Helping Others Less Fortunate Than Ourselves
I just finished responding to an email from a customer that thanked me for providing a work environment for some people that have learning and physical disabilities. I thought it would make a nice, short blog post to share with you. The clients that build the ladder line, antennas and pack & ship everything for me, are such good people to work with.
In November of 2014, Charlie Reading passed away. He was the second owner of this business, W7FG True Ladder Line & Wire Antennas. His widow closed the business down and went to their facility and removed all of the equipment and supplies that were used in the business. Some of the folks there had been building the products for nearly seventeen years. I was told they were devastated to learn that they would no longer be doing this type of work.
In the months that followed, his widow and I were able to work out the details for me to take over the business and get the ball rolling again. I contacted the facility manager and told him "we're coming back"! When he told everyone that they'd soon be back in business, they were over-joyed to say the least.
A few weeks go by and I fly out to Oklahoma from Vermont, rent a car, go to Charlie's QTH to meet his wife and retrieve the equipment and supplies. It was fun to load the car with punches, drill presses, tubing, wire etc.
The next day, I showed up at the facility and met everyone for the first time. We were all pretty excited! I had plenty of help unloading the car and they had a special lunch prepared for me so I could join the entire facility for a meal. I was surely enjoying myself and met some wonderful, caring, dedicated people.
I was taught how they did everything, learned a lot about the process and figured out what we could do to become a bit more efficient and help make things easier on everyone. We're still improving a little bit each month.
When I left for the airport and had an hour or so to reflect on the trip, the people, the business etc., I headed back home with a new appreciation for the life I have and what I've been blessed with in my life.
The business has been a joy to operate and the added benefit of helping others is what makes it all worthwhile. I've made a LOT of new friends all over the world and appreciate the support of the amateur radio community that I've been a part of for over forty years.
When you purchase ladder line or an antenna, nearly 10% of the purchase price goes directly to others less fortunate than many of us.
All of us sincerely thank you for your support. Know that all of us on this end, will do our best and backup our products 100%, no matter what!
Thank you very much!