[CQ-Contest] Ron Wetjen WD4AHZ - SK

Joe nss at mwt.net
Tue May 10 09:53:13 EDT 2016

Ron was one of the guys when worked always knew me by name. Even LONG 
before computers were possible, I remember calling him, and he always 
said "Hi Joe" if I called him, or if he called me it was always a happy 
and pleasant, "Good luck Joe" after his exchange. Always made a great 
feeling in the middle of a competition to have a feeling of a friend!

Looking at a QSL card from him right now from 02/11/1978

73 Good Friend!

The Original Rolling Ball Clock
Idle Tyme
On 5/9/2016 9:03 PM, Dave Hachadorian wrote:
> My LOTW shows 104 QSO's with Ron.  They were mostly CW, with a few 
> SSB, and starting in 2015, quite a few on RTTY.
> WD4AHZ is a very familiar and instantly recognizable call sign.
> I didn't know him personally, but he was a good operator.  RIP OM.
> Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
> Yuma, AZ
> -----Original Message----- From: Chris Plumblee
> Sent: Monday, May 9, 2016 5:23 PM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Ron Wetjen WD4AHZ - SK
> Fellow Contesters -
> I'm very sad to report that longtime FCG officer and charter FCG 
> member Ron
> Wetjen WD4AHZ passed away this morning.
> Ron was at the inaugural FCG meeting at the White House in ~1994, and had
> been a continuous member since then. Ron had been VP-FQP since before I
> joined FCG ten years ago, and also maintained the websites and reflectors
> for FCG and FQP for a number of years.
> Unfortunately, Ron's health was beginning to fail him in recent 
> months, and
> he resigned his VP-FQP position following the 2016 FQP.
> Ron had carved out quite a niche, operating primarily LP CW from his 
> modest
> station (a tribander at ~50' and wires for 40m/80m) in a number of
> contests, though he enjoyed the most success in the ARRL 10m Contest and
> the FQP. Thanks to the generosity of sponsor K1PT, the in-state LP CW
> Plaque for the FQP will be awarded in memory of WD4AHZ, beginning with 
> the
> awards for the recently-completed 2016 FQP.
> In addition to his longtime service with the Florida Contest Group, 
> Ron was
> very active as a volunteer with the Sarasota County Emergency Management
> team, including serving as FD chairman a number of times, most 
> recently in
> 2015, and frequently volunteering to serve at the EOC for emergencies and
> drills.
> vy 73,
> Chris WF3C
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