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Tom Williams (W5LUL)

August 15, 1991

Tom Williams (CMSgt - USAF), W5LUL (SK), was a friend of mine in the early 1970s when I was in my early 20s and going to college in San Marcos (Texas). When I first knew Tom he was (still) in the Air Force and stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base which was on the south side of Austin (it is now Austin - Bergstrom Int'l Airport). Sometimes Tom would drive to the Air Force facilities in San Antonio (about 80 miles from Austin) and he would frequently operate mobile 40M SSB (with a long antenna - he put out a very robust signal) and we spoke several times (that's how I first met Tom). Tom and his wife lived in what was then a very rural setting out in the country between Buda (it's pronounced 'buu-da') and Austin in a subdivision that was all by itself in the Texas hill country (now virtually everything around Austin is all grown up). The first time I visited Tom at his home the back property line was a barbed wire fence and immediately over the fence was the native Texas hill country. Some years later (probably after I'd been off in the Air Force for 4 years) I stopped by to see Tom and by then when I looked over his back yard there were more houses out the back of his property instead of hill country. The last time that I saw Tom was 1985 (by which time I was living and working in the Dallas area) when he flew up to Dallas in a friend's private plane to attend the yearly hamfest which back then was held in Dallas (it was moved to Arlington in about 1986 and then to Plano in 2005). Tom and I went to lunch and talked over old times.

Contributed by: Paul N. Nix (WB5AGF)

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