From: Doug Hendricks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday was the second anniversary of the founding of the NorCal QRP Club.
We celebrated by having a club table at the Livermore swap meet. Samples
of all the club projects were there, the NorCal 40, the NorCal 40A, the
Sierra, and the Cascade. It was interesting to see the development in the
complexity and the skill of the kits. We signed up several new members, and
there was always a crowd of 10 to 15 around the booth.
Jim found a couple of Ten Tec accessories and I wondered off to check out
the goodies. When I returned, I got the shock of the day. Jim had another
box of goodies, and in it was "The Joy of QRP". Not just a copy, but a mint
condition copy!!!!!!!!! I have been looking for another copy of that book
for 10 years. I had one that I ordered from Ade Weiss, the author, and it
was personally inscribed. But, it was a casulty of the move from Kansas to
California. I immediately asked Jim, "Where did you get this??? How much
do you want for it? I have to have it. Name your price." All of this
came out before Jim had a chance to answer. Finally, I shut up and Jim
said, "Its not for sale."
I know that I must have had the most crestfallen look in the world as my
shoulders sagged with disappointment. Jim, with a twinkle in his eye, said,
"Its not for sale, because it is a gift for a good friend, you!". The
whole thing was set up by Jim. One of our members had called him and said
that he had some QRP gear that he was not using any more and was Jim
interested in it. He also mentioned in passing that he had a good book on
QRP, "The Joy of QRP", and was Jim interested in that also. Jim said that
he already had the book, but that I had been coveting his copy for years,
and that I would certainly be thrilled to get it. Boy was I. I think
that I would have been a great study in reactions, from the depths of despair
and disappointment when Jim told me that it wasn't for sale, to the "JOY" of
finding out that YES YES IT WAS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!! Jim had set it up for the
member to bring it to Livermore to give to me. What a Guy!!
Thank you Jim, for being a friend. I will treasure this book as one of my
most favorite possessions. Because it is about QRP, and most of all because
it came from you, a true friend.
Guys, I have a copy of the "Joy of QRP". I sat down and read it from cover
to cover as soon as I got home. It is a wonderful book. It reads as well
now as it did when I first got it. Ade, you must reprint this book. It
is a classic. MINE is NOT for SALE. Don't even ask.
The second anniversary of NorCal was a truly memorable day.
72, Doug, KI6DS
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