I have to convey the sad news that on June
has lost the struggle for his life. He has been
hospitalized for the last 2 weeks as a consequence of a prostate
carcinoma which unfortunately had been detected too late for
A number of ham friends have been with him during these last
days and I am sure he enjoyed being surrounded by hams until the
Until very recently he has been active on the moon using his
OE9XXI call !
been known worldwide not only for his EME activities but also
for a number of technical innovations like microwave filters,
antenna designs, transverters, easy to build dishes and many
more. His technical articles have been translated and published
in a number of languages (Japanese, English, Russian, French
just to name a few).
He joined the Austrian Amateur Radio
Society in 1977, 78 he built one of the first repeaters located
high up in the alpine mountains. In the following years he
dominated the VHF/UHF contests in Austria before he conquered
the "ham summit" EME. His ham career culminated when he achieved
WAC #1 on 1296Mhz (23cm band) !
He has been an elmer to a number of
other hams, it is not by chance that there are a good number of
active EME stations within the small Austrian ham population.
Being a self educated person which
always took technical challenges as an opportunity to expand his
knowledge he started at age 46 evening school to become
officially an engineer. Just when his engineering consulting
service started to take off he learned about his deadly disease.
The doctors predicted him 4-6 weeks to live but finally his
strong will bought him more than a year. He had so many projects
he wanted to finish.....
The priest said with enough time left
he surely would have finished becoming a medical doctor - like
anything in his life he took his disease as an opportunity to
learn all and everything about prostate carcinoma, his strong
will to overcome it puzzled many doctors but finally god
decided to let him go.
Peter we will miss you !
I thank all of you for your thoughts and your kindness expressed
to my beloved husband, Peter and me. I shall treasure the friendship, all
those wonderful moments that we had, for the rest of my life; and I do know
that my Peter would do the same. I would like to take this opportunity to
share Peter's thoughts with you.
all my dear friends,
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following the path God laid for
I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day. To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that peace at close of the
If my parting has left a void, Then, my friends, please fill it with
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savoured much, Good friends, good times, a loved
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don't lengthen it now with unnecessary
Lift up your hearts and share with me; God wanted me now,
He set me free.
With all my love,
Silent key: OM Peter, OE9PMJ (OE9XXI) ist von uns gegangen.
29. März 1950 † 07. Juni 2004.
Die Grösse des Menschen liegt in seiner Entscheidung, stärker zu
sein als das Schicksal.
OM Peter Riml, OE9PMJ, Freund, Technischer Zeichner und langjähriger
UKW-Referent im Landesverband OE9 ist nach schwerer Krankheit
von uns gegangen. Unsere Gedanken und unser tiefes Mitgefühl sind
bei seiner lieben Frau Reinhilde. Er hat uns ein unvergessliches
Beispiel gegeben, wie man trotz schwerer Krankheit die Hoffnung
bewahrt und mutig seinen Weg geht. Wir verlieren in Peter einen OM,
der den HAM-Spirit lebte und in alle Welt hinaus trug.
Wir verlieren aber vor allem einen Freund, der in seiner
verständnisvollen, bescheidenen Art unser Vorbild war und immer sein
wird. Denken wir doch gerne an die Zeiten zurück, als wir mit ihm
gemeinsam die ersten Schritte im Amateurfunk machten, den er dann,
wie alle seine Passionen, mit an Perfektion grenzender Intensität
Wir werden Peter immer in unserem Gedächtnis behalten wie wir ihn
kennen lernen durften, als stets freundlichen, aufgeschlossenen,
hilfsbereiten und äusserst liebenswerten Menschen.
Wolfurt, den 7. Juni 2004
Erich OE9ERC, Werner OE1WRS