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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Ray (da Grump) Bilger (W3TDF)

January 7, 2016

It is my sad duty to report that Ray (da Grump) Bilger / W3TDF became a Silent Key Thursday, January 7, 2016. The end came peacefully while surrounded by a cadre of loving family members taking turns caring for Ray over these past many weeks while under acute hospice care. Ray's operating skills, salty humor and wit, as well as his decades of Membership in the Delaware- Lehigh Amateur Radio Club, The Quarter Century Wireless Association, The Radio Club Of America, and legendary record-breaking performances in the PAQSO Party, will be long remembered by hundreds of friends whose lives were improved for having known him. It was my honor to be counted among these. With a heavy heart, de Pete / NL7XM SK Great pictures of da Grump here:

Contributed by: (NL7XM)

I will miss Ray's depth of knowledge and humor at our DLARC meetings... RIP OM

Contributed by: Mark S. Bond (W2MB)

I'll never forget the many Field Days with Ray putting up his portable tower. He will be missed.

Contributed by: Marc Borgo (N3GRE)

One note about my almost 50 years know Ray, he always had a blood disease...70 % of his blood was diluted with BEER !!!

Contributed by: Gilbert Kauffman (K3CC)

I remember Ray for all the great times operating Field Day, Pa QSO Party, Winter Field Day, Sweepstakes, Stew Perry, 160 ARRL CW, and numerous other operating events. Ray was an energetic contest operator, not a diehard contester, but a selective contester. He loved PA QSO Party and Field Day. He held many county records in the state of Pennsylvania. We operated as a QCWA sponsored QRP Field Day station on his 10 acre plot at Grumpy Acres several years placing relatively well in the standings. Ray relentlessly chased Grid Squares on 6 meters. Ray’s recent EME efforts on 2 meters were a rewarding operation for him. Things he had dreamed of doing for many years. He enjoyed VHF SSB and CW. Meteor scatter was his new endeavor and built a MLA2500 for 6 meters that made 400 watts for him. He was very proud of that rebuild, and worked many new grid squares on 6 meters with it. His accomplishments will be remembered with him. PA QSO accomplishments is a legacy not soon forgotten. We will miss you Ray in the pile ups, and the numerous nets you joined over the years. RIP dear friend, keep that DX’ing going in the “CLOUD” 73 DE W3LR Don Curtis

Contributed by: Don Curtis (W3LR)

Those who knew Ray knew that he was a "hams-ham" and a "mans-man". Everyone marveled at his ability and skills both in ham radio and in life in general. He set the bar high for all ham. He will be missed and remembered. RIP

Contributed by: Joel Schwartz (WB3IWC)

I met Ray in 1978. He had a friend around Somerset NJ and he frequented 85 because it was a good path between Langhorne and Somerset. Years later, our paths crossed again when I heard him in the Lehigh Valley. I didn't get to know him personally until I joined QCWA and DLARC. He had a sense of humor. You could always count on him for a "Nay" at a meeting, or something comparable. The thing I admired about him most was his intensity. He had more drive than a lot of people half his age. He sure loved Ham Radio. Unfortunately, I didn't get to know him real well until the last few years, but I already miss him. --... ...-- .-. .- -.-- -.. . -.- ..--- .--. --

Contributed by: (K2PM)

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