to a friend, Bob VE6YR
(Dec. 30, 2009)
radiosport world lost a great competitor with the passing of Bob McCarthy
VE6YR on December 22, 2009. Bob was an avid radio contester, particularly
active in RTTY (radio-teletype) contests.
VE6YR with the certificate he received in September 2009 for 3rd
worldwide low-power in the TARA RTTY Grid Dip contest.
of his most recent achievements was finishing third worldwide in the
RTTY Grid Dip contest low-power category -- quite an achievement
in the most active category.
always looked forward to hearing Bob on the air, and although we never
got to meet in person, he was a wonderful radio friend and competitor.
"met" many many times in contests over the years, most recently
in mid-October. Bob was one of my first contacts on teletype back
in June 2002 (when I held the call VE7ASK) and we shared nearly 100
logged contacts in the years since then.
a very new RTTY contester back in 2002, I noted
after my first-ever Worked All Europe RTTY contest:
matter how I fared, the experience instantly becomes part of my
personal golden old days of radio. Time to pause and reflect, thinking
about the stations I heard, the ones that got away, the quick notes
of encouragement from guys like Bob (VE6YR)..."
an inspiration Bob was to me in those early days, and he continued
that encouragement every time we made a contact or in his emails.
was an original and frequent member of our Aurora Busters team, which
was a bunch of Canadians competing together in the North American
QSO Party RTTY contest. I noticed Bob was less active on the air in
the past couple of years, but when I asked he always got on, even
if he hadn't been planning to, and was an invaluable teammate in several
NAQPs over the past few years.
particularly remember how we often shared greetings as two of only
a few operators on the air from Canada in the SARTG New Years contest
early on New Year's Day. This goes back to 2003 for me, but Bob was
doing the New Year thing a couple years before that... in fact, I
believe he got me going with this annual tradition.
long Bob. You will be missed here.