- Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

John Saunders (VK2DEJ)

November 2014

I just learned of the death of one of my ham radio friends. John Saunders. VK2DEJ passed away last November at the age of 84. He and his wife Eunice (RIP) provided my "home base" when I travelled to Australia and New Zealand in 1984. Each time I ventured out by train or plane from Sydney, I returned to the Saunders little home in Ryde, welcomed with a hot cuppa and a comfortable place to sleep. I was also able to transmit from their home with my Australian ham license and talk back to the USA. John was a broadcaster and he had a lot of connections in the TV industry. John arranged tours of the impressive Sydney broadcast facilities for me. He was also a member of the Studebaker Club in Sydney, for he owned an old Studebaker Lark (with a big V-8 under the hood) that he once drove all the way across Australia to Perth, across the barren Nullarbor Plain. I attended an official Aussie "barbie" with his club, and ate my fill. A few years later, John and Eunice ventured forth to the United States. A ham radio operator in Hollywood gave John and Eunice an old beater car to drive while they were in the USA. They arrived in Tucson with failing brakes, and I directed them to Aztec Automotive, a shop that serviced KOLD-TV's fleet at the time. The owner of the shop, George Browning and his mechanic welcomed the visitors with open arms. The mechanic, a man with wild hair and a crazy beard, had a name tag sewn onto his work shirt. It read: "Chainsaw". The Saunders were impressed. So were the mechanics. George liked my Aussie friends so much that he fixed the brakes at no charge. The Saunders and their newly repaired car made it all the way to the East coast and back with no serious problems. They were true adventurers and really nice people. I will miss them.

Contributed by: Wayne (K7WDA)

You must be a member of to post a story on the Friends Remembered page.

Becoming a member of is easy. All we need is a Callsign. The sign-up process prevents others from posting a story as if the story came from you. You can get more information about signing up and our strict adherence to confidentiality at the sign-up page.