Tribute to Rickard
"Dick" M. Klein XV5BB, VP2DX, FM0FC, K4GKD, K9OPF,
November 7, 1944 - September 19, 2014
Dick was a charter member of the National Capitol DX Assn., member of the Florida Contest Club, and A-1 Operators Club.
Dick was active in Vietnam when club station XV5AC came on the air. He also made contacts as XV5BB.
The XV5BB historic contact was made to Fred Laun's (K3ZO) Argentina call sign, LU5HFI on June 2, 1973.
Dick also operated the 1975 CQWW DX CW contest in Dominica as VP2DX.
Dick K4GKD operated the 1975 CQWW DX CW Contest with Carl WA3HRV (now K3RV) and Ray W3ADT (now NM2O).
I knew Dick quite well in the
70's before he moved to Florida. As you noted, we did operate as
VP2DX in the 1975 CQWW CW from the Anchorage Hotel in Roseau and
also made brief stops at FM and FS on the same trip.
73, Carl K3RV
Dick operated CQWW DX Phone from Martinique with John N4MM, Jeff N8II, and Don K7ZZ.
I had not heard that Dick was a
silent key. I worked him on the air quite a few times from his
Tampa area QTH/mobile and he seemed to be enjoying life, but no
QSO's in about 18 months or more. Dick always sounded full of
enthusiasm and was a great contest op in the 70's and 80's. He
was one of the first I can remember to put up a wire multi
element quad towards EU which worked like gang busters from his
QTH in NOVA.
73, Jeff N8II
Dick held K4GKD for many years.
I think it was 1974 when we first met at Dayton. We hit it off
and walked through a good portion of the flea market, talking a
bit about our extended Southeast Asia vacations. I also remember
Dick operating from Dominica as VP2DX. No matter where either of
us were, we always took a few seconds to exchange pleasantries. I
can't remember when I last saw Dick, but I'll always remember him
as a nice guy.
73, Don K8MFO
XV5BB QSL courtesy of KX4R
VP2DX & FM0FC QSL's K8CX Collection
Info courtesy of K3ZO, K8MFO, K3RV, N8II
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