On a sad note, I was shocked to hear of the recent passing of Rich, KL7RA. While in Alaska, Rich was extremely helpful in building my contesting skills even from hundreds of miles away. Rich invited me into the Alaska contest group and he and the group helped me in so many ways. It was great to meet up with Rich last year at Dayton. Rich had a way with words and he was always there to help. I regret not getting down to Rich's station to operate after being invited. Rich had an amazing station and had a group of first class operators giving out Zone 1 in most of the major contests. His signal and wit will be sadly missed. I mentioned the AK group in my old blog many a time as all of them helped me to take contesting to the next level. Thanks Rich for all the fond memories and help over the years! RIP my friend!