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Joe Scarpelli (K7BZO)

January 1, 2010

I haven't seen Joe since about 1960. Joe had been a Navy pilot during World War II serving in the Pacific theater. I was a young aspiring ham when I bought a home-built ssb-capable receiver from Joe in about 1957. Joe ran a television repair shop (remember those?) and was my ham mentor. I remember him telling me about the stiff requirement to become a Navy pilot then but I don't recall the aircraft he flew or the ships he served on. He may never have told me, actually, because lots of these guys didn't talk much about the war. I used the receiver to listen to ham QSOs on CW and learned code that way; eventually getting my commercial radiotelegraph license. I'll never forget Joe. I never got a chance to thank him because I moved away from Spokane, WA in 1962 and never lived there again. Thank you Joe! 73s and RIP.

Contributed by: Craig Jungers (K7EXJ)

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