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« on: September 01, 2020, 09:36:09 PM »

Today I received some horrible news from Ralph, W3GL's son:

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Hi, hoping you can help me get out the word to the Amateur Radio Community; my father Ralph L Duvall Jr call sign W3GL (as I recall he also used the call sign W3NNK at some past time) passed away yesterday at age 93. He loved communicating with other HAM radio operators as long as I've been alive, and I'm absolutely certain he would want a final sign off to all the friends he made over the decades. There is a happy birthday thread from 2012 at the following address-
http://amfone.net/Amforum/index.php?topic=32000.0
I am unable to post there because I can't register to the forums with a gmail address. If you could post this to the forums I would be very grateful, my father was always very exacting about following up his contacts (I can remember his big smile when I would bring in the contact postcards from the mailbox). Take care and stay safe.


Many of us knew Ralph as a regular denizen on the Whats For Dinner Net, known for his keen wit and wisdom.  He was truly accomplished in many ways, and I know we'll miss him greatly.

I provided access to Ralph's account to his son so perhaps we'll hear from him.

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2020, 09:36:58 AM »

Bummer....extending condolences to his family.  I built a SoftRock 80 kit for him years ago as the parts were too small for him to see.  He will most certainly be missed.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2020, 10:30:23 AM »

RIP Ralph
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2020, 10:53:25 AM »

So sorry to hear.

Ralph was a funny guy - always had witty stuff to say. He still had an amazing, lucid, take-control attitude in his 80s and 90s. I will miss him.

RIP Ralph, W3 Good Luck.

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2020, 02:37:56 PM »

73 Ralph sir Goovius Louievus ...definately to be missed
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2020, 09:17:42 PM »

Rest in peace Ralph.

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Hmmm, trying to remember - Ralph was ex-Air Force, had worked for Philco Corporation in Philadelphia, was in a think tank.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2020, 10:05:03 PM »

Sorry to hear this. Wish I had known him.
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2020, 09:52:30 AM »

Drag. Ralph was cool, and really held his own with us young-uns. A brilliant man, and we'll miss him. Rest in Peace, Ralphie.

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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2020, 10:02:12 AM »

Wow ...... 93! And from talking with him I realized what a brilliant and talented man he was. I met him at one of Frank's (The Slab Bacon) pharties and was just captured by his stories. What a guy!

The quickest key in the east......He truly will be missed.
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2020, 11:29:06 PM »

So sad to hear this. Wondered about Ralph every so often over the last few years. Kinda figured I would hear this news eventually. He will be missed: his wit, love of radio, knowledge of many topics and the quickest key-up ever. Never a dull moment with Ralph in the QSO. May he Rest In Peace.
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2020, 01:11:46 AM »

Wow, that's really too bad.

Ralph was such a character !! He will be missed.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2020, 05:37:59 PM »

Just stumbled across this; Cry

God Speed Ralph.  You were quite the patriarch of the gangstas.

Like Buddly I sure enjoyed seeing Ralph over the years at Frank's yearly feast.
He could be acerbic and witty in the same sentence.  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2020, 11:55:50 AM »

He was one of the first AMers that welcome me to AM he was running a Kenwood TS-430 RIP Ralph
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2020, 05:09:12 PM »

Sorry to hear that Ralph is no longer with us. I have not heard him for several years and have wondered how he was doing. Over the years I enjoyed many chats with him, usually down in the "lower window" of 75 meters near 3705 or with the WFD Net. His voice will be missed but not forgotten.

73, Rob W1AEX
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