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Dr Tom M Nash (W5NWA)
May 27, 1974
Dr Tom Nash, W5NWA (SK), was an Amateur Radio Operator living in Dallas (Tx) when I first became aware of him while going through the 'Classifieds' section of 'QST' in early 1970. /// I had been licensed for less than a year (passed the Novice Exam in early Aug '69 and the Advanced in Dec '69) and, although I had purchased a used Hallicrafters HT-37 Transmitter in March (1970), I was looking to see if someone had a Drake transmitter for sale that would work with (in 'transceive mode' if desired) my Drake R-4B Receiver. /// To my pleasure I found an advertisement for a Drake T-4X Transmitter in 'QST' and it provided contact information (this was long, long, before there was such a thing as 'e-mail'). The transmitter was being put up for sale by Dr Tom Nash, W5NWA, and I gave him a call on the phone (back then making a long-distance call was not something done every day). To my pleasure Tom still had the transmitter and his asking price was within my capability. I made the drive to Dallas from my home in San Marcos (between Austin & San Antonio) and purchased the transmitter. /// I've never forgotten Tom's name or his call as making that purchase was an important event early in my ham career. A few years later (summer 1975 I believe) I came across Tom's call in the 'Silent Keys' section of 'QST' and felt sadness that he had passed away. /// I have left an entry (with additional information) on Tom's 'Find-A-Grave' Web Page - his Memorial # is 13936421 /// Paul N. Nix, WB5AGF (28 June 2016)
Contributed by: Paul N. Nix (WB5AGF)
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