[CQ-Contest] GM3BCL SK

Cooper, Stewart coopers at odl.co.uk
Sat Feb 7 23:06:03 EST 2004

I only just found out yesterday that Sandy Anderson GM3BCL died about two
weeks ago. I think there will be many on here who knew him, or at least
worked him in CQ WW SSB from time to time. I believe he actually entered the
contest every year from about 1948 until last year. That has to be a record!
I first met Sandy when I was about 16 and had just got my licence. I wanted
to do CQ WW SSB but I had never entered an HF contest and didn't know what
to do. He lived about a mile from me so I cycled out to his very large and
impressive house and introduced myself. As a sixteen year old who was new to
ham radio I was totally bowled over by his shack. It was out of this world -
it was so big he even had a snooker table in it! The entire station was
built into a very beautiful custom built wood library wall. I was
dumb-founded. He was very nice to me, and answered my (probably niaive)
Sandy was a US county hunter and even when I last visited him, in about
1989, I think he only required 3 counties to work them all. Sadly, I don't
know that much about Sandy, but I often worked or heard him in CQ WW SSB,
and I expect he put a very strong signal into east coast USA. His house was
on a hill facing north west, across the Grampian mountains in north east
Scotland. Sandy was a founder member of the local radio club.
This is just a personal tribute to the man who really inspired me to do
contesting. I hope there are others who remember him.

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