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Amateur Radio Contesting Great Fred Laun, K3ZO, Silent Key

Date : 07 / 01 /
Author : Lee Moyle - VK3GK

Fred Laun (Alfred A. Laun, III), K3ZO, of Temple Hills, Maryland, USA, passed away on January 3, 2023. He was a member of the ARRL Maxim Society and Life Member, and a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club.

Laun was also a Director for The Yasme Foundation, an organization that supports awards and grants that recognize and advance the achievements made by radio amateurs. "Fred's service to Yasme and other amateur organizations, spanning decades, was unsurpassed, as were his contributions to amateur radio, for which he cared deeply," said Yasme Foundation President Ward Silver, N0AX, in a press release. "Well-known and respected around the globe, we know Fred's many friends world-wide will honor his memory, both on and off the air."

Fred was a regular participant in the Oceania DX Contest every year and many VK Contesters would have worked “Kilo Three Zulu Oscar” over the years. His station was well heard around the world. He will be missed.

Read a 2015 interview (PDF) with Laun, conducted by John Dorr, K1AR, for the National Contest Journal (NCJ).
Update 6/01/2023]
A tribute page has been assembled by Tom Roscoe, K8CX, on the K8CX Ham Gallery.
Read about Fred’s kidnapping in Argentina in 1974. Link

(Some info obtained from ARRL)

Read Tribute Link
Read Sepoct15feat.pdf Link

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