Not to say that Ron and I were close friends - mere acquaintances would be a better description of our relationship. But Ron's name and call were a steady show in the major QRP Outdoor events and sprints. His website was a good resource on all things QRP Portable, especially antennas.
His presence in the QRP community will be missed, as he was so well known and so highly regarded. In addition to his operating exploits from the Appalachian Trail, he was also a presenter at Atlanticon when that was an annual event in the early 2000's.
RIP, Ron - Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!