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« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2011, 05:31:19 PM »

Loved the video, and successfully downloaded a copy. An AM classic if ever there was one. That's the first and only picture of Rick, K8MLV (SK) I have seen. I talked with Rick on the air many, many times but, as with Bill, I never met him in person either. His death was tragic, but that's a whole other story. Dave is still on the air, now from Kansas City, close enough that I can usually hear him on 75 without any problem.

After Rick left 8-land, his signal was piss weak whenever I worked him from my station in Houston or from here, but he always said he would get the Johnson KW on the air "in the near future".  That near future never came. I understand he lived in a tiny mobile home in a trailer park and had limited antenna space, RFI issues, etc, which may explain why he never got round to firing up the KW.

Rick was famous for his "I hate slopbuckets" tee-shirts.  I still have mine. I recall Bill telling me once of his plan to attend a hamfest somewhere in northern Ohio, wearing that tee-shirt under his jacket, and "flashing" certain people with it at the hamfest.  Grin


According to the Electric Radio Index:
Photograph(s) of K8MLV:
July 93, page 24
Aug. 2000, page 3
Jan. 2001, page 32, 33
Feb. 2001, page 16
I think might have been on the E.R. cover too.
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« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2011, 10:16:37 PM »

I'm not quite sure why the other thread on Bill thread was locked down but here is some new and relevant information that was forwarded to me by Ed, VA3ES:

From: wb3fau@att.net
Sent: September 26, 2011 7:36 PM
To: boatanchors@theporch.com
Subject: [BoatAnchors] status of Ashtabula Bill- W8VYZ

To those of  you who know him, Bill was admitted to the VA hospital in Erie, PA,  over the weekend.  He  is having  difficulty  breathing and eating, as  his esophagus is  damaged.

I  visited  with him  on Sunday.

Operating is not an option as he is too weak.  They are  not sure  how long he will survive.  He  was sent home today, as he did not  wish to stay  in the hospital.  I talked to  his  wife,  she said to  please send get well cards to him.  Bill has  been an inspiration and  help to  many hams over the  years.   His address is  

3092 Plymouth Ridge Rd.
Ashtabula, OH. 44004.

73,

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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2011, 11:22:02 PM »

Sorry folks. My fault. I had accidentally locked the thread. Too many windows open at the same time when I was posting a response to Don.
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« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2011, 02:27:41 PM »

Folks:

This is very sad news.

I will miss hearing Bill on the air.

Dan

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« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2011, 05:04:18 PM »

Just received an email that Bill is SK.. Talked to him many times on 14286 over the years.. Another of the pillers of the old AM community has move on to his reward. 73's Bill
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« Reply #30 on: September 27, 2011, 05:48:16 PM »

Just received an email that Bill is SK.. Talked to him many times on 14286 over the years.. Another of the pillers of the old AM community has move on to his reward. 73's Bill

Another legend goes away. I've heard him on the air so many times, but other than the pictures in ER Magazine, I never saw pictures of his shack. I just finished watching the video that was posted above. Man, a BC-348 with an outboard Q5'er..............He was definitely a dedicated AM'er.

My condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace.
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« Reply #31 on: September 27, 2011, 06:31:25 PM »

I am very sad to learn that Bill is SK, we have made many QSO on 14286, I loved Bill, which was very kind .... My sincere condolences to his family
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« Reply #32 on: September 27, 2011, 07:00:59 PM »

He was definitely one of the mainstays.  Peace, Bill
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« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2011, 07:49:57 PM »

I am very sorry to read this......That was a fast exit geeesh. I thought there night be a few months left.

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« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2011, 07:54:35 PM »

I worked Bill a few times either on 40M or 75M, can't remember.  Listen to him many times.

Sorry to hear of his passing, he'll be missed.

73's and RIP Bill

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« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2011, 08:00:05 PM »

I think I heard him earlier this year and I probably talked with him last year. His wish was to come home where apparently passed away.

If seemed like he just faded away and that is not a bad way to go.

RIP Bill.

 
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« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2011, 08:00:56 PM »

Very sorry to hear that Bill has passed on. I enjoyed many chats with him on the top end of 40 meters. He was always a good man to pass some time with on the air.

R.I.P. Bill...

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« Reply #37 on: September 27, 2011, 08:04:02 PM »

I have watched to many good friends die to slowly.   When its time, its time and I am glad the magic carpet ride took him away quickly.   Thoughts go out to all of his friends and family as they mourn his passing.  It was obvious that he enjoyed life and lived it fully.  

I will get a sympathy card and send it to his family.  

I sure will miss all those great QSO's I had with Bill on 40 meters.  Those great memories will be with me.   He to me was a great OT'er right along with George, W1GAC (sk).  

Another Ham that is very ill is Dee, W4PNT.   Dee was best know to many AM'ers for all the Johnson cabinet paint and silkscreen work he had done.   Please keep Dee in your thoughts.    

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« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2011, 08:05:16 PM »

Such sad news.  It seems that so many good men have gone, and who is there to take their place?
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« Reply #39 on: September 27, 2011, 08:08:16 PM »

Talked to him many times on 7290.

He was a fellow Lake Erie fisherman.

RIP Bill.
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« Reply #40 on: September 27, 2011, 08:23:43 PM »

Astabula Bill was an AM classic.

I'll always remember,  "WWWWWWWWWW ba ya    - 8-     V-Y- Z "

Rest in peace, Bill.

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« Reply #41 on: September 27, 2011, 08:41:56 PM »

So many enjoyable qso's with him. One a kind, he will be missed by so many of us. My sincere condolences to his wife Sylvia, his ham brothers John & Jim and the rest of the family.
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« Reply #42 on: September 27, 2011, 08:59:28 PM »

After downloading the video and watching it, I'm even more impressed with Bill. I wish I'd had a chance to just spend an afternoon there talking with him. Got to love his open construction of everything in there. Pole pig in the open, variac on the floor. Bet he had no rats in that cellar. The quality is very good, was it Betamax or maybe Umatic?
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« Reply #43 on: September 27, 2011, 09:21:28 PM »

To my elmer and long time friend....we spend a many of hours in the basement working on stuff  !

I will miss our pipeline on 20 meters !

While in heaven, keep the slop buckets in check !

73's de Tim N5DWV
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« Reply #44 on: September 28, 2011, 03:47:15 AM »

R.I.P. Bill  ,  you were , and are , a true legend of amatuer radio .

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« Reply #45 on: September 28, 2011, 08:13:19 AM »

Such a great loss.He has gone to that "Big Bomber" in the sky where the radio is tuned to 7290.He will be missed.....Lee
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« Reply #46 on: September 28, 2011, 08:27:05 AM »

Many found Memories SWLing  Bill on my Transoceanic, as teenager, back in early 70's.
He was influencial in my getting a ham ticket, and getting on AM..  He was running his
rhombic back then and it was true "not a slop bucket in north america could bother him"

RIP Bill, and condolences to his family..
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« Reply #47 on: September 28, 2011, 08:50:40 AM »

I wondered what he used for an antenna.  Very sad news.
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« Reply #48 on: September 28, 2011, 08:55:49 AM »

Very sad news, indeed!
It breaks your heart that you will never be able to QSO with him again.

Bill, keep that "outboard slicer" warmed up, and dont forget to take your Bugler machine with you.

A terrible loss to the AM community.

God Bless and Godspeed

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« Reply #49 on: September 28, 2011, 10:17:36 AM »

R.I.P. Ashtabula Bill. 
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