Thomas Russell EI5EF has passed away at Tallaght Hospital after a long illness. Tom was a keen radio amateur for a long number of years. As a young man, he learnt radio in the Irish Merchant Navy, built his own transmitter, aerials etc at home.
During his time as an amateur radio operator it is believed that he spoke to the aga Khan, who was also a radio amateur, back in 1970’s. Radio in general was his passion and frequently attended his local club in Terenure.
He built up many radio friendships throughout the years, including Billy Bowles and Luigi from Inchicore.