Laci Radnay, W1PL, SK
- I first met Laci at a library where there was a meeting of the Eastern
Massachusetts Net (EMN) - it was back in 1966 or '67. Most of the net
members of that time are silent keys - but not all which is surprising
- traffic handlers live to reach a ripe old age.
I went to the Quninopawit Radio Association - QRA - Joe Poges, W1DFS,
WA1FHU (Laci), Dean Straw WA1IRG (now N6BV) and Bob Ansell, K1WGM from
National Radio in Melrose, MA. What a great crew! Also there was
WA1DRO, Ralph Perry (now W1OUT) who was a fireman from Milton and what
a voice! He also was good at CW. I think Dean had some sort of CW
only prototype CW transceiver from National - hetrodyne VFO, break in!
Oh the memories!
Here is more from Dean Straw:
-----N6BV's message -----
Remembering a Remarkable Ham: Laci Radnay, W1PL.
January 21, 2008
With considerable sadness I hear that Laci Radnay, W1PL, passed away
last Sunday night 20 January 2008 at the age of 96. Laci and I go back
at least 40 years, for he was the
man who hired me at National Radio Company after I graduated from college in
1967. By the time I finally arrived in Melrose, MA, as a junior
engineer, Laci had moved on to work at Raytheon. So I never actually
directly worked under his tutelage.
However, I did get to know him well as a person, a friend and a
contest mentor because we lived nearby and we were both active members
of the Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA) in Wakefield, MA. I
remember getting my clock cleaned numerous times by WA1FHU (he was
then WA1FHU, while I was WA1IRG) in contests in the late 1960s and
Forgive me if you've heard this story before - I'm invoking my "old
codger" privilege. This is a how Laci taught me about contesting "iron
pants." My memory is a little foggy about the exact date, but I think
it was June 1970 when the QRA was doing a big-time Field Day. I was
operating 40 CW in the mid afternoon and I was making a lousy 10
QSOs/hour, a rate a hotshot young operator like myself, ahem, found to
be demeaning, even worthless. I got up, threw down the headphones in
disdain and said loudly that I was thoroughly bored. Laci sat down in
front of the radio and started operating, while I
marched off to get some coffee.
Some time later, maybe a half hour or so, I wandered back, rather
curious to see how Laci was doing. Lo and behold, he was making 10
QSOs/hour. As I watched him patiently call CQ after CQ, it suddenly
dawned on me why WA1FHU kept beating me so thoroughly in contests
where we went head-to-head. Laci
was sitting there actually making QSOs, while I was bored silly, but
making NO QSOs. "Duh," they say nowadays.
Laci taught me the lesson that he who has on his "iron pants," sitting
there grinding and grinding away, has a far better chance of winning
the contest. Keep on grinding away. That's a valuable life lesson, not
only a strategy about how to operate radio contests.
I last saw Laci at the Dayton Airport, about five years ago. There he
was, distinctive bushy mustache and a gray sports coat, slacks and
tie, smiling broadly and enthusiastically relating in his thick
Hungarian accent how he had worked some choice DX recently - on CW, of
course. That's what I remember about Laci Radnay, W1PL - his old-world
courtliness, seasoned with
overflowing enthusiasm for Ham Radio, this hobby we all love so well.
Rest in Peace, old friend. You were one of a kind. We'll miss you.
On Jan 22, 2008 9:51 PM, cloud runner <KT5X@...> wrote:
> It couldn't be said better, David. Only had the pleasure of meeting him once, at an FOC dinner in DC. His warmth of personality was exceeded only be his skill as a telegrapher.
> Fred - kt5x