric Gary "Woody" K2UU and sighed as we cut up most of the old Tel Rex beams with the saws all and turned all that metal into scrap. Ive seen Arnold with Mike Stall K6MYC when he had one of the very first 4 El 80mtr beams that Mike had sold go head to head on how to tune the beam and guess what Arnold got it his way. He lived life to the fullest and always strived to deliver the best signal he could possilble muster on the ham bands, he had many friends all over the world and I know I'll miss hearing that wisky two honnalulu califonia washington blasting trew the speaker here at my QTH. A man who was one of the Top 160, 80 & 40mtr dxer's and a top flight signal on all the other HF bands, who just loved talking all over the world with all his many friends and doing it in fine style. 73's Arnold, you will be sadly missed and all QSO's will be 59+++ in heaven. Jim Idone KE2TR ex KE2NL & WB2ITR

Contributed by: (PATCOMM)

As a teenager I used to operate from club YU2ACF. We had only 60W and low dipole for 3.8MHz. So, we struggled to work DX - except W2HCW. He was always 59+ and often the only audible W station. Most often he gave me 59 report, and he was the only DX I could work for the night. He also remembered my name ...

Contributed by: Tino Pavic (VK3EGN)

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