Category: RIP

Via the ARRL: Ham Radio University Founder Phil Lewis, N2MUN, SK

The founder of the annual Ham Radio University in New York, Phil Lewis, N2MUN, of Lindenhurst, New York, died on March 5. An ARRL member, he was 72. Lewis grew up on Long Island, attended RCA Institute, and worked for Hazeltine and, later, BAE Systems in the aerospace industry. Licensed in 1991, he was a member of […]

Via the ARRL: Former CQ Amateur Radio Magazine Awards Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA, SK

Weeks after stepping down due to health issues, CQ Amateur Radio Magazine Awards Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA (ex-VK4AN, KH6GLU, AE7AA), of Clearwater, Florida, died on February 25, after a period of ill health. He was an ARRL member. De Young had held the position for less than a year, according to CQ Editor Rich […]

Via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Club President is among Two Killed in Knife Attack

The president of the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society in California, Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX, was one of two individuals killed on February 28 in a knife attack by a client at a recovery center. McIntyre, a father of two, had been interning at the Wellness and Recovery Center in Carmichael as part of his […]

Via the ARRL: Bar Code Lead Developer George Laurer, K4HZE, SK

The lead developer of the bar code system that became the now-ubiquitous Universal Product Code (UPC), George Laurer, K4HZE, of Wendