We learned this afternoon our wonderful mentor and inspiration Rich Strand KL7RA passed away in Anchorage after a brief illness. This is a huge sorrow for the contest community and for Alaska hams in particular. His countless friends and a few enemies alike will always remember Rich for the funny, generous, determined, pig-headed genius he was. He built friendships and spread knowledge around the world.
|BCC at KL7RA for WPX CW in 2012. Rich is center right with suspenders.|