Jeff/KD4RBG in TT thread relating to ham Great, LB Cebik, Said:
"At this point, there are many more Amateur Radio Greats who have gone SK than
ones remaining. What other name comes to mind with regard to antenna
work that goes as deeply into the physics as Cebik's, yet remains
totally understandable and accessible to any given Amateur Radio
(Snip) -- Jeff/KD4RBG
Which segues into a question/Dilemma I have..
When another Ham great, from the Left Coast, Bill Orr W6SAI, went SK, his
family had a number of estate sales, at his home. When someone mentioned that
Bill's tower was on the block, I went up to see. I visited long after the
majority of his more valued
(in terms of dollars) ham commodity, station stuff was sold off, but a lot of
less valuable, personal Bill Orr stuff remained. While in his garage,
looking over his stuff that remained, I felt quite humbled, to be in/at his
shack, in a very modest home, on Campbell Lane, Palo Alto; looked like a home
on the "Leave it to Beaver" set/era. a very mall shack/shop
in his double car garage.
(Though he did had access to rather large ones in San Carlos ...(: >) )
There were so many personal items, his hand built test gear, noise bridges,
transistor checkers, etc. old breadboard works of art/radios, that were
featured in his HR and CQ series of articles, all of his Radio Handbooks,
which he authored, many of the smaller books that he wrote, about quads, and CB
antennas, and more of his of his technical library.
Also there, were the original paste up artwork masters that were the classic
Eimac Ads in
the ham mags of the 70s and 80s. Featuring 3-500Zs, to tubes with handles, to
giant steam cooled VOA style Eimacs, that had Plate voltages in the 12KV range
and fil currents in the hundreds of amps, jaw dropping stuff for a young ham at
But most personal were his hand drawn, penciled in, Smith Charts, and notes, of
his own antennas at his house and those of his friends, that he studied, going
back to the 60s. His "Ham Laboratory" notebooks. Featuring "80 meter diple,
back yard" and "15m beam" ...antennas that he built and tested at his
home...Done long before I even learned what that weird "Smith Chart" was..and
before computers were accessible to hams.
On the Bill's bookshelf, in the garage, I spotted a book about another
great... Don Wallace, W6AM.....but that is a story in itself... Then were was
Terman, Eitel, Hewlett, Packard.....
I called Jim Maxwell, W6CF (Yet, another Great--SK to see how/if he could
to find a good, deserving home for most of these and the other particularly
W6SAI Homebrew projects that were featured in Orr's Ham Magazine writings.
These were the ones I once saw featured in color pics in Ham Calendars.
I think Jim was able to do that, but don't really know, because Jim went SK
I could confirm.
Anyway, If someone does a biography on Bill, W6SAI, and wants material,
I may be able to help.
All the best,
Pat Barthelow (916) 315-9271
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