Office for the Dead

Joe Johnson, KC9HDV, passed away last week. The funeral was today. He’s a great man and I had the privilege of talking to him both on the air and in person for many years.

I conducted the special prayer service called “The Office of the Dead” this afternoon. This is a form of prayer we use in the monastery, consisting of Psalms and other Scripture readings.

“We do not loose heart, because our inner being is renewed each day even though our body is being destroyed at the same time. The present burden of our trial is light enough, and earns us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We do not fix our gaze on what is seen but what is unseen. What is seen is transitory; what is unseen lasts forever”

… From Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians

Rest in Peace Joe!


Worked the Special Event station K2M, commemorating the Lunar Excursion Module for Apollo 11.


Had a nice QSO with Dan, N0TK, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Thought it sounded familiar. There was a school shooting there this week and Dan lived about 3 miles from that school!


Had a QSO with SKCC member VE1AHX, Ben, in Lockeport, NS (Canada)

(7.057 Mhz CW of course!)


VE1AHX (since 1967). First licensed as VE7AFP 1952. Other calls: VR2DG (back when VR2 was Fiji), VK4DE, VK5BP, G3PAH.  Main amateur radio interests: HF  CW, building kits, 2m FM mobile. Other weaknesses: Elderly Land Rovers, old tractors, making whirligigs (What’s a whirligig?  Visit

Member QCWA (for over 40 years!), SKCC,  FISTS

Pounding Gold

Pounding Gold (Vibroplex Gold Bug) on a cold Friday afternoon.

Worked KP2M in the Virgin Islands. I’m sure it’s much warmer there!


Worked Don this evening on my IC-7300 and Vibroplex Gold bug.

From his page:

“Originally licensed in 1976 but was off the air from about 1986 until 2014. CW is my favorite mode and I enjoy QRP as well as old classic equipment. My wife and I enjoy hiking and here are some spots in our part of Canada. My QSL card has the cedar canoe that my son Brian VE3IBZ and I built about 10 years ago.   Hope to see you on the air! SKCC# 15145   FP# 3791 NAQCC#8531 “