[CQ-Contest] Gary Schmidt - W5ZL SK

Barry w2up at comcast.net
Mon Feb 13 16:01:49 PST 2012

Gary was my teammate at HST 2009, and my wife and I had the pleasure of 
traveling around TA and LZ with Gary and his wife before the 
competition.  We had a lot of fun with them.
RIP Gary.

Barry W2UP

On 2/13/2012 5:15 AM, Bob I.2.WIJ wrote:
> It's a great sadness and an unbelievable bad news.
> Gary was our Referee at WRTC  2010 in Moscow
> Team Italy R37P (I2WIJ-IK1HJS)
> We both would like to express Gary's wife and family
> our condolences.
> Bob, I2WIJ and Carlo, IK1HJS
> ===========
> It is with great sadness that I pass along news of W5ZL's passing earlier
> today, February 12th. Gary was diagnosed with a very aggressive colon cancer this past May.  The
> cancer moved quickly to other parts of his body, and two chemotherapy
> treatment cycles did not slow the spread.  He recently celebrated his 66th
> birthday and 43rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Leslie.   To Gary's
> delight, Leslie was recently licensed and obtained his former callsign
> K5JFP. Gary was an energetic contester and accomplished CW op.  One of his
> proudest moments in his 50+ years in our radio hobby was representing Team
> USA in the High Speed Telegraphy World Championships (HST) in Bulgaria in
> 2009.   He was an active FOC member and was currently serving as President
> of the Central Texas DX and Contest Club.  Check out his extensive profile,
> including the many callsigns he has held, by reading his profile on QRZ.com
> . Gary's many radio friends around the world will miss his friendly smile,
> great sense of humor, clean fist, and superior operating abilities.
> Arrangements are pending. RIP OM. 73, Larry K5OT..
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Barry Kutner, W2UP             Lakewood, CO

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