I have to convey the sad news that on June 7th Peter, OE9PMJ, 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 effective treatment.
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 very end.
Until very recently he has been active on the moon using his OE9XXI call !
Peter has 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 !
Erich OE9ERC, Werner OE1WRS
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.
To all my dear friends,
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following the path God laid for me.
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 day.
If my parting has left a void, Then, my friends, please fill it with remembered joy.
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 one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don't lengthen it now with unnecessary grief.
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. (Albert Camus)
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 ausübte.
Wir werden Peter immer in unserem Gedächtnis behalten wie wir ihn kennen lernen durften, als stets freundlichen, aufgeschlossenen, hilfsbereiten und äusserst liebenswerten Menschen.