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Paul Bittner RIP
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:51:36 PM »
One of the interests I have followed over the years is Amateur Radio. Back in the UK I had an 80ft tower in the back garden together with (an illegal) 2kW amplifier.  I have a licence in Thailand but we are heading to a low in solar activity which is not conducive to contacting people around the world. One of the people I talked to from the UK was the Rev. Paul Bittner who died last week at the age of 85 as he fell from one of his towers.  Paul was lucky to have many acres at his disposal and he certainly made the most of it.  Here is his obit and video of his towers.

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11/01/2018 - from ARRL News

The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure within the Amateur Radio community and a prolific contester and DXer. His call sign was nearly always present in most major operating events, and even in a few lesser-known contests, and news of his tragic death and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him best.

“No one was more generous, loving, and encouraging to others than the Reverend Paul Bittner,” said Mike Lonneke, W4AAW, in a post to the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). “He called me last week to chat about what he and Mary were up to, like getting material together for their always long and hilarious Christmas newsletter. He also knocked me out with the latest of his funny experiences in his ‘Rent-a-Rev’ sideline.” Bittner officiated at the June 2 wedding of two well-known midwestern contesters.

Bittner was licensed in 1949 and held the same call sign ever since. He and his wife, Mary, WB0PXM, moved in 2000 to “The Farm,” a 120-acre spread in west-central Wisconsin. The first of the more than 50 towers began sprouting there before their arrival in 1982. As a ham, he enjoyed multi-multi contesting and DXing. His favorite band was 160 meters, and his favorite contest was the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest. Bittner’s son-in-law — Paul Husby, W0UC — operated VHF contests from The Farm and was a multi-multi regular as well.

“His station stands as a great monument to a selfless man of great grace and remarkable achievements,” Lonneke said. “Paul once told me that AIH stands for ‘already in heaven.’”

Contester and former ARRL staffer Dave Patton, NN1N, described Bittner as “such a good man and truly great ham.” W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, noted that Bittner had volunteered to operate as W1AW/9 as a headquarters station in the 2019 IARU HF Championship to celebrate his decades in ham radio.

NCJ Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, said that Bittner helped to build stations for many midwestern hams. “He was a mentor to hundreds of hams, and his enthusiasm for contesting was infectious,” Wright said. Bittner had said he wanted to be buried with a bible, a telegraph key, and a climbing belt.

“Thank you for giving so much of yourself to me and the rest of the ham community,” said contester Scott Neader. “We will never forget you.”

Other threads on QRZ appeared first at these links, but I feel that Paul deserves to be on the Zed front page too.

John, WØPV
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

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Re: Paul Bittner RIP
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2018, 12:14:50 AM »
Not many people that die doing what they love best.

If you could choose how you were going to pass away, would you want to go doing something you loved. a man who dedicated his life to his passion

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.