I have recently met Chris, of course from his home in UL, twice on 20m. It was early in the afternoon each time. As you know, 20m is the band activated at night in summer. His signal was coming through loud and clear in the daytime. It may be thanks to the condition or to his superb set up there.
Anyway, it has been almost 30 years since I knew him. He used to be a regular G guy coming through the long path on 40m at our sunset every fall. In adition to him, there used to be G3FXB, G3FXW and so forth. It was really a fascinating path opened for a while around our sunset. Chris was one of the sponsors as well as the only sponsor from G for FOC for me. I was puzzled not to be albe to get any sponsor from G. As Merle K6DC advised me, I told Chris I had known that my nomination would be expired soon. This expression was allowed since I did not ask him to sponsor me. What a delicate manner it was! Anyway, thanks to his sponsorship, I could be a member. Chris had worked hard as the secretary for, I guess, over 30 years for the club. He has been a big guy in the club. I am feeling thankful to him whenever I meet him on the radio. He might be the only sponsor for me, who is still alive. So every QSO with him means a lot to me.
During the QSO this afternoon, he has had a phone call, which kept him off the air for a minute or two. He explained he should bring his wife to a hospital. She has had a Holter ECG for a week. It was the time for her to attend to the hospital bringing the monitor. He told me it had not been anything serious to her. I suspected she might have arrhythmia or mild angina. Without explaining that, he went off quickly. I hope she won't turn out to have any serious problem.
His CW is always crisp and rhythmical. I always enjoy listening to his great fist. I would hear from him before he and his wife leave for Florida, his 2nd home, in Oct.