W3BFH - August 22, 2006

Tom Dix

I have been asked as ex-secretary of Chapter 5, to make sure that this Silent Key announcement is sent in for the QCWA Journal. It is a little on the special side since Tom Dix, W3BFH, was elected as the first Chairman of the Delaware Valley Chapter 5 back in September 11, 1956.

Tom passed away on August 22, 2006 at the age of 91. He was a radio engineer and electronics expert. He earned a ham radio license as a teenager growing up in Merchantville, NJ. In 1935, he won a trophy for Best Amateur Station in Southern New Jersey. His station was in his attic.

He attended Lehigh University and took night courses at Drexel University to gain his education. In the 1940's, he was involved in developing black and white television for Westinghouse Corp and helped install a television aboard the USS Nautilus before its 1958 journey under the polar ice pack. He later worked for Philco and RCA before starting his own business, Great Valley Technology. He held patents for a lightning protector for invisible fences and a control device for golf carts.

Tom had been a Boy Scout volunteer in King of Prussia. He enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake and was active with the United States Power Squadrons. He was past commander of the Main Line Power Squadron and taught squadron sponsored courses in radio communications, navigation, and engine maintenance.

Tom was a Life Member of QCWA holding membership number 1084 and a Life Member of Chapter 5. He was active on the air and checked into the Sunday morning net of Chapter 5 as often as he could. Tom was an avid county hunter and had worked all the counties 3 times. Quite an achievement.

Tom is survived by 5 sons; Jim, Tom, Bob, Ron, and Steve, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 58 years, "Sally" Lenz Dix, died in 2002.

Don Field, W2UAE ex-Secretary, Chapter 5