[amsat-bb] Re: SK -- Den Connors, KD2S

Donald Jacob wb5eku at gmail.com
Thu Sep 3 10:37:03 PDT 2009

Den brings back fond memories of the beginnings of packet and AX.25.Those
were fun days. I enjoyed the TAPR meetings in Tuscon and came
away in awe of the knowledge and enthusiasm that he had.
I lost contact with him when he moved east and am saddened at this news.
My prayers and thoughts are for him and his family. He is one of those
persons that are very hard to replace. We were better with him.

Be in peace Den.

On Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM, Tom Clark, K3IO <tom.k3io at gmail.com> wrote:

> It is with much sadness that I report the passing of Den Connors, KD2S
> at 2AM this morning. Den passed on after a year+ fight to conquer
> lymphoma. This morning, Ralph (KD1SM) reported
>    "Den checked-in to our weekly Club information net on 70cm
>     Monday evening.  As usual, he sounded pretty chipper."
>    "Very shortly after that he developed a serious infection
>     and his non-existent immune system could do nothing."
> Den was TAPR's first president, overseeing the transition from a local
> Tucson club into the multi-national TAPR. He was a major sponsor of the
> adoption of AX.25 as the amateur packet standard. Under his lead, TAPR
> introduced the TNC-1 and then later the TNC-2. Den worked with me to
> define an amateur store-and-forward packet radio satellite; this morphed
> into the Microsats (AO16-16, IO-26. AO-27 & MO-30).
> Den moved to Massachusetts about 25 years ago to work at Wang Computers,
> and lived in Pepperell, Massachusetts.
> 73, Den -- you will be missed by all your friends!
> Tom Clark, K3IO
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