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Rich Strand (KL7RA)
November 20, 2015
This is very sad news.
I found out while reading score postings from the 2015 Phone SS that Rich passed the day before. This was quite a shock.
During the contest I received a strange message from W5GN that Rich sent me some traffic. At the time I didn't know what he was talking about. Now I know.
For the last 10-15 years Rich and I would always meet up at the contesting hospitality suites at Dayton. We'd set up shop at a table along with W5GN and a bunch of other contesters and tell tall contesting tales all night. It was one of the highlights of the trip each year. Rich was just a real fun guy to be around and as well all know, was a very accomplished contester. To say he will be missed is a understatement. But he left a legacy of contesters who learned the "trade" from him.
73 Rich. Keep those pileups going!
Contributed by: Mitch Stern (W1SJ)
I first met Rich when I was living in Fairbanks in the early 90's. He offered our radio club, Arctic Amateur Radio Club, a great tour of the NOAA satellite receiving facility just north of Fairbanks. He would also frequently attend our weekly ham lunch at the Bakery Restaurant and always talked about his latest DX. Visited his Fairbanks DX station several times and always wished I participated in one of his contest weekends. In the late 90's he moved out from under the auroral ring above Fairbanks, blocking most HF communications, to a more friendly and quieter HF location of Kenai Alaska where he built a top notch DX facility. Great to have known you Rich. Sure your propagation from above the auroral ring will give you everlasting DX to all parts of the universe. RIP Mr. Rich Strand.
Contributed by: Myron F. Babcock (KL7YY)
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