[CQ-Contest] K4OJ Thoughts

K1AR at aol.com K1AR at aol.com
Fri Feb 13 16:00:36 EST 2004


I've been quiet on this over the past day or so as it's been hard to add much 
to what has been already said. So, I won't say much. Suffice it to say, it's 
not because Jim doesn't deserve it.

Jim was a unique and compelling personality in our ranks. A nonconformist in 
many ways, OJ simply got stuff done. I can't think of another person in recent 
times that has received such an overwhelming response to their passing.

My last experience with Jim was in the FOC Marathon. We worked on 15 meters 
and then moved to a few other bands as he had his goals set on winning the 
contest. After our 20 meter QSO, he asked me to try 40. I heard him calling me 
weakly, but without my amp turned on, he did not come back to my answers after 
several attempts. Little did I know that the lack of answers to my calls to K4OJ 
would become something that we would all have to get used to in just a few 
short days.

Whether it was pancakes in Dayton at 4AM or an e-mail that brightened our 
day, there's at least enough OJ memories left behind to begin to fill a void that 
has just been created.


73 John, K1AR

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