M3TUC, aka Mr. Tucker, is one of the few stations I was actively searching for on 40 meters. Always great contacts, always funny, always looking at the bright side of life. Never a ‘5/9 Hi Bye’ QSO – we talked about everything, from family to his dog.
I didn’t hear him for a while, which worried me. I got in contact with Pierre PD4JP, another Dutch station who frequently talked with him. Only then I found out that he was ill. Very ill to be precise, and we don’t know how much time he has left.
Such news brought back memories. In an attempt to annoy him, I always asked about Bruno (his German shepherd) first, before asking about himself. He always sensed that, and did his best to sound offended.
One of his wishes was to meet all his Dutch ham radio friends on 40 meters once more, something Chris M6CCX arranged today. Unfortunately his condition didn’t allow him to talk back to us. This time I made an exception to my standard “How’s Bruno?” question and I asked about himself first… All of his Dutch friends were present on 7.077MHz, wishing him all the best and saying goodbye to him, probably for the last time.
Hereby I want to thank Chris M6CCX and Pierre PD4JP for organizing this special meeting, and the following stations for being present:
Thanks Mr. Tucker, until we meet again.