Friday, November 20, 2015


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.
KL7RA in his Fairbanks shack before moving to Kenai in 2004.