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Richard H. Warren (N7RH)
Just a dear friend; closer than a brother to me. 'nuff said.
Contributed by: Royce (KX7Q)
I grew up with Rick in NJ. He was very into Ham Radio in high school and we used to
talk in school and after school on the radio. Didn't hear much from him after he moved to NV, but we had quite a long QSO one day when we stumbled across each other on 20M.
I will miss him too.
Contributed by: Melvin Roberts (W3MR)
I remember Richard for his dedication to ham radio and to all the effort he put into it making it better. I miss him...
Contributed by: John Nance (WB7AC)
Rich was more then a good friend. He was a Brother. We spent many a night at KSRN talking after Janet (N1RNA/SK) had her strokes. Rich was there whenever he was needed.
Contributed by: Paul Ahkolik (W5PDA)
I just thought of a great (true) story about Rich: When I moved to NV from TX, he kidded me a lot about the lingering accent (I was raised in San Diego CA, but apparently had taken on the Texan way of speech). We originally met at the Bob's Big Boy, when I signed onto the 147.03 (Peavine Mtn) machine while sitting at the table. To my surprise, I heard my transmission over my shoulder and looking around, saw this shock of dark hair and a long face half-standing up at a booth, looking over the top to see if he could see who (or what) had keyed the machine. He immediately spied my old Wilson HT and replied to my call, talking in an exaggerated mock-Texan accent. It was a blast!
As we got to know each other, he quickly let me know that General class hams were not particularly welcome in "his" club, WADG (Wide Area Data Group, as creative club name as I have ~ever~ heard). Quickly, I was on the upgrade list and listening as KB7QY (now KW7W ... man, did Ron ever get even with us for kidding him about his old call) tutored us to upgrade on the 147.30 (MGM, now Bally) machine.
For my birthday in 1983 (I think), he gave me a new Yaesu FT-208R with my callsign engraved on the outside of the metal frame. He thought I needed a better HT than my old Wilson crystal controlled HT...man, was he ever right! I still have that radio; the batteries are now shot, but it could be on the air in a heartbeat with a new battery.
I owe to Rich, just about everything I am as a ham. Although my roots in ham radio go all the way back to the middle 1960s, and I didn't meet Rich until Summer 1981, he and I became the best of friends, fellow board members of WADG, colleagues and confidants.
My wife and I still maintain a long-distance contact with his wife, Donna--a dear and sweet lady--and often think of her daughter, April and the son born to Rich and Donna, viz. Richie III, or "Little Q" (from my callsign, since he was born on my birthday, August 16--an infamous date, not only for our births, but also because on the day I was born Babe Ruth died and then Elvis died on that date, about 30 years later).
I loved the guy...hated his guts (what an arrogant son-of-a-gun), but loved the guy! I say again, he was closer to me than my own brothers.
Contributed by: Royce (KX7Q)
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