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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX009 (1999)

ARLX009 Frederick O. Hammond, VE3HC, SK

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 9  ARLX009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 9, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX009 Frederick O. Hammond, VE3HC, SK

Fred Hammond, VE3HC--considered by many to be the Grand Old Man of
Canadian Amateur Radio--died November 7 in Guelph, Ontario. He was
86 and had been in failing health since suffering a stroke last

''Amateur Radio has lost one of its distinguished members and
champions who will be sadly missed by his many friends everywhere,''
said IARU Region II President Tom Atkins, VE3CDM.

An amateur for more than 70 years, Hammond was elevated to the
Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 1996 and--among other
accolades--once had been named Canadian Radio Amateur of the Year.
''His contributions to Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio causes are
considered legendary,'' said a Radio Amateurs of Canada bulletin.

ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, recalled Hammond
as an enthusiastic and generous supporter of the ARRL. ''Fred was
one of our most loyal benefactors,'' he said. ''Hammond
Manufacturing Company cabinets grace W1AW and the ARRL Lab through
his beneficence.'' The September 1995 issue of QST includes
''Thrills, Butter Churns and Honeycombs: A Visit to The Hammond
Museum of Radio,'' which depicts Hammond's collection of vintage
amateur equipment, a favorite personal project. It recently was
reorganized and reopened to continue his vision of preserving the
history of radio for present and future generations.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Club has posted additional
information about Hammond at . KWARC's
Paul Cassel, VE3SY, called Hammond ''a truly great radio pioneer.''

Visitation hours at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206
Norfolk St, Guelph are Tuesday, 7-9 PM and Wednesday, 2-4 PM and 7-9
PM (telephone 519 822-0051). Services will be Thursday, November 11,
2 PM, at the Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph.

Memorial donations to the St Joseph's Health Care Foundation, 50
Westmount St, Guelph, Ontario, the Foundation of Guelph General
Hospital, or the charity of your choice are welcome.

The families of Fred Hammond's sons William and Rob can be reached
c/o Hammond Mfg Co Ltd, Edinburgh Rd, Guelph, ON, Canada.


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