FlexRadio Team Member Jim Reese, WD5IYT, SK

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Dear friends and customers,

I listed this a Praise because we are thankful for Jim's life and contribution to FlexRadio.

Our friend, colleague and FlexRadio family member, Jim Reese passed away last night after a year long battle with cancer.  Jim joined FlexRadio almost two years ago as a member of our engineering team and helped extensively with the FLEX-6000 design.  You will find his signature on the Limited Edition signature label.  Jim was one of those special people who always had a positive attitude and quick wit no matter the challenge.  He was undaunted.

Small companies like ours are truly extended families.  We spend a lot of time together and get to know each other on a personal basis.  We care about each other beyond just the job.  Jim was part of our family and we are all mourning his death today.  Two members of our FlexRadio team have known Jim for many years as a close ham radio buddies.  Steve and Greg will especially miss him.

I had the privilege of spending several hours with Jim at his bedside over the last two weeks.  It was a special time and I was glad that I had the opportunity to get to know him on a deeper level.  Jim’s positive attitude and open mind never waned.

Jim was 50 years old and is survived by his wife and two young daughters.  He has many friends across the ham radio community who also mourn with the family today.

I could write many things about Jim’s substantial accomplishments both at FlexRadio and in ham radio but I would prefer to simply say that we will miss Jim a lot.  


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Gerald - K5SDR, Employee

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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I concur with Gerald's sentiments completely.  Jim was a great friend.  I'll miss him dearly.  RIP, Jim.
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Ed, K0KC

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Although I did not know Jim personally, his work has certainly impacted my life in a positive way with the 6700. I would like to offer my condolences to his family and the Flex family. I understand how difficult it is to lose a dear friend, but let's hope he is in a better place and if not, at least his suffering is over.

Ed, K0KC
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 I didn't know Jim, but my heart-filled condolences to the entire Flex team and all of Jim's family.  I lost my Wife to this Disease several years ago. Maybe someday they will discover a cure. I will miss his FLEX papers, and convey my support for the team and all of his family.   God be with you all.
Bill W4EY

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Ken - NM9P

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My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the Flex-family.  I know it is heartbreaking to lose a member of your team/family and that it will likely take some steam out of the team for a while.  Words cannot bring him back, but I hope they convey our support for the team and all of your families.   God be with you all.

Pastor Ken Wells - NM9P

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Ernest - W4EG

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I did not know Jim but just like to pass my deepest sympathy to the family.  And I look forward for the day  when there will be no more sickness, hunger and death as promise in the Scriptures. 
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Charles - K5UA

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Amen brother.
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Keith Wolford

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Very sorry to hear this.  I didn't know Jim, but my heart-filled condolences to the entire Flex team and all of Jim's family.  

I will think of Jim and smile each time I fire up my 6700.

Keith - AE5XN
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Stu Phillips - K6TU, Elmer

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I had the privilege to spend a lot of time at the International DX Convention in 2013 with Jim.  He and Steve N5AC came out to California bringing with them the first 6700 to be seen in public as the N6V demonstration station.

Jim was a class act - soft spoken and a wicked smart engineer.  

I also got to work with Jim remotely over the months that followed as everyone at FlexRadio was hard at work getting the product to customer ship.

I miss Jim - his sense of humor as well as his engineering prowess were always evident and it made it great fun to work with him.

My deepest sympathy to Jim's family and to his colleagues at FlexRadio.

With great sadness.
Stu K6TU 
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Thanks Jim for all you have done for us and for us to have fun with Flex-6000 series, rest in peace dear colleague, friend and protector from heaven and watch over all color you loved and continue to do so

R.I.P. Jim

Best regards Frank IZ7AUH
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Dale KB5VE

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I talked to Jim several times over the years and while vastly more knowledgable than I he was able to come to my level so I could understand.

Though we have lost a good man he is not in pain and is experiencing the final reward we all hope to obtain. Good by Jim QRT for now, I but not forever.