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Final QSO Sent

Want to shout someone a friendly 4 n 1. Do it here, and put their name in the hall of fame!

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Final QSO Sent

Post by Mad Trapper » Tuesday, 05 January 2016, 13:45 PM

Death of an icon.
Love him er hate him, 4444 has sent his last QSO.
I heard yesterday that 4444 had passed. Not wantin to propagate any rumours, I waited until I could confirm.
Accordin to a feller I talked to today, 4444 died in his sleep a couple of nights ago of a brain aneurysm. This same feller said he paid his respects @ the funeral home.
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Post by silvereagle1 » Friday, 08 January 2016, 8:32 AM

I hope it's not true. I heard a similar rumor last year and it turned out to be false. I had the privilege of talking to him a lot in the past few years. I liked him very much. He was a class act in my opinion. If it is true this time it's a sad day for radio. Maybe someone from the LA area can confirm?
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Post by 1206FL » Friday, 08 January 2016, 9:51 AM

He was a good dude and I think people get jealous of ones that get out over everyone else at times. But at any rate, every qso I ever had with him was very cordial and he never bothered me other then to give me an occasional laugh at best!! R.I.P. ART, ol 4444 65 miles east of Los Angeles on his 35 dollar Obama radio. Will miss hearing that!!!

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Post by MDYoungblood » Friday, 08 January 2016, 15:34 PM

Yes to not hear that saying any more will be a blessing to some but not to all, I talked to him on just about every channel he would get on, he was my east/west barometer for propagation. Art, you will be missed but you, that 5 element V Quad, 5K amplifier, and the antique Bugatti will always be remembered.

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Post by 1206FL » Friday, 08 January 2016, 18:12 PM

Same here MD. He was a good dude in my book and was just making the radio a fun place for some. He wasn't hurting anyone. Maybe made some jealous with having what he did. Who knows. At any rate he will be missed my many I'm sure.


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Post by silvereagle1 » Friday, 08 January 2016, 21:32 PM

Sad to say but it is true. I just found his obituary online. It's a very sad day indeed. I'll really miss ole 4444.
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Re: Final QSO Sent

Post by 1206FL » Friday, 08 January 2016, 21:40 PM

Man I will miss hearing him as well. Like said, he was a beacon for DX out west for me!!

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Post by Rabbit Ears » Saturday, 09 January 2016, 6:23 AM

Well, he was rang in at God's Quarterdeck.

RIP 4444. God Bless.
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Post by army1975 » Sunday, 10 January 2016, 4:40 AM

I personally didn't know him but condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.
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Re: Final QSO Sent

Post by Scholar » Sunday, 10 January 2016, 8:41 AM

Talked to him many times and he was great person to talk to. It was interesting to hear him sign on and talk about his $35 Obama radio. Many of our local radio enthusiasts talked to him also. He will certainly be missed from the radio community.

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Re: Final QSO Sent

Post by chubbypigfarmer » Saturday, 09 July 2016, 20:54 PM

I made this water gate of Art telling his Obama radio story Dec 22 2015, he knew me as Ish Kabibble here in Michigan, he said he was a Reject from flint Michigan.

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