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Chris Meagher VK2ACD – Silent Key
On Sunday 5th November, 2023 Chris (VK2ACD) went silent key, Chris had been battling a debilitating disease for the last 6 years or so and finally succumbed to his final calling.
I met Chris when I first came back to the club in 2004 and struck up a great friendship through not only radio but several other interests that we had.
Chris was instrumental in helping to shape our club into what it is today. He undertook every job assigned to him with a dedication that we all admired, from tables at festival days to large amounts of research and work put towards the constitution that we now use.
He enjoyed our field and contest trips and operated with the attitude of take no prisoners. Chris was an integral part of the team which won our club’s first John Moyle Trophy, “The Presidents Cup” and continued within that team for several years, he was also a part of the team which ventured out in the cold every May to help with communications for the Tenterfield Endurance Riders club. That was his weekend for camping out and self sufficiency.
As a part of my technical team Chris was instrumental in the hut rebuild at Parrots Nest and the Woodburn Site. Building his own gear was a major part of his shack achievements and I remember him showing me the first transceiver he hand built from a kit from Elecraft. It would have taken a good eye to tell the difference between his radio and a factory build.
Photography was also one of his passions and he was asked on several occasions to exhibit his works at the gallery in Lismore.
In true Chris style there will be no funeral, his body will be cremated sometime during the next four weeks and his ashes laid to rest at the community cemetery on the property where he has lived for many years. There is the potential for a gathering, however there are no details at this stage.
I for one will miss our discussions on various subjects and certainly miss his voice on our airwaves.
Vale Chris Meagher VK2ACD.
Ross Dowse, SARC President, VK2ARD
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