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Chris Jones, VK2ZDD - Silent Key

Date : 25 / 08 / 2006
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

It is with very great sadness that I have to tell you that Chris Jones, VK2ZDD, passed away early today, Friday 25 August 2006.

Chris was secretary of the WIA, but more importantly the person whose vision and commitment made the WIA what it is today.

It was Chris who talked a group of amateurs in late 2003 into believing that a national WIA was a realistic and better option.

It was Chris who believed fervently that the organisation would grow if it delivered service and avoided conflict.

It was Chris who inspired so many to contribute in so many different ways.

It was Chris who contacted and organised the WIA Assessor training courses, who inspired so many people to make our new licence system really work.

It was Chris who made sure that somehow the WIA delivered many things that many wanted.

It was Chris who worked the phones like no one else I have ever met. It was Chris who involved so many people in so many things.

Chris Jones was a person who avoided conflict and loved to be surrounded by his many friends.

I extend our most sincere sympathy to his family and his many friends.

His passing is a very great loss to the Wireless Institute of Australia.

Michael J Owen
WIA President
25 August 2006


The WIA office has been receiving many inquiries regarding the arrangements for Chris's funeral. To assist, we will be posting the full details to this WIA website and emailing to members via the WIA news list once the date has been confirmed. At this stage we are expecting the funeral to be held at 9:30am Thursday the 31st of August at St Theresa's Church Chamberlain Rd, Padstow. Details will be confirmed on the website and by email on Monday.

Robert Broomhead VK3KRB
WIA Director
26th August 2006


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