[CQ-Contest] N6ZZ SK

Tree tree at kkn.net
Wed Feb 28 12:29:33 EST 2007

The Subject just looks wrong - like a busted call or something, but it is 
with great sorrow that I report that Phil Goetz, N6ZZ (ex W6DQX and K9ELT)
passed away on Monday.  

This is a great loss to Amateur Radio, the sport of contesting and anyone 
who knew Phil and his quick wit.  

Here are the details as reported by W0ZW:
Subject: N6ZZ, SK
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 07:25:35 -0700
From: "Wayne Greaves, W0ZW" 

It distresses me greatly to report the passing of Phil Goetz, N6ZZ on
February 27, 2007.  Phil suffered a brain hemorrhage in Ruidoso, NM on
Monday while playing racket ball, a game which he regularly played.  He
was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque but could not be

I only knew Phil for about 5 years.  I'm sure this email list barely
touches the number of people he must have known in the hobby.  Please
notify others who come to mind.  I personally contacted David Sumner,
K1ZZ by phone this morning to give him the news.

Phil was in the midst of outfitting a new contest station, having
recently completed building a new house in Alto, NM.  His quick fist,
Top 10 ranked contesting proficiency, and witty quips will be sorely

Funeral arrangements are pending.  

Wayne, W0ZW
San Patricio, NM

Phil has been a major part of my life ever since we met on the Southern
California Net back in 1968.  I looked up to him when starting out my
contesting career in the CD Parties.  

More recently - Phil was the person on the other end of gtalk during the
WRTC event.  He was my eyes, ears and advisor during the log checking 
process.  Instead of spending time playing tourist - he spent hours 
helping me test the code for the log checking program.  When the brown
stuff hit the fan with impossible deadlines and no sleep - Phil was able
to keep everyone together and accomplish the task.

Phil was an animal when contesting.  I don't think anyone could ever 
forget seeing him write with one hand and send with the other.  Here
is a drawing inspired by his operating technique:


Phil had lost his second wife to cancer and was busy starting a new 
life, recently married and building a new house and station.  He
has always enjoyed playing racquetball, so he died doing something 
he enjoys.  

Phil had the ability to turn almost any situation into a funny event.
Once, at the station of K6AC (Alex Connolly) - we were out in the 
"shack" and he found a box labeled "nuts".  Inside the box was a 
collection of large nuts used to bolt together the tower,  but also
included were some walnuts.  This prompted Phil to go off into a 
routine that had everyone in rolling on the floor.  

When operating at XE2SI during a multi-multi field day during a DX 
phone contest, I was standing outside the trailer Phil was operating 
at when I heard this:

- CQ Contest XE2 Sierra Italy
- The W8 - again?
- Sorry - W8 again?
- Okay - there are two W8s in there - only ONE of you go ahead.
- Roger - W8XYZ 59 6
- QSL - gee - I wonder how the other guy knew he was the one that was 
supposed to standby?

Maybe someone can post the look on Phil's face when he gound a microphone
at W1CW's QTH - and used it to make some QSOs in the phone CD party.

Rest in peace my good friend.  If I could imagine what Phil would want us
to remember from him - I am sure it would be something like "live life to
its fullest and never give up on your dreams".  


Tree N6TR

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