Many hams have given so very much to our hobby. In their passing, it seems unfair to only remember them with a simple callsign listing in the pages of QST or a quick note in a club newsletter. We hope to provide a method by which you can remember amateur radio operators that have contributed to our hobby.
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Tom was my Chicago high school friend
since 1962. He was a self-taught
skilled electronic technician, welder,
broadcast engineer, and mechanic and
could fix just about anything. He was
a long time member of Hamfesters Radio
In the late 60's and 70's he would
drive around Chicago operating 160
meter mobile with the largest whip
antenna and loading coil I ever saw.
He also owned many vintage This earned
him the nickname "Super Coil"!
Tom was a friend to all, especially
the older senior hams and would spend
hours helping them anyway he could. He
would also drive all over the USA with
his family keeping touch with his
Chicago friends and other
Tom was also a big time collector of
vintage ham gear and at one time owned
two Collins KW-1 transmitters and two
Johnson Desk Kilowatts. He will be
sincerely missed by me and his other
Gage Park High School friends. 73,
I first worked Tom on 160 meter AM back in the '60's while he was mobiling around the southside of Chicago.
His friend, Lefty, K9ZAZ (SK), would call him "Doctor Tom" in recognition of his troubleshooting prowess. Throughout the years I would see him at many hamfests and always enjoyed chatting with him. He will be missed. Phil - K9FH
Hadn't heard a nearby ragchewing
friend in quite a while. Mornings
were a regular thing. To my
dismay, my friend KA3SJK had
become a Silent Key. I never knew
his golfing accomplishments, just
that he was involved
professionally. Great Guy.
May we QSO again someday. 73 OB
and Rest in Peace.
|Joseph A. Staples|
Byron was an avid Amateur Radio Operator
and earned his license (W8SYD) at age 12.
One of the 1st Ham Radio operators I ever
knew. He probably influenced me towards
Ham Radio more than any other person. He
was my best friend.
|Anthony "Tony" Pazzola|
Tony was very special to those who knew him. He was the master of the one-liner - he could make Henny Youngman blush! I met Tony 40+ years ago and he instantly became a celebrity on the repeaters with stories and wit. We traveled to Dayton Hamvention some 35 times over the years - that's a lot of travel time! When not at hamfests, Tony was fireman and a crack emergency communicator. Tony had some significant health issues, but he never complained - he just told more stories and jokes. That is a trait we all should strive to embrace. Keep up the wit and humor as you visit those hamfests on the other side!
We first met Tony in the late 1970s when he was
working at the IBM factory in Essex Junction VT for
Fairchild, a contractor. Tony was in residence at the
Radisson Hotel in Burlington VT. We will always
remember “Club 604” which was his room. He showed
up on the Mount Mansfield .94 repeater and quickly
became a fixture on the nightly “Hoot Owl” net.
Tony eventually moved into a townhouse in Essex
Junction and for several years he kept us entertained
and amused with his antics both on and off the air. To
say Tony was a characteris an understatement.
Tony had a very interesting sense of humour. Those of
us who knew him will know what I mean. Much of it went
over peoples heads if they didn’t know him. ‘Nuff said!
In the early Eighties Tony moved to Albany NY and
found employment with the State of New York as a
procurement agent purchasing electronics for the NY
State Police. His kitchen table was piled high with
Motorola radios that were sent to him for “evaluation”.
They are probably still there. In addition to his
procurement functions Tony was also a tour guide at the
NY State Capital Campus. Those tours mustnhave
been a riot.
“BEJ” quickly became a regular on the Capital District
area repeaters and it was always a part of the journey
through the area to stop and meet with him and his pals
for coffee or a meal. Tony could quickly raise a wrecking
crew at several area restaurants so a ham travelling
through would never have to eat alone.
Tony loved to attend hamfests especially Hosstraders
like Hosstraders, Rochester NY, Milton VT, Dayton and
NEAR-Fest. Along with Mitch, W1SJ, Tony never
missed the Dayton Hamvestion. To ensure his buddies
had rooms every year Tony booked the entire hotel. I
joined them a few times and the long drive to Dayton
and back was a very interesting and entertaining
experience as well as the hamfest itself. He would
“work” at the BatteryTech booth with his buddy Dave.
Tony was a master of the fine art of being in the right
place at the right time. One time flying home from FL he
managed to get a seat on the right side of the plane
where he witnessed a perfect shuttle launch. As a
member of the Loudonville NY Fire Police he went to
New York City just after 9/11 and even got to have a
couple meals on the cruise ship that was pressed into
service as a command center.
Tonk knew everybody and everybody knew and liked
Tony. He was totally in his element at any amateur radio
gathering. He was one very funny guy and he will be
sorely missed especially the funny faces and silly noises
he would make on certain occasions.
He was a real piece of work! They broke the mold when
they made T.
Only those who knew Tony will know what this means.
RIP my friend. You may be gone but never forgotten.
The Albany NY repeaters are now being returned to
normal amateur use.
I first met Tony at "the Pile" WTC 9/11. I was volunteering with the ARC and Tony was the ham at the pile when we arrived day 10 thru day 14. I spent a shift shadowing a ARC official at a responder respite center and Tony made a point of introducing himself and taking me to the pile. Later I saw him regularly at Rochester Hamfest and Hamvention. I am a Syracuse native and he knew everyone in Syracuse as he lived here for a time and also Utica NY. He also worked Empire Games for a few years and I saw him there.
