Story from John Cliff, GØWXU

I have just visited your QRZ page and noticed you used to be WB6GBT. I wonder if you knew an old acquaintance of mine from 1968. A guy named Wes Louden. He was a WB6. I do not remember the rest of his call. I use to speak to Wes on 20m from the Garrison club station 9M2RH at Malacca in Malaysia. He had heard me in QSO with Tom – HS3TM, who he could not call due to security at that period. I was able to speak to Toms father who was in the same predicament due to Vietnam. Well one day Tom announced that he and his wife were coming over to see us all at the club. Like yea we all just hop on a plane and fly a few thousand miles to go and see some friends. We took it with a pinch of salt I suppose. A few days later I got the urgent call from the Battalion Signals officer telling me that Major Salisbury requested my presence down at the Ham club like ASAP, Wes Louden was on his way. No one with any sense would argue with Bob. He was the Garrison housing officer. All club members were called down to the shack to prepare for Wes and his lady arriving. Wes had persuaded the aircraft pilot who was controlling the plane to let him speak to the tower controller at Terendak air strip, who was one of our club, to let him know that they would be landing at Malacca airport shortly. It was a brilliant time for all. Wes was able to talk to Tom. Both he and his wife and all of us were taken on a Garrison tour of the Officers Messes. They met the Brigadier and his lady, all due to Bob. I was invited to call on Wes any time that I wanted to go over but never got round to it. Unfortunately I lost contact with moving about in the army .73 de John – G0WXU.

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1 Response to Story from John Cliff, GØWXU

  1. Richard Schwartz says:

    I sure don’t remember WB6GBT. I was lucky to exscape Vietnam due to the Nixonian lottery. At the time I was working on the Trident missile system and other weaponry in silicon valley, California. At that time (late 1960’s) I was young, ambitious, and innocent. I was doing a job, going to grad school, and trying to romance a gorgeous and smart Hungarian girl. None of those three ever worked out, and I don’t even have much hair on my head.

    Somehow this message got to me through Ketung. She is not yet licensed, but I am trying to get her to do it. Our son is a ham in Albany, New York. Here in Carson City Nevada the “Canned Hams” meet for breakfast every Wednesday, if you are ever in the area.

    But I am still a ham, K6YVL, and have been interested in paleo-computing lately. I am building a very long slide rule that should be good to four digits. It’ s easy with Microsoft Excel. To learn more, google the Otis King calculator.

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