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I honor my friend and first ham radio mentor, callsign K5TCK.  When I was but a freshman in high school, Paul and I chased after radio parts and salvaged radio equipment relying on usually nothing more than a few dollars, some shoe leather, and the generosity of older fellow hams.  Paul knew every ham operator in Northeast Arkansas and in his parent’s Ford sedan we hit the road and usually could find something we needed in Harrisburg, Augusta, McCrory, Wynne, Parkin, Earle, Marion, Marked Tree, Lepanto, Jonesboro, Paragould, and more and places in between. 

Most memorable was chasing down parts for a military surplus radio transmitter power supply.  It turned out to be a big Rube Goldberg affair with juke box transformers and scrapped military radio bits, open wiring on wooden racks and likely a death trap to the casual passerby.  But it worked because Paul was a radio genius, and my first ever ham radio contact was in Paul’s tiny radio shack with that ART-13 transmitter.  I was a nervous novice with the ink barely dry on my first FCC license but Paul expertly guided me into that special fraternity of ham radio enthusiasts.     

I still remember the thrill of that first contact in 1961 like it was yesterday.  That early interest in radio became an unbreakable bond of friendship between us.  Now, Paul is a Silent Key and we remember him fondly and wish his family well. 

73, OM


Don Reaves W5OR

Posted by Donald Reaves
Monday November 27, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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