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Ken WV1Y became a Silent Key

It is really hard for me to report this however Ken WV1Y became a Silent Key on 9/8. I am sure that a lot of you knew and worked Ken. Ken was an old timer on the Net and would go out of his way to help anyone. Ken was Legally Blind and still managed to operate his station. He had a Friend, Kathy Dale who helped Ken for over 20 years and did all of his QSL Cards. I received and email forwarded from her by Frosty about Ken,s passing. God Bless Ken you will be missed. Dave KJ8V

From: N1KL – I got to know Kenny over the last few years, and will truly miss him on the net. He was an amazing asset to our net, putting the state of Rhode Island on the net for so, so many of us, especially those working on their basic award. Despite his disability, he persevered, and with the help of his assistant, Kathy, was able to get QSL cards out to all those who needed RI for their basic award.

He once told me that he got a kick out of it, whenever the NCS running the net on any given night, would refer to him as “The Voice of Rhode Island” ! And sure enough, he truly was.

Kenny was a dedicated GERATOLer, and a great gentleman. We shall miss him immensely. For those not familiar with Ken, I have re-posted the FEATURE we ran on him several years ago. RIP Kenny

Your friend, Kevin – N1KL

posted by Dave KJ8V in From the Administrator,GERATOL NET NEWS and have Comments (3)

3 Responses to “Ken WV1Y became a Silent Key”

  1. wg5n says:

    I really hate to hear the news of Ken’s passing. He was a fine participant of the Geratol Net and filled many a spot for several different endorsements on the Net. Ken could always be counted on to call for and pick up check ins up in the NE. RIP Ken. You will be missed. My condolences and prayers for his family and friends.

  2. wg5n says:

    I really hate to hear the new of Ken’s passing. He was a fine member of the Geratol Net and filled many a spot for several different endorsements on the net. RIP Ken. You will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Jack Ciaccia says:

    I’ve known Ken ever since I was in the USAF back in the 1960s. we were in the 322nd Fighter Squadron stationed at Kingsley Field AFB in Klamath Falls Oregon. Ken was a Master Sergeant in the MG-13 Fire Control System shop then. I was a ham then and my callsign was K1IVY. Both of us were from RI. He was interested in becoming a ham too. When I was leaving the base I sold him my Collins 75A4 receiver. He got a ham radio license sometime after.
    Fast forward some 40 years later, I’m on the GERATOL Net and I hear his familiar voice come on and I look up his call on QRZ.net and saw his name and I knew he was from Warwick, RI so I asked him on my call to him if he had been in the Air Force? Yes, he said, and we traded info and realized that we were friends from many years back. The GERATOL Net guys and gals that night let us have our “on the air” reunion. It was always good to chat with him. I’ll miss him. RIP old friend.
    73, Jack WM0G

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