My second Elmer, and the one who really got me going was Hank Clark, W2IQ (K2DS). Hank lived about 3 miles from my apartment in Totowa, NJ. One day I pulled out an old receiver and was tuning around when I heard some very loud CW. I slowly got all the letters down, went to the local radio store and looked up his address in the callbook. I visited Hank and spent a lot of time with him. He is the one who gave me my Novice test. Hank was into AM and had a BC-610. What a neat unit. He had Collins and TenTec equipment and even loaned me his Omni D when he went on vacation. Hank could carry on a CW conversation with someone while he chatted with me. Unbelievable to me yet today. I eventually moved away and learned that Hank had moved to Tennessee (near TenTec). I corresponded infrequently and lost contact for quite a few years. Recently I found that he passed away a few years ago in a fall. I've found pictures of him on the internet and was going to change my call to his in memory of the great conversations we had. That call is now the club call to which he belonged. Fitting for a man who gave so much to me and others.
Henry D. Clark, W2IQ, SK: Henry D. "Hank" Clark, W2IQ, of Dandridge, Tennessee, died September 18. He was 81. Clark succumbed to the injuries suffered in a fall. Although not an employee of Ten-Tec, Clark had done extensive on-air beta testing of Ten-Tec products during the engineering process. "Hank was a dear friend of many of us at Ten-Tec," said Amateur Radio Product Manager Scott Robbins, W4PA. "He was the only person who wasn't a former employee who had free reign in the Ten-Tec offices. Most recently he had helped us with the Centaur and Titan II linear amplifiers and the Jupiter HF transceiver." Robins called Clark "a really great guy" and an asset to Ten-Tec and to Amateur Radio. "We will miss him," he said.