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Arnold Whitlow (NM8K)
December 15, 2017
Arnold was a good friend and will be sadly missed. Here is a bit of information about Arnold from his update to ORZ in July of 2015.
These days I'm more of a radio collector than radio operator. If I sorted through all my junque I could probably set up three or four complete stations. I do a lot of listening, but a lot of the stuff I hear is not fit for public consumption... kinda makes you not want to key the transmit...
My first exposure to radio was through my next door neighbor in a very small West Virginia town where I was born and raised. The neighbor's father lived about six miles away up a deep West Virginia 'holler' with no electricity. They both had six channel CB radios and talked to each other several times daily on a schedule. When the local grocer delivered groceries he always planned on spending an hour or two with jumper cables hooked up to his truck to charge up the father's battery. I was fascinated that ordinary folks could talk that far using radio waves.
When I joined the Marine Corps (1967- 1970) I jumped at the opportunity to take several communications courses through the Marine Corps Institute, then used the GI Bill to pay for an electronics engineering degree. As fate would have it, I spent the next twenty years as a truck driver and all my education was used repairing other trucker's C B radios. Everybody knew that old 'Empty Pockets' was the 'go to man' if your C B needed help. (And, as a truck driver, I got that handle honestly).
In the early 90's an accident mostly ended my driving career- messed up my walking ability pretty good. Then a bout with blood clots in my lungs nearly done me in, but I lucked up and found an extremely good doctor who put in a filter to keep the blood clots away from my heart and lungs.
Although disabled, I still managed to work part time until last year, when my legs said 'no more'. To fill my spare time in the late 90's I decided to get my Ham license and within about two years worked my way to Extra class. I served as the Emergency Co-ordinator for Fayette County ARES/ Races for several years and even served a couple years as president of the local REACT team. I even helped build our local low power FM station.
But to make a long story semi short, my disabilities finally got the best of me and I now spend all my time loafing. I am having to spend more and more time in a wheelchair, dragging an oxygen hose behind me and depending on the kindness of others to keep my antennas in the air and depending on my wife for the things I thought I would always be able to do.
I live about a quarter of a mile from the world famous New River Gorge Bridge in some of the most beautiful country that God made. We are both members of the Baptist Church and are firm believers in God, Guns and Country.
If you happen to hear me on the air give me a shout and we'll talk. I'm more into QSO's than contesting and if you need that rare part chances are I might have it in that big room full of junk...
Contributed by: Juddie Burgess (WD8WV)
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