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Roy Larsen (ZS6QU)
Post Office Box 5321, Weltevreden Park, 1715 Republic of South Africa

Telephone Numbers:
LandLines: +27 (11) 478-0027, +27 (11) 478-0091
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SILENT KEY: Roy Stretton Larsen (1936-08-28 : 2007-02-06)

" .... FOC members will be saddened to hear of his passing, for his excellent morse on the bands was a joy to listen to..."
Mick Puttick G3LIK Chairman FOC





Roy (ZS6QU) and Vidi (ZS1EL)
Members of the First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC)

" ... taken during Roy and Laura's visit to us in Feb 2006 ... " Vidi (ZS1EL)




Roy (ZS6QU) in his radio room - circa 1985




Roy (ZS5DN/1 - ZS5QU) - Operating from the LARSEN family home in Sea View - circa 1953 




Roy circa 1999




Roy and Laura at Salbu South Africa




Children: Antony - Dayne - Diane - Bergen LARSEN



SILENT KEY - Roy Stretton Larsen (Born 1936-08-28 : Died 2007-02-06)

Roy is going to be sadly missed by Laura and his children Antony, Dayne, Diane and Bergen.  He will be fondly remembered by his family, his banking colleagues and his many friends living in South Africa and abroad.

Roy grew up in Durban. He was the younger son of Victor and Ivy LARSEN and brother of David. Roy went to Sea View Government School and then on to Glenwood High School. He started work at the Mobeni branch of Barclays Bank when he was 18 years old and retired, at age 60, as Senior Manager of First National Trust in Johannesburg.

Roy (ZS6QU) was an ardent amateur radio operator. Due to his Morse code proficiency he was first licensed, as a second operator, at the age of 16 and operated under the call ZS5DN/2. He soon become recognised as a first class Morse code (CW) operator on both the local and overseas (DX) bands. Roy could gather callsigns out of a CW pileup with incredible accuracy and read almost any 'fist'. He remained an active CW operator up until the time of his death at aged 70 years and 5 months. Roy had friends all over the world and was proud to be a member of the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC).

Roy will live on in our memories !!!

Kind regards,

David Larsen - ZS6DN



Dear Family and Friends,

Memorial Service - Roy Stretton Larsen (Born 1936-08-28 : Died 2007-02-06)
Friday, February 9, 2007 : Time 11:00

Martins Chapel Roodepoort  - Telephone 011-672-8104
564 Ondekers Road (Between Gordon and Hendrik Potgieter)

Kind regards,

David Larsen

Thursday, February 8, 2007



Roy Stretton Larsen

Laura and Antony phoned just after 2 o'clock this morning to tell us that my brother Roy had just died of a massive heart attack. The medics arrived timeously but there was nothing that they could do for him.

As many of you will know Roy had his prostate cancer problem under control so his sudden death comes as a great shock to us all.

More news to follow.

Kind regards,

David Larsen

Tuesday, February 6, 2007



From Publication: FIRST NATIONAL BANK NEWS - FEBRUARY 1991

JOHANNESBURG - ROY Larsen, who had been promoted to the position of Senior Manager of First National Trust in Pretoria, received his licence as a radio amateur in Durban in 1955 and has continued to 'ride his hobby-horse' with enthusiasm and a fair measure of success ever since.

Thanks to the co-operation of the Radio Amateurs of the South African Radio League and 'participating Lions Clubs in the Multiple District 410' - to which Roy makes a major contribution - South Africa, for the fifth year in succession, achieved top honours against world wide participation in the annual contest, "Hunting Lions in the Air".

Roy's interest in this fascinating hobby was sparked off (which seems to be an appropriate expression!) by two uncles, 'Windy' Larsen, who became a radio ham as far back as 1926, and Gus Larsen. Both had a wide circle of radio ham friends all over the world. Roy's elder brother is also an avid radio amateur.

As in any specialist field, there are the purists. In this case the 'true blood' morse code operators comprise this select band (to use another word which seems to fit the bill!).

"Although I do some voice transmissions I would say that 95 percent of my contacts are by means of morse code," says Roy.

He receives stacks of mail on a daily basis from fellow radio hams all over the globe who send cards confirming station identification.



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