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Clarence Sharp (K5DX)

September 3, 2001

From the ARRL Letter (10/5/01): Internationally known DXer and contester Clarence E. Sharp, K5DX, of Highlands, Texas, died September 3 following a long illness. He was 80. First licensed in 1946 as W5NMA, Sharp--who became known by his last name--soon was chasing DX with homebrew transmitters and antennas and a military surplus receiver. His welding skills--developed from his years as a machinist--came in handy when he built his own 80-foot freestanding tower from scrap steel pipe. Later antenna designs involved multi-element, multi-band cubical quads and towers up to 140 feet. His antenna farms of the 1950s and 1960s are the stuff of legend in DX and contesting circles. An ARRL member, Sharp was on the DXCC Honor Roll with 379 entities (mixed). Sharp also was an accomplished contester on SSB and CW, plying his skills in various operating events. Survivors include his wife, Irma, and three sons.

Contributed by: Randy Thompson (K5ZD)

I never met Sharp. But I'de worked him in many contests over the years. This past CW Sprint didn't seem right not having him in the log. RIP OM

Contributed by: BILL (W4AN)

I met Sharp in 1974, and finally got up the gumption to ask him to administer the Novice code test to me in 1978. A ham's ham, if there ever was one. 73 es CUL.

Contributed by: KE0AZ (KE0AZ)

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