On 6/4/2012 7:15 PM, David Thompson wrote:
> I remember Gene as an aggressive K1ANV in the ARRL SS in the late 1950's and
> later as an operator at Multi multi's.
> I ran into Gene again when a group of us went to Mount Mitchell in 1964. We
> did not carry an AM KW but we did bring a Clegg Zeus and Interceptor. We
> made 700 QSOs on 6 and about 300 on 2 meters. The only hams we worked on
> both 6 and 2 were Gene, Sam Harris, Ed Clegg, and Trav K9EBE of
> Hallicrafters. Gene said the 6 el Hy-gain 6 meter beam (only 5 feet over
> the garage) was a constant signal on both CW and AM at his QTH. Helen
> Harris was also worked on 6 from the big dish in KP4.
> Come forward to the 2003 and Gene and I traded e-mails about beams for 6
> meters. His advice was to use the 1994 or later Cushcraft design. He also
> pointed me to the K9MU modification to the older Cushcraft 5 element I
> picked up from Ron Hooper, W4WA. With the beam pointing N and using a rope
> for rotation I made 300+ QSOs in the June VHF Contest with a barefoot
> I always enjoyed his VHF column. I consider Gene a ham's ham. RIP Gene.
> 73 Dave K4JRB ex K5MDX and WA4MIV lead operator in 1964 on Operation
> Skytop II.
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Nice to read your comments about Gene. He and I were panelists on
forums at the ARRL National Convention in Houston in 2003 and they put
us together as roommates. A great loss for ham radio and his family and
friends. Ironically, I am on vacation at Montreat, NC and my wife, son,
and I visited Mount Mitchell today and had lunch at the restaurant
there. Unfortunately, it was mostly cloudy, cold and windy. The old
high observation tower has been removed and a lower, more spacious, and
more easily accessible tower has been installed. Dr. Mitchell's tomb is
still there. 73, John
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