[CQ-Contest] A Tribute to Horst Lemp, DL8PC, R.I.P.

KC1F kc1f at prodigy.net
Mon Nov 12 13:23:36 EST 2001


     I still remember, after 30 years, that Horst was my very first
cross-band QSO on 40 m SSB when I was a high school student.  I remember the
clumsy switching arrangement with the SX-101 receiver and the Heathkit
HW-100 as a transmitter.  He always sounded like he was enjoying himself,
and he sounded the same on our last QSO on 1999 as he did in 1971.  My log
shows 27 qsos with him just since 1990.  It sounds like he went to his
reward doing something he loved.  Rest in peace, old friend !

                                    Stu        KC1F

----- Original Message -----
From: Fred Laun K3ZO <aalaun at attglobal.net>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 8:28 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] A Tribute to Horst Lemp, DL8PC, R.I.P.

> My friend Karl Renz, K4YT, a member of the German DARC, tells me that a
> recent issue of the DARC's magazine DL-QTC reports that Horst Lemp, DL8PC,
> has become a Silent Key.  I feel that I cannot let this news pass without
> paying tribute to this quiet, self-effacing but enthusiastic contester.
> "DL8-Papa-Charlie" was a reliable QSO on several bands in every phone DX
> contest in which I participated.
> I was fortunate to visit Horst a few years ago while in Germany to attend
> the Friedrichshafen hamfest.  Horst met Karl and myself at the country inn
> of Walter, DJ6QT, and took us on a guided tour of his rural antenna farm
> a high portion of farmland which he rented from a local farmer for the
> express purpose of setting up his contest station.  Just like Walter
> himself, and a number of other German contesters, Horst was constrained by
> German RF exposure regulations from operating contests from his home, so
> rented a piece of farmland for the express purpose of engaging in
> contesting.  Now there's an enthusiastic contester for you!
> Horst ran the legal limit at his contest station and had antennas for all
> bands including 160, but they were not all that high and were fairly
> as I recall, wires and tribanders.  The location, while not on a hilltop,
> was high and open and undoubtedly contributed to the fine signal I recall
> on every band.  Reportedly Horst died with his contest boots on,
> so-to-speak, suffering a cerebal hemhorrage while operating a contest,
> trying to make it to his car parked outside, falling in a ditch in the
> process, where he was found much later either dead or dying.  Thus he went
> out enjoying contesting right up to the end.  What an elegant way for a
> contester to exit, Horst!   R.I.P.
> Fred Laun, K3ZO
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