[CQ-Contest] Passing of Milt N5IA

Igor Booklan ra3auu at srr.ru
Fri Jun 10 06:23:10 EDT 2016

Was with Milt at VP6DX. A great guy with so much energy.

RIP my friend

73, RA3AUU

> I have my cellphone alerts set to breaking news on Tucson.com. The
> alert came out describing someone killed repairing an "amateur radio" tower on Mt
> Lemmon. My heart sank, and I knew who it was even before his name
> was released. I just now got home from work to find out the details.
> It happened 3 miles from my QTH.

> I first met Milt at a Field Day event with N2IC near Safford, AZ.
> Amazing Dxpedition stories and photos.

> Two years ago when I moved my station from KO7AA in town Tucson to KO7SS up on Mt Lemmon, I
> needed to sell everything to start from scratch. Milt made me a
> generous offer for "everything". He and his son showed up with a crane borrowed from
> the Morenci mine and we spent 10 hours taking
> down a 3 el 40, 5 el 20, 6 el 15, and 4 el 10 on an 89' crank up. We even pulled out 300' of
> LMR-400 out of buried PVC.

> I remember Milt had a body harness climbing belt, my wife took photos of us at the top of the
> tower with the crane lifting off the big beams. I was so impressed with his energy.

> RIP Milt, your passing is an epic loss to ham radio in the SW USA

> 73, Bill KO7SS on Mt Lemmon in southern AZ

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