KI7VDS Silent Key
KI7VDS Silent Key

KI7VDS Silent Key

Last Updated on May 31, 2023 by KC7NYR

 It is with a pain in my soul that i inform you, if you haven’t heard, that on Friday 4/7/23 Gary Moore, KI7VDS became a “Silent Key”.

   In the honor of a great friend, fishing partner and Ham that I am reaching out to everyone I can think of. I’m asking that if you have any pictures of Gary or met him at a picnic, swap meet or other event or just want to share memories, stories or simply comment about Gary please visit and post if you would like. If you would rather you can email your stories/comments to 

   Mark KC7NYR will be posting all the comments on the website and we will leave them up for all to read and reflect.

   For those of you who may of not known Gary well you will remember him as “ki7vds, Gary, Molalla” checking into the NTTN, Outdoors Net and the Oregon Emergency Net. 

   It was to my amazement that my first contact with Gary other than on the radio was shortly after I started the Outdoors Net. Gary had mentioned to me after the net one Thursday night that I needed to have a “tech tip” portion. So when I asked if he had any ideas or wanted to present something that he mailed me 4 spent CO2 cartridges that had been drilled and tapped and had an eye bolt threaded in the top. He suggested that I weigh, melt and pour lead inside the cartridge. After threading the eye bolt back in I would end up with a known weight sinker that could be attached to the bottom of the fishing line or rigged as a slider. As a fairly new Ham running a brand new net I was both surprised and thankful for his time and generosity.

   I thank each of you for your time and ask that if you know someone that knew Gary let them know or forward this email to them. Each of you are receiving this as a BCC to protect your privacy.


R.I.P. my dear friend. You are greatly missed.

 Glenn  WA7FSH


  1. Gary Moore

    This ki7yuw, Gary’s son. He is the reason I got my ham radio license. He helped me study for the test and even thought it took me 3 times to pass. He was there when I passed my test. He will truly be missed. I have met some really nice ham radio operators and made new friends along the way. If it wasn’t for my dad, this would have never happend. May you rest in peace dad. Thanks for always being there. 73….

  2. Trevor Matney

    GARY KI7VDS, I messed up your call several times in the beginning (2years ago) but you were always patient and friendly. You always had good information/ideas to share with all who would listen. You didn’t have alot to say, but what you said had depth, meaning, and purpose. Thank you for being my friend, and Rest In Peace

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  4. KJ7TPE - Victor

    KI7VDS Gary Molalla was a very recognizable voice on NTTN. I was fortunate to meet him in person at NTTN picnic and chat a bit. He was a knowledgeable HAM that gave me a hint of how to improve the efficiency of my magnetic mount car antenna when I use it away from my car as a portable antenna. I enjoyed his company at the picnic.
    I love the song “Still Got The Blues by Gary Moore”, and when I met Gary at the picnic, I cracked a joke saying that I finally met the singer! He smiled a bit, and he said that he is not the singer, he is the ham radio operator! 🙂 Rest in peace Gary! 73

  5. Strange but true:
    It was just about 2 years ago when Gary and I started planning a few fishing trips. Gary called me on the radio after one of the nets that we both checked into. He tells me that he was wandering through a store on the East side of the valley and saw a reel that he just had to have. Gary tells me that he bought the reel but didn’t have a rod to put it on and do I have any extra rods laying around. Silly question!! During our chat he tells me he wants a spinning rod. So we make plans to have breakfast that Saturday at Elmer’s over by I-205 someplace. Once we finish eating we retire outside to have a smoke and have our swap & trade. I give him the rod and he pulls a bait casting reel out of that ugly van of his… I stop and tell him that’s not the right setup. He says “you just watch”. Sure enough we went fishing the next weekend he’s got the rod and reel all set up ready to fish. I couldn’t stop laughing…. until about 5 to 6 minutes later he hooks and lands a nice little ‘bow.
    I’ll never forget the way he looked holding and casting that spinning rod upside down with a baitcaster on it.

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