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Francis P. Tomasiello (N1TXK)

August 17, 2013

Educated as an engineer, Frank was a master of homebrewing and knew just about everything anyone could know about how vacuum tube equipment worked. When I foolishly tried to draw parallels to Frank’s homebrewing with my early ham kid building, his reply was that it “Doesn’t count because you need to design the rig yourself without those step-by-step instructions.” “Yikes!” I replied. Frank possessed a wealth of information about the many boatanchors he had over the years. While ham radio was a big part of his life, even bigger was his passion for homebrew OTLs - transformerless audio amplifiers. He always remarked that the use of transformers to couple an amplifier’s output to the speakers “got in the way of the great fidelity produced by direct coupling to those tubes!” Frank was generous with his time in helping to educate young people, especially at nearby H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, CT. He is representative of an era when ham radio operators created their rigs from scratch, with great pride and affection. He will be missed.

Contributed by: Joe (WA2PJI)

Contributed by: Joe (WA2PJI)

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