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  • ns7x

    2024-02-03 at 01:50
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    My husband died in April of 2022. Throughout our 30 plus years together, I was madly in love with him. If truth be told, I’m still madly in love with him. Suffice it to say that losing him devastated me.

    We were not the typical ham radio couple. Since the 60’s, when he was a Boy Scout, he wanted to get his license. Unfortunately for him, life, the universe, and other things got in his way so his plans to become a ham were relegated to the bottom of his priorities.

    Me, on the other hand, had been licensed as an extra for years when we first met. I was the one who taught him the difference between reactance and resistance, and who made the decisions about what rig to get and what antennas to put up. He always told me that one of things he found most attractive about me was that I was a ham. Pretty cool, huh?

    Anyway, he got his tech, and his general, and had great plans to get his extra – but then he took ill.

    I had only been minimally active on the ham bands when the love of my life died. I really hadn’t been “radio active” for a good number of years. My grief left me totally isolated – completely alone. Out of my desperate anguish, I checked into a local ragchew net. And presto-changeo! Like that! I found a whole group of hams who not only walked with me through my grief, but gave me reasons to look forward.

    It turns out that many of my local ham group have also lost their spouse. We now have a monthly lunch where we meet. We laugh. We cry. We talk radio stuff and we hug each other. A lot.

    I guess you could say that, for me, ham radio has been a life saver,