I became a ham radio operator because my darling friend Diane was into them at the time. I also had the knowledge and familiarity of my uncle Tom, and my dad Pat being life long handheld amateur radio enthusiasts.
But I used my ham radio more with my dad than anywhere else. It gave us a connection and a purpose. He got me to volunteer and become part of the medical services team in Seattle. We went to meetings once a month for years together, which always meant lunch out with him.
He was always working the parades, all of the neighborhood parades and the big torchlight parades. He enlisted my help into being a ham for the parades as well. My first one was a local (small) parade up in Greenwood. The next few Summers he got me to do the torchlight parade. Such a huge parade and although I was there with him several years in a row there was always so much to do I didn’t really see him except before and after the parade.
However it was always wonderful to call from my station “KC7OXM to net Control” and my dad answering “Net Control, W7GTO go ahead”
I sadly don’t have many pictures of our ham adventures, the one attached is a comm academy event in 2009 that he brought me along to sell raffle tickets at for him.
Sadly he passed away yesterday. I am glad I got to tell him last Monday that I love him, but it is just not enough.