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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Arnold Nelson (N6APA)


Feb 16, 2014


It often seems rather inadequate to condense someone's life to a few words -especially in Arnie's case. He will be missed by all his friends in the Silverado Amateur Radio Club. Arnold entered the Apprentice Machinist Program at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1947. Arnold worked for six years at Mare Island before transferring to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in 1955. He became an industrial engineer and was head of the Methods and Standards Program (UM&S) when he retired in 1981. Arnold’s main hobby was building and flying model airplanes. In 1967 and 1969, Arnold competed and qualified to represent the U.S. at model airplane meets held by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI); he then won back-to-back World Championships for the U.S. in Finland (1968) and Belgium (1970). Arnold continued modeling throughout his life, competing and continuing to win titles at local and national meets. In addition, he held a federal Amateur Extra ham radio license for more than 30 years and belonged to Napa’s Silverado Amateur Radio Society (SARS) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Contributed by: John Painter (N3APA)


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