Since October 7, 1952
|Lemmie, W4QI, my first cousin,
passed away in June 1997. He was licensed in 1931 at age 20 and held the same call
for his 66 years as an Amateur Radio operator. He was my inspiration to get my Amateur
Checking my radio log in the computer, I had 1,024 contacts with Lemmie using W4YDY and my two second station calls, K4IWJ and K5NC. I talked to him on the radio every year from 1953 to 1996 except for 1974 and 1975. Also I talked to him from a number of other stations including K2USA in Ft. Monmouth, NJ. Over five percent of my radio contacts until 1997 were with Lemmie. I do miss his voice coming in on my speaker.
|His wife, Mozel, K4VVA, passed away in August 1997. The
picture is Lemmie and Mozel on July 7, 1979 standing in their yard.
Thanks to William, WA4JMT, in Bristol, VA. for the first two pictures.
This is the J-38 Morse code key that belonged to Lemmie. It is probably the
same key that I used in 1952 when he had me studying the code for my Amateur Radio
license. I spent a couple of weeks in the summer with him and received my license in
October, 1952. Lemmie put the red tape on it and I will not remove it.
|Lemmie's radio shack in the 1930s. I can still remember when I was about four years old, we visited Lemmie at his home in Siler City in 1939. That was the first time I can remember seeing an Amateur Radio Station. With my chin just clearing the desktop, I stood in awe looking at all that equipment. He said he could talk far away with it! The bug had bit but it was about 13 years later that I got the license.|
|The picture as left probably was Lemmie's first QSL
card. Someone told me that many QSL cards from the 1930s had pictures of the radio shack
and the operator in the corner.
The receiver is listed on the
QSL card below as a Breting 12. Although the transmitter in the rack is different in the
two pictures, the receiver is the same.
|This was the QSL card
that Lemmie used for years. On the date blank, the year was printed as 194__. From that,
you can be sure it was printed in the 1940s.
Another first cousin of ours, Allen, KF4FMX, received his license in December 1995 and Lemmie was very happy that Allen finally joined the Amateur Radio fraternity. Silent Key in Mach 2021.
Allen and I both got interested in Amateur Raido in the late 1940s. I got my license in 1952 while he went in the Air Force and later started raising a family. He never lost interest so he did make it in 1995. He is in my log 58 times, first on 2 meter FM and later on 10, 40, 80 and 160 meters SSB. His QSL card below is for our first HF contact.
right is a QSL card Lemmie sent to W4BYY in 1935. The cartoon is right funny.
Found the card surfing the Internet and obtained it from the W8JYZ collection.
Click on the picture for larger version.
|On the left
is the address side of the card postmarked Siler City, August 1, 1935 at 11 AM.
on the picture for larger version.
|This is a circa 1957 picture of W4YDY at
Lemmie's station in the den of his home. He had a National NC-240D receiver and a Heathkit
DX-100 AM transmitter. Lemmie took the picture and it is now faded out and has many
scratches as you can see!
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