By now many of you would have heard that our good friend Klaus HB9CQS passed away this last week. Di VK4DI let me know with the following post
On our Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that we have to advise that Klaus HB9CQS became SK on Thursday August 23rd, aged 90 years young. Klaus has been a mainstay
of the ANZO 20m net for many years. He will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences go to his lovely wife Karen HB9CQR.
The letter below from President Ed N4EDT and Immediate Past President John ZL2JPM, reflect our sentiments. Vale Klaus.
From President Ed Tyler
The following is the text from a message sent by Dr. John Moriarity, immediate Past President of ROAR. I want to thank Dr. John for his
thoughtfulness as his note truly speaks to the notion that the fellowship is a family of Rotarian Amateur Radio Operators.
We establish long lasting relationships that bind us together in the fellowship known as ROAR!
"Dear Douglas and Karen
To Douglas, I thank you for passing on the very sad news of the death of Klaus. I have not had much success on 20 meters these past months
and my last contacts with Klaus usually resulted in me hearing him, but him not hearing me due to local noise conditions at his end.
To Karen and Family:
I pass on my deepest sympathies at the loss of such a great man of Radio. Klaus was a colossus in the world of Rotarians of Amateur Radio (IFROAR)
and his silence on the Bands will make us pause in reflection for a long time to come. Klaus was my “Benchmark” on the IFROAR European Nets.
His voice was perfect for Radio – clear, and striking. If I could make a contact with Klaus, then my participation on the Band was completely satisfied.
I enjoyed and looked forward to making contact with him and I have logged over 145 calls with him since 2011 when I first became licenced. HB9CQS is
one of the most prominent call signs in my logbook, but I am certain that many others would easily have logged hundreds more contacts with Klaus than
I have and they will also miss his presence amongst us with great sadness.
As the President of IFROAR these past three years, it was hard to think of anything that both pleased me and served as an example to our Members than
the Australia/New Zealand to Europe Nets on 40meters and 20 meters. Our European Members loved making contact with Klaus each Sunday as much as
they did with those of us so far away on the other side of the world – all of us made closer via amateur radio. Past President Bill (VK4ZD) met your family
and the warmth he expressed for Klaus and your family was evident to us and added to our respect for you all. Relationships like this have made your loss
personal to all of us who knew Klaus through our love of radio.
I am sure that our new President Ed (N4EDT) will echo my sentiments and pass on the sympathies of IFROAR as well.
In memory of Klaus (SK),
Dr. John P Moriarty (ZL2JPM)
Immediate Past President, International Fellowship of Rotarians of Amateur Radio
ROAR Nets Report from for Sunday 26 August and Tuesday 28 August 2018
0530z - 0600z Anzo Net on 7,110
From Bill VK4ZD
Doug ZL1BFS was 59-59+10 and gave me 59
Peter VK3KCDwas 58-59+10 and gave me 59
David VK3UCD running 5W (visitor) was 45 and gave me 58
John VK7FJFD (visitor) was 57 and gave me 59+
John ZL2JPM was 57 and gave me 56-7
0600z-0630z / 2200z-2230z Europe - Anzo Net on 14,295.2 Long Path
From Bill VK4ZD
Later heard by email from Pertti EA7GSU that Klaus HB9CQS had passed away the previous Thursday :(
Stunned; A friendly voice to be sadly missed
Doug ZL1BFS was 56
0800z - 0900z UK 80-metre Net on 3,694
1900z-1930z NA Transcontinental net on 14.285 August 19
0600z-0630z / 2200z-2230z Tuesday August 28th 2018 EUR 20m net on 14,295.2
From Bill VK4ZD
Rotary Club of Canberra