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June 2004

Got to know John over the past year and a half. During that time we became pretty good buddies. We talked several times a week. His health was failing him over that time, and he passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was a very interesting fellow with lots of great stories about his time in the record industry. I will miss our chats

Contributed by: Merritt B (CB)

Met John back in the very early 80's as we handled traffic for NYC/LI NTS. He invited me to my first ever field day and regaled us all with his stories about the record industry. He was a good Ham, a good musician, and a good friend to all who knew him. I am shocked and saddened by his death.

Contributed by: John H. Minners (WB2TQC)

I knew John when he was net manager of the NYS traffic net. He was a real pro and it was great to rag chew with him after the net. He had a great signal, too. John W2XS (ex-WB2SLI)

Contributed by: John Meade (W2XS)

John and I got to know each other a couple of years back. He normally sat on 14078 plus or minus calling CQ in Pactor during the early evenings. I'd fire up right after I got home from work and we spent many an hour chatting back and forth about radio, his life, my kids, etc often until he either went and ate his late supper in front of the TV or the band went down. He was always fun to chat with, and his QSO's contained a certain whimsical outlook on life that transcended his age. Pactor won't be near as fun anymore knowing W2LWB won't be around to chat with...ham radio has lost a good man.

Contributed by: Steven E. Matda (KE4MOB)

Sorry to hear of John W2LWB's passing. He chatted with his buddy's on the local LARC 147.210 repeater for many years. I got to know John by his voice and cheerful being. He never, ever had a bad thing to say about anybody or anything. He was also active on Pactor operating on 20 meters mostly. He kept tabs on other sick or recovering hams by getting them back on the air. Certainly one of the best !

Contributed by: Jack Fisher (K2JX)

I knew John, or Johnny Cue as he liked to be known, at two different times in our lives. When I was a teen in Brooklyn, NY, just getting on the air, John was the grand old man of qrq cw on the 40 meter band. This was in the late 1960's. Then in 1997 when I was living in Fairfield, CT, I ran into John again as he had moved from Brooklyn to Connecticut to be close to his daughter. We became friends and I often visited him, helping him with computer and antenna projects. He also taught me about rtty and pactor and got me hooked on the keyboard modes. He was the gentleman's gentleman. Two years ago I moved to California and we occcasionally spoke on the phone. I'm sorry that I never got to have a pactor qso with him from out here in California. We both would have enjoyed it. I am shocked and saddened to learn of his passing on this web site, but pleased that many have taken the time to remember a wonderful ham colleague. One that will be missed. Rest in Peace Johnny Cue. ...-.-

Contributed by: Ira Stoler (K2RD)

My first QSO with John was on 14 Aug 1965 when he lived in Brooklyn NY and I was in Staten Island (not long after, it was 11 Sept I believe, I met Ira, then WB2RDO). John was 46 then. His brother had a tavern on Staten Island... Not long after, I was invited to a fair number of recording sessions at Capitol Records in Manhattan, where I was fortunate to hear and meet some of the best jazzmen of the day... Jerome Richardson, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson. I recently met Maynard for a third time on 1 May and passed along Johnís best regards, and in fact, Maynard remembered him well. John and I were fairly close for a few years; I still have his old Vibroplex key (modified per his standards to get just the right balance) and his home-brew electronic keyer I got in trade for my Lafayette bug and a few other goodies. We kept in touch for almost 40 years, on and off. I remember coming up to midtown in the mid 1970s to find him working for ABC, I think, after Capitol was sold to a UK company; I remember him answering my CQ on 20 meters back in Nov 1978, very bad times for both of us but a lot worse for him as his wife had just passed away; and then in recent years, exchanging some e-mail and finding him on 7.218 MHz ssb every day with a few of his best buddies. His voice was still deep, resonant, right to the end. I just found out today (6 Aug). Iím going to miss John greatly. Heís one of those guys who will always be on my mind. Thank God for ham radio. John was a great cw man, a master, with virtually perfect tempo and rhythm; a great technician (we both attended RCA Institutes, now called TCI) and teacher; and a creative recording engineer, not to mention a good musician. But mostly Iíll remember John because he was simply a good man.

Contributed by: Vincent Biancomano (WB2EZG)

I was searching the database for W2LWB and found it wasn't there. A little detective work finally led me to this site and I'm really sad to hear the news. John used to live down the street from me (300 feet away). I used to walk by his house and stare at the large "TV" antenna above the house. What did I know, I was dumb school kid? And then I began shortwave listening. For some reason, every Saturday night, I would hear these strange signals on my receiver which were everywhere, no matter where I tuned. For months I puzzled over this and finally found the frequency it was coming from. I heard a callsign, "W2LWB" and realized that it was the same letters I saw on a license plate on a car parked down the street (the one with the TV antenna). Later that week and went over and absolutely marvelled at this giant radio room in the attic (well, it was giant to me!) I was hooked. I quickly finished studying for the Novice license and John administered the test to me. That was 35 years ago, and now I'm an old buzzard! Because we were so close together, QSO's on SSB were expecially interesting, but nothing could beat John's audio. It was an audio quality I still strive for. 73, John, we'll all miss you!

Contributed by: Mitch Stern (W1SJ)

It's so nice to read all the well-deserved tributes to John, who would have turned 88 on March 12, 2007. I miss him to this day; he was a wonderful Elmer to me and countless others. In return for the occasional dish of gingerbread (which he enjoyed with his ever-present coffee) he taught me more about radio than I can express here, and I cherish his J-38 which I use most days on the Empire Slow Speed Net (which he called "Slumberland!"). We'll never forget you, John.

Contributed by: Anne Fanelli (WI2G)

John, it's been over ten years since your passing, but for some reason your callsign came back to me tonight like a sledgehammer to the head. I haven't been on the air in forever and a day...but for some reason, I still remember you. God Bless, and rest in peace. Hope to see you sometime, shake your hand and say hello...out there somewhere in the ether. DE KE4MOB SK

Contributed by: Steven E. Matda (KE4MOB)

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