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Bill Welsh (W6DDB)


I read today in a mailing from CQ Magazine that Bill had passed in November. I remember reading many of his columns in CQ, QST and other publications. In addition, I had he pleasure of enjoying cw qso's with him until early summer 2011. Tho I had not had a qso with Bill since early 2011, I frequently heard him 20 meters calling for skcc contacts. I cherish my memories of his articles and numerous qso's and will miss his 1st class operating inthe future. RIP Bill.

Contributed by: William R. (Ray) Colbert (W5XE)

Bill contributed to the resource section of 'The Amateur Radio Mail Order catalog and Resource Directory" I published back in the mid 1990's. Bill could explain amateur radio in non technical terms. RIP Bill 73 Dave K4JRB

Contributed by: Dave Thompson (K4JRB)

In 1996, after being inactive in amateur radio for many years, I sent for W6DDB's "Licensing Course Printed Aids." For $15, Bill sent me a very large packet of mimeographed pages covering almost every aspect of our hobby. It was a great help in getting started again. I appreciate his contributions to amateur radio. RIP Bill. 73, Rick WA6NUT

Contributed by: Rick Peterson (WA6NUT)

Bill was a quiet and unassuming gentleman of many accomplishments; however, I'll remember him best for his enviable bug fist, almost indistinguishable from an electronic keyer. 73 Bill, RIP. Gary, K9ZMD/7

Contributed by: Gary Allen (K9ZMD)

In 1961 I was a 15 year old high school kid interested in electronics. I read about Bill teaching a course,to get a ham license in Boston. I contacted Bill about the course and he invited me to attend. Bill started the course and then moved to California and Art Davis W1HIT finished the course. Through them I passed my General and this led to a career as an Electronic Engineer. Bill W1SAD and Art W1HIT were fine individuals.

Contributed by: Steve Ray (K4JPN)

Past Lockheed Amateur Radio Club President and W6LS Trustee Bill Welsh, W6DDB, became a Silent Key on November 9 in Lancaster, California. Bill was a tech writer for Lockheed before retiring in the 1990's. Bill also wrote the CQ's Novice columnist from 1977 to 1997. In addition, Bill also wrote for QST, 73 and Ham Radio magazines. Bill became a club member in the 1950's. Bill was a commercial radio operator since 1944 and an amateur since 1949. Born in Boston in 1927, Bill was a veteran of the Merchant Marine in World War II. He ran amateur radio licensing courses for 50 years. 40 of those were from the W6LS club in Burbank, CA. Bill was a member of A-1 Opera- tors Club, ARRL, FISTS, OOTC, QCWA, RNARS, and SKCC. Bill produced volumes of training materials including amateur radio training tapes for blind students, which were available through the Library of Congress. He taught thousands of people how to become amateur operators. Bill continued to encourage new hams through his on-air activity in the Novice bands. He sent a QSL card for every contact he made and he created the Ten American Districts (TAD) Award, which was named after his dog. Bill name was synonymous with the W6LS club/call which are well noted legacy's in the amateur radio community ...from... Newsletter

Contributed by: Mike (N2MG)

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