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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Don Hilliard (W0PW)


March, 2017


I reacted with deep sadness when I heard of Don Hilliardís (W0PW/W0EYE) passing. I canít tell you the number of times he and I had lunch when I was starting in the world of VHF/UHF operating. His advice and hearing stories of what he and others had done encouraged me to get active and do things people never thought possible! Don lived on a mountaintop near Boulder, Colorado in an A frame house with towers..many towers. It was a location we all dream of having. I used to go up to visit and just dream what it would be like to have a QTH like that. He would fire up on 2 meters and work Iowa anytime night or day. What a motivation! His stories of accomplishing the first meteor scatter contacts on 144 and 220 Mhz. When he lived in California, he traveled the midwest operating portable MS back to his friends near LA. Stories of early EME contacts, exploits by W0UN and himself in the Collins tube rig days operating VHF portable at huge distances. Don was always pushing the boundaries! Don and his wife would just stop by our home in Colorado Springs when our son was a toddler just to say hi. That meant so much to us. Don was an organizer. He helped start the CSVHF Society and single-handedly started Microwave Update. He loved bluegrass music and played a good guitar. Many late nights at the early MUD conferences in Estes Park, Colorado were blue grass jams. Don helped me get on the microwave bands and encouraged me to do things that had not been done before. Like operating 1.2 Ghz., 3.4 Ghz. and 2.3 Ghz. from the top of Pikes Peak. Don loved the Ozarks and would drive from Boulder to southwest Missouri for weekends. I could never figure out how he could drive all weekend and still work at the NBS labs in Boulder, Colorado. Iíll sure miss Don. He was a gentlemanís ham! An experimenter. An encourager and a pioneer. Someone should write a book on his ham radio life, it is a story of excitement and challenges. With warm remembrances, Lauren Libby, W0LD

Contributed by: Lauren D. Libby (W0LD)


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