Met Ham Friend :
- Tachio Yonemura
3 Months 13 Days.
Mr. Tachio Yonemura, my Japanese ham radio friend,
visited our home on 4/26 and we had a great time for hours having lunch
together. The last time we met was 1/13/63 - 54 years 3 months and 13 days
ago, when I was working in Gold Star in Pusan and was sent to Hitachi TV
Plant in Totsuka, Japan, near Yokohama, for 100 days, to learn TV design
technology from Hitachi, Japan.
I had ham radio station of call sign HM1AJ
in Seoul from 1960, until we moved to California in 1973. During this
period, except about 2 1/2 years in Pusan for Gold Star, I talked with
Japanese ham friends every day for about 10 years over ham radio
communication in Japanese, which helped me a lot to recover my Japanese
capability. I talked Yonemura san almost every week, sometimes a few times a
week. However, after we moved to U.S.A., I had U.S. ham radio station
licenses with call signs of WB6FII, KB6IR and
KE6AJ, but did not operate these stations for
most of the years. Therefore, I have lost contact with him for more than 40
years. A few months ago, I found his e-mail address in a ham radio website
called QRZ.com, sent an e-mail and got response back immediately. He said he
will be in San Jose few month later to go to Visalia, a small city near
Fresno, CA. to attend a ham radio convention.
AND HERE HE WAS .
It was my first
foreign trip and everywhere/everything was curious and interesting in 1963.
He took me to Hakone and various places around Kamakura where he lives. I
had really wonderful time with him driving around with his car.
I have displayed
this "WELCOME" message on my 60" TV in our living room when he arrived,
and many monitors in my ham radio/computer room too.
When we met last
time in Japan - 54 years ago.
He was a Kei-oh University student and I was Gold Star engineer.
On 4/26, at my
home. Welcome JA1BRK - Yonemura san.
It was a
great pleasure to see my friend 54 years later !!