Very sad to hear about the passing of Dean Jackson, ZL1JJ.
Dean was in my form class for My Year 12 / Form 6 year at high school.
When I got my amateur license in Year 11, I made friends with Dean fairly quickly at that point (when I discovered he was also licensed). I actually met Dean through our mutual friend Ezekiel.
Dean did very well, given that he had been legally blind since birth. He used to commute via Taxi from Titirangi/Green Bay? to Manurewa High School because of the schools close ties to the Homai Blind College. Ezekiel was visually impaired, which is how it all tied together.
Dean ran a 'Young Amateurs Net' on the Amateur Radio National System, every tuesday at 1930hrs Local. I quickly got involved in this, usually via crossband links to start with (as I only owned VHF radio gear). This was the catalyst for the formation of YANZ by Dean, Myself, and the other net participants.
Anyway. This is the text of the notice posted to the AmateurRadio mailing list by Vaughan ZL1TGC, as originated by Jim ZL2BHF. Dean worked with Jim on aspects of the NZART Official Broadcast and Jim had always been a good friend to him as I recall.
It is with regret that I advise that Dean Jackson ZL1JJ became Silent Key at his home in Christchurch yesterday morning , Tuesday 11th of April. It is understood that his death was related to an epileptic seizure. Dean was just 26.
The funeral details for Dean ZL1JJ that will also be in tomorrows
This Saturday 15th April at 11.30am at The Bible Chapel, 66-68 Lincoln
Road, Henderson, Auckland. (Note this Chapel is opposite the hospital in Lincoln Road).
Dean, i'm sorry we didn't keep in better contact over the last few years. I'm also sad we didn't get to clear the air properly after our last few conversations - which, ultimately, are insignificant. I had planned to look you up if/when I make it to Christchurch. However i'm sure you are now at peace.
73s my friend.