I am sorry to be the bearer of some very sad news relating to an amateur who has been involved in operating an International Marconi Day station for more than 20 of the 25 years of the event.
I had the pleasure to meet him in person at a conference in Bologna in 1995 and we became good friends and corresponded regularly ever since. He was a very knowledgeable Marconi historian and the knowledge he possessed will certainly be very missed.
He regularly met with members of the Marconi family and, of course, this led to a reinforcement of his vast knowledge of the subject.
I am of course referring to Patrizio Ciancarini I0KHP
Pat unfortunately passed away on 8th April following corrective surgery undertaken to sort out a broken leg.
Our sincere condolences are offered to his Son Paolo and all of Pat’s family and friends at home and around the world. Pat will be very much missed by the amateur radio community.
Text of message received from Paolo follows:
my name is Paolo Ciancarini, son of Patrizio I0KHP
I am sad because I have to say that my father passed away on April 8,
in consequence of some surgery he had to sustain for breaking his leg.
I ask his ham friends to remember him while operating in the next Marconian days,
he would have been happy of that
Further message from Alberto IK0CNA a good friend of Pat
Dear Norman G4USB,
you were already informed for the passing of PAT I0KHP, founded and operator of IY0TC, TORRE CHIARUCCIA MARCONI STATION.
Pat left a great empty space, we all shall miss energy and enthusiasm forever.
We think the best way to honour him is to continue his mission,
so the station be regularly on the air IMD April 21 st.
Later, special cards will be sent, each repording the writhing “DEDICATED PAT I0KHP”.
This is what wanted tell you Norman, let’s meet for IMD.
I hope all Marconi Day Stations can honour his son’s request and take the time to make mention of Pat from time to time during the event.
Pat will surely be up there missing his chance to operate on the day. Only a short time back I received a message from Pat concerning his plans for yet another Marconi celebration, he was so enthusiastic and will leave as huge void to be filled.
Please try to work IY0TC and pass on your best wishes in memory of a staunch supporter of International Marconi Day.
Patrizio Ciancarini I0KHP now Silent key 8th April 2012 – rest in peace Pat