A great guy and a great ham. He is missed.
73 de Walt N2IK
|Richard James "R.J." Bozeman|
W5QKN, Richard “R.J.” Bozeman (1935-2019)
Through our years in ham radio, we meet some pretty amazing people. About 10 years ago, I joined in with a group of hams on 40 meters. They were kidding each other & having a good time like many of roundtables you hear on the ham bands. In this group, there was a cowboy preacher, a former county sheriff, an independent insurance salesman, a former Texas Dept of Public Safety officer, a Collins Radio employee, a school teacher, a WWII vet, a broadcast engineer, and several NASA engineers. They called themselves, “The Bubbas.”
Most amazing was Dick, W5QKN. He seemed like the rest of us. Down to earth & friendly to all but as time went by, I begin to learn more about Dick from the others. While at NASA, Dick had been a section head over the rocket test facility. He held numerous patents related to his work. In 1988, Dick was loaned out with a team of NASA engineers to work with Dr. Michael DeBakey on the heart assist pump or left ventricular assist device – LVAD. Dick used some of the design concepts of liquid rocket engines in helping design the LVAD. In 1999, Dick was inducted into the NASA Space and Technology Hall of Fame, and in 2002 along with other team members, he became a recepient of the National Commercial Invention of the Year Award for the LVAD, heart pump.
Dick was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia about 15 years ago, and he received chemotherapy every 18 to 24 months to control the disease. When I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2013, Dick encouraged me as I went through the various stages of treatment with bone marrow biopsies, CT scans, blood work, medical exams & consultations. The very first IV medication I received was a drug that Dick had also received numerous times.
Dick was born in 1935 in Minden, LA, and by the age of 13, he had become fascinated with electronics & ham radio. His early ham station was comprised of military transmitters & receivers left over from WWII, and he modified them to work on the ham bands. His transmitter in those early years was an ARC-5 Command Set. He was a high-speed CW operator, and when he became unable to send code comfortably during his later years, he still would listen to CW on the low-end of 40 meters in the evenings.
So there I was, one afternoon tuning around on 40 meters about 10 years ago, and I came across this group of characters carrying on. I began tune in to their regular skeds, once or twice a day on 40 meters. Then, we would bring our RVs to Belton and enjoy a fish fry together and checking out the goodies at the hamfest. When Shirley & I made our regular trips to M. D. Anderson, we would meet Dick & Joyce, his XYL, and other hams at Cotton Patch or Cracker Barrel in Bryan, TX. One of our last gatherings was a camping trip to Schulenburg where we brought our guitars and enjoyed playing music together one evening.
All because of ham radio, I met a most interesting group of hams. Several have become silent keys during the last 10 years but the most remarkable of all was Richard “R.J.” Bozeman, W5QKN. A brilliant engineer & friend who treated us like we were family.
About 5 days before Dick passed, his daughter Linda was sitting by his side holding his hand. Dick could no longer talk and was semi-comatose. As Linda held his hand visiting with other family members, she realized that her dad was squeezing her hand in an unusual manner. He was sending Morse code to her - “I love you.”
Finally, when I or others would tell Dick that we were praying for him, he would always thanks us. Rest in peace good friend; you're home now, and we're not far behind! 73 Lynn, K5AVJ
Here’s a video of Mr. Bozeman being interviewed on the Sam Houston State University campus by Dr. Pam Zelbst regarding innovation & technology.
I am greatly saddened to hear of Dick's passing. I only worked him once on the air but we had many enjoyable email exchanges about our common interest in biomedical engineering. We also shared a nostalgic longing for the days of maritime radio. He was a fine engineer and a good man. VY TNX FER BEING A FRIEND.
de W3UEC (Steve Dubin)
Dick Bozeman, W5QKN, is a name I will
remember until I pass on. I first met Dick
at his home in Marshall, TX in late 1950's.
At the first visit, he made a effort to
show me his radio equipment and made
suggestions on purchasing such equipment.
He was always helpful. Through out the
years we talked on the radio or via
telephone. One call he told me of a
Technical Writer's position at NASA (but
that didn't work out). However, it was very
nice that he called. And that was his
personality, always helpful. And thus, WE
will miss him. de K5CPD
I ended up with some this mans items in an estate sale . Thought i would post out of respect . Not sure date of passing
Rest in peace Ernie
Great guy and Elmer, ex USAF, RIP.
Bob was my mentor from the beginning of my ham radio
experience. He was my first radio contact. It was a CW
contact at 5 WPM. (He had to slow down a lot!) He also
taught me what I needed to know to pass the Advanced
license test. He is missed.
Rest in peace, Jack.
Charlie was a great guy who was always
ready to help a fellow ham or a friend
in need. I knew him both as a ham and a
Texas cow man. He will be long
remembered by those who for years were
regular contacts of his on 75 meter SSB
Bob was my mentor and freind for 60
He gave me my tech license in 1959 and
then I got my general 3 months later. We
were close friends and I also became
close friends with many of his family
members including Don Angus. He will be
missed by all of the Indianapolis hams.
Great DXer and mentor. We all miss Bob dearly. Truly a class act.
From the YCCC email list:
Past president of YCCC (1985-1987),
Bill was a wonderful human being and an
intrepid contester. A great loss to
ham radio and the many other
communities in which Bill was active.
One time adviser to Lexington (MA) High
School's Amateur Radio Club. Predeceased by his son, Stu, KC1F.
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