AD7PK - March 20, 2012

Jimmy J. Tvrdy
Donald, OR
QCWA # 19812
AD7PK - Jimmy J. Tvrdy

Age 84, of Donald, Oregon, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. He was born October 16, 1927 in Buhl, Idaho to James Robert and Helen Martha (Kulik) Tvrdy.

Jimmie graduated from Shoshone High School in 1946. In 1948 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He worked as a Radio Operator and Sr. Radio Mechanic on B-29 Bombers until he was honorably discharged in 1952. Jimmie attended Idaho State College learning electronics. He worked for Philco; the National Security Agency and Elmendorf AFB. He later worked for the Federal Aviation Administration until he retired in 1994.

Jim served as president of the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club, The Quarter Century Wireless Association and the South Central Radio Club. Jim also enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography and woodworking. He was an Amateur Radio Operator and held the call of KL7CDG for over 50 years. After moving to Oregon in 2007 he held the call of AD7PK.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Hasper Tvrdy of Donald, Oregon; children, James, Patricia, Mary, Helen and Margaret, all of Washington; stepchildren, John, Lorna, Linda, Donald and David.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 30, 2012 at Wilson's Chapel of the Roses. Pastor Bill Sanders officiated. Military honors provided by Beale AFB Honor Guard followed within the grounds of Roseburg Memorial Gardens.

I've been a ham since 1950 and have lived in Anchorage, Alaska from 1956 to 2007, I relocated to Merlin, Josephine County, Oregon to be closer to relation. In November 2009, I moved to Donald, Oregon.

The present equipment is a JST-245 with a TS-570S as a spare. The rotatible tubular tower houses a TH-11, 4 element 6M beam and a 2/440 vertical. For the low bands we use a 500 foot loop.