Silent Key – Fred Pickard (G3KNI) 1930-2015

Fred Pickard (G3KNI) 1930-2015

It is my sad duty to write this obituary of my old friend Fred. I cannot think of any more of my old pals of 60 years ago who are still alive and well. Fred Pickard was one of the five local amateurs that met in my mother’s house to form the nucleus of a new post-war radio club.

Fred was born in 1930 and until he married lived in a Bexhill Road that was opposite the ‘Downs’. Initially he worked for a local Radio/TV firm as an aerial fitter, for just then TV was starting to ‘take off’. One day he was up on a roof top and slipped, sliding down until he was saved by his shoes catching on to the gutter. He had an unpleasant stay up there until rescued.

A first meeting with Fred was during radio contact with him just after his gaining the call G3KNI. He had several more contacts which culminated in a visit, with another local, G3FXA, to his home. One thing sticks in mind regarding that visit, his brand new Labgear LG300 transmitter, considered at that time as a ‘Monster’ that could pump out more than 100 watts.

Fred did his National Service in the Army Signals Section but I don’t think he was ever sent overseas. After the Army Fred started work at the Police Radio Section at Cranbrook. There he steadily progressed to a very responsible position, retiring about 20 years ago. By then he had married and had a daughter Louise.

I never knew Fred to be angry or upset. He remained living in Cranbrook and has been for many years one of the regular call signs on the Sunday morning Net. Always friendly and helpful he was always ready to help beginners and others to cure little faults with their gear or antenna.

For the last few years, a widower, he has suffered health problems, often having stays in local or London Hospitals. Despite all his domestic problems with just his cat companion he has tried to live as normal a life as possible.

All who knew him personally or ‘on air’ will be saddened by his death. He will be greatly missed by many amateurs in Kent and Sussex his pals from earlier times and his former work comrades. Everyone who knew G3KNI will be saddened by his death. There will never be ‘another Fred’.

On behalf of the local radio amateurs who knew him I send sincere commiserations to his daughter Louise and her family. G3KNI Fred Pickard will be missed by all his friends and acquaintances. He is really going to be missed by us all.

John Heys G3BDQ.

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