Pitcairn Island Coat of Arms (from Pitcairn Is. gov't website)
The ham radio voice
of Pitcairn Island, Tom Christian, VP6TC/VR6TC, passed away on July 7. He was a
direct descendent of Fletcher Christian of Mutiny on the Bounty fame.
According to the ARRL Letter, Christian was diagnosed with "possible
Alzheimer's disease" in 2009, and reported that his wife, Betty, said his
health "deteriorated all too quickly" in his final months. Tom had
been licensed since 1957. He and Betty regularly used ham radio to communicate
with two of their daughters as well as friends around the world. Tom was 87.