Friday, July 4, 2008

A Dear Friend Now Silent Key: Paul Richard Bailey, VS6DO

For those of you who recall the call VS6DO, you will remember the meter pegging signals from Paul Bailey back in the 80's. It is with a heavy heart that I write here on the death of Paul, he was involved in a tragic vehicle accident on Sunday June 22nd, he was only 62. Below is a news account:


In the 1:20 p.m. Sunday accident on Highway 99 south of Robertson Boulevard in Chowchilla, Paul Richard Bailey, 62, of Clovis, died and his passenger, Vinna Kin Wah Bailey, 60, of Clovis, was taken to Madera Community Hospital in Madera for treatment of moderate injuries.

Bailey was southbound on Highway 99 in the slow lane at an unknown rate of speed. The 2006 Mazda Tribute drifted onto the shoulder, Bailey overcorrected and the vehicle struck a large tree. The force of the impact caused the vehicle to overturn, land on its left side and hit a second tree.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor and seat belts were in use, officers said.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger

For many radio amateurs Paul was the first Hong Kong contact on the low bands. Paul was an Officer in the British police force. One of his perks was a top floor apartment and roof access of a multi-story apartment building located on Broadcast Drive, Kowloon. A 4-1000 amplifier and substantial antenna gave him the one of the loudest signals out of SE Asia on 80 meters in the early 70's.

He later left the Police Force and joined the SEC (Securities Commission) until his retirement several years ago. Having joined the Securities Commission, he moved his QTH to Fotan in Shatin where he became rather inactive on ham bands. He took up an interest in listening to music and golf.

He was a dear friend and his death was most untimely, Paul will be missed by all of us. Paul is survived by Kin, Derek, Sarah, Debbie, Jennifer and Stephanie. This is a story written about Paul in Radiosporting magazine, February 1987 issue by: Bill Tippett (W4ZV)

1 comment:

Katie said...

I am the daughter of the Legend
VS6D0 if you have any tracks or anecdotes or stories would love to hear from you.