† Ronald H. Madsen †
16 th. of August 1928 - 26
th. of November 2008.
My family patriarch, husband
of my mother, father of me, grandfather of my son.
He was a devoted family man, valuing the family life
very highly - always stepping in and supporting us where
My father was a seaman of heart,
having been educated in the Danish merchant navy.
Later he served in the Danish Navy, back to the merchant
navy again. When I came along, he was working
on the railway ferry boat on the Great belt, connecting
our Island of Fyn to Zeeland. He worked here for
more than 35 years, right up to one year before the
Great belt bridge made the ferries redundant.
My father at that time was
a CB operator (OdenseDenmark2308), with both a stationary
station as well as a mobile one. He gained knowledge
of radio communication from work, but he never did become
a radio amateur.
I cannot forget our portable operation
from his front lawn, with a 5-element antenna working
Canada. A cold January afternoon in 2002, on 6 meters
with him as co-operator using my former callsign OZ7M.
He earned his Worked All Continents at sea, and could
tell tales, of most of the places that I spoke
of having worked. A very complementary experience to
that of my amateur radio contacts.
Technology held his interest. When I
was a child, we built an electrific model railway -
latest computers and internet all caught his attention.
Although in poor health, it is of some comfort
he lived to experience the golden wedding anniversary
of 50 years of marriage with my mother.
With the privileges of having seen the world,
having a nice home and a caring family, he left this
world rich of experience.
Always loved and sorely missed.