[CQ-Contest] K4OJ SK

Thu Feb 12 22:54:52 EST 2004

It is no secret within the contesting community that Jim and I had some real
disagreements. Today those seem so trivial. With Jim's passing the contest
community has a very large hole in it. I would like to suggest the Florida
contest group immediately consider a K4OJ memorial trophy. Without Jim's
constant persistence and leadership the Florida QSO party would still be
just a ho-hum QSO party. His efforts and hard work made that contest what it
is today.
Ellen, and family, please accept my sincerest condolences.

MAL                N7MAL

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ellen White, W1YL" <w1yl at tampabay.rr.com>
To: <foc_members at yahoogroups.com>; "FCG" <FCG at kkn.net>;
<CQ-Contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 8:28 PM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] K4OJ SK

Dear friends:

In September of 2002 K4OJ sat at this computer and wrote a poignant obituary
honoring his father, W1CW, who had died that very morning.

On this afternoon of February 12, 2004, it is my reluctant turn to sit here
and tell you that Jim did not survive yesterday's surgery.  He left us about
11:30 a.m. this morning following liver failure after the somewhat risky
heart valve replacement.

Just this past weekend he had a tremendous time operating the FOC Marathon
and producing a splendid accounting of himself.  This was just one more
achievement during his lifetime of fun in and service to Amateur Radio and,
in particular, the Florida Contest Group of which he was the first
president.  His operating abilities were manifest and he almost always the
first one to volunteer his help, in spite of his declining physical

I know many of you will share my loss.

Ellen, W1YL/4 "ln"

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