Rod and his wife Phyllis getting together at a dinner of
the "Roaming Romans" ham radio net, in August 2005.
After retirement Rodney would talk on his ham radio with his friends who retired from work on the "Roaming Romans" net. It started as a weekly net about 1968. After most members finally retired it became a daily net. It continues, according to his friend Ralph Dieter, K1RD, "It goes on today after 45 years - with the survivors."
Ralph Dieter also said this of Rodney, "Rod was on the air the morning he died, he was talking to us on the usual morning net and went for a cup of coffee - he did not return. … Rod was one of the "old fashioned good guys!"