With regret we report the death of DX League member TONY LOWE of Masterton last week at the age of 77.
Tony King reports visiting Tony just a few days before his death to re-erect aerials that had been downed in recent high winds, and contributes the following.
Tony Lowe joined the DX League in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s when living on a farm near Christchurch – he was good friends with Ian Peterson who was DX Times publisher in the 60’s.
He married Robin in Christchurch in 1961 and moved to the Wairarapa and worked firstly in the NZ Post Toll Exchange until it was phased out and then in subsequent occupations oriented to public service in Masterton.
Tony had some good catches on MW via a box loop before he lived in Masterton, but his preference was shortwave listening.
In recent years he was a daily monitor for the Rhema network (is the transmitter on or off) at a set time, and was active in the communications side of Civil Defence in the Wairarapa.
His Civil Defence work involved a weekly network check with all stations in the lower North Island.
Tony was also a member of the Train Society and on the Board of his local Union Church.
150 attended the memorial service for Tony on 18 February.