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Sidney Kitrell (W0LYM)

August 2, 1993

I knew Sidney from a couple of conversations we had on the telephone in the late 1980s when I'd called-in for some technical assistance to the Tentec Company. In 1988 I purchased a Tentec Paragon Transceiver and was having some difficulty using it on AMTOR (the continuously-clicking external amplifier keying relay was driving me crazy). Tentec has always been famous for its customer support but imagine my surprise when I found myself talking to a company VP ... Sidney Kitrell (I believe that he was Director Of Marketing). Sidney also owned a Paragon and he told me to just disconnect the relay (he said "It's there for the SB-220 owners of the world."). Sidney was very pleasant to speak with and I have never forgotten when he, a Tentec VP, took time to assist me. A few years later, when I heard that Sidney had become a Silent Key, I was saddened; he seemed like a really nice guy.

Contributed by: Paul N. Nix (WB5AGF)

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Sid at Telex/Hygain in Bloomington, MN in the 70s. We co-owned (with Norm Hendrickson, K0BT, (SK) a 2 meter repeater in Apple Valley, MN. Sid was not only a great guy but also an exceptional leader and an Elmer to hundreds of hams. His knowledge of all aspects of ham radio was unsurpassed.

Contributed by: Bob Novak (K0OK)

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