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Ron Roden - G4GKO passed away. A great loss to the Amateur Radio Community

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Ron Roden G4GKO passed away on March 28th, 2004
- A great loss to the Amateur Radio community! -

It is with great sadness and deep sorrow, that the Amateur Radio community learned of Ron Roden’s death. He passed away evening March 28th, 2004, at the age of 80 years. IARU Monitoring System and all its members mourn for the great loss. Ron was the Co-ordinator of DARC MONITORING SYSTEM Intruder Watch of Region 1 from 1990 to 2002.

Ron Roden - G4GKORon Roden was born on January 27, 1924 in the city of Cardiff, South Wales. He was a student at Cardiff High School, and later became a telecommunications engineer. During World War II he served as a cable and telecommunications engineer on various cable ships to position and repair deep sea cables. During one of his cable jobs in Brazil he met a Brazilian girl, Ines, who then was studying Music and Philosophy in Sao Paulo. In 1948 they married, and Ron took his wife to England.

During the following years we see Ron on various locations around the globe: Starting as an Assistant Engineer he then became a Chief Engineer and finally General Manager of Cable & Wireless Corporation. He was stationed in Antarctica, Ascension Island, Bermuda, Cameroon, Canada, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and USA. His job was always dealing with telecommunications, either on short waves or satellite communication.

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