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Author Topic: Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed  (Read 1432 times)

Offline redhat

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Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed
« on: March 09, 2022, 1746 UTC »
I got word a few weeks ago from his wife that Joe had underwent surgery for brain cancer and was on hospice.  O.P. was digging around last night and found this..

Myself and Zane met up at Joe's place in 2014 to hang out, and we used to chat on the phone from time to time.  I wish his family the best as they navigate this rough time.

I still have one of his loops on my roof and use it!

« Last Edit: March 09, 2022, 1815 UTC by redhat »
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Re: Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2022, 1803 UTC »
Sorry to hear, sad news.
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Re: Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2022, 1813 UTC »
Very sad news indeed.  Joe and I had several email and phone exchanges over the years, he was the guru when it came to resonant loop antennas.
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Re: Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2022, 1833 UTC »
Joe and his wife Sue are neighbors of mine. Nearly 10 years ago, he reached out and wanted to meet so we could chat about our mutual hobby.
We finally did and talked about all things radio, particularly the fun and goofy world that is pirate radio. Once he had completed work on his shortwave active loop, he graciously offered me one to use and I still use it today. The remote amp blew a couple of times mainly because local rodents had a taste for my coax. Never wanting to assume anything, I'd ask Joe about what the problem could be and he would just insist that I bring it by for him to repair. He'd never even let me pay him for the parts. That was Joe.

One day, he called to let me know Redhat was coming by. The three of us sat around the kitchen table chatting while Sue escaped to another room. I don't remember for sure, but I think the conversation lasted a pretty long time.

Sometimes when I was in the local grocery store, I'd hear someone call out "Hey Zane" and it would be Joe. We'd park our carts for a bit and take up the same topics while my wife would make her own escape. We'd finally break company when we realized we were blocking other shoppers.

The pandemic didn't help. I wouldn't see him in the store and would only catch a glimpse of him doing woodworking in his garage as I drove by. I should have just pulled in the driveway. Hindsight.

The picture from the link is what I always see when I think of him. While we never talked about hockey, he was obviously a big Chicago Blackhawks fan. I never saw him without a Blackhawks hat.

I'll miss you Joe.


« Last Edit: March 09, 2022, 1910 UTC by Zane »
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Re: Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2022, 2208 UTC »
This sucks

Joe was not only a class act and a funny guy, his technical knowledge was impressive.  I never met him in person, but we had several phone calls over time and he was always a positive force in this hobby.  I will miss his presence here - RIP JF.
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Re: Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2022, 2009 UTC »
This is terrible news - may he Rest In Peace.
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Re: Joe Farley, one of our own, has passed
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2022, 1324 UTC »
This is sad news.
Had not seen any of his logs in the Longwave Loggings for quite a while...
an absolutely amazing DXer. 
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