Akram Ladki, OD5BO - Silent Key


Lebanon and the World have lost today one of its finest Amateur Radio Pioneers. 

It is with grief and deep sorrow, that we announce the loss of our dear friend OD5BO - Akram Ladki who passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 87. Licensed since 1955, Akram is a member of RAL, and served on its board. Akram loved RAL and had a huge passion for Homebrew and Tubes.  

Akram was a genuine ham. He would build things that none of us in the club could dare to build in the past years. He was always curious and interested in improving his Amateur Radio station.  He would stay awake for long winter nights contacting the world with simple, some times home brew equipments. He had a secret about his homebrew microphone that helped him cut through the pileups with a superb audio quality. His collection of vintage equipment and tubes are unmatched in Lebanon. 

An old friend of Akram, Varouj - N6DBH/OD5CS remembers the old days with Akram where they together built radio related items. They had regular QSOs on 20m back in the 60s. "I already miss Akram's sincere laughter that still sounds in my ears. I miss the good old days with simple friendships. God bless you all. Kiss the Lebanese ground on my behalf". Variouj in grief commented from California

On behalf of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL) and the Hams around the world, we extend the deepest and heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his XYL Maha, family, friends and to all those who admired him as they mourn his loss‎. Akram left us physically, but he will always be in hearts and minds. He will be greatly missed. May his Soul rest in Peace.

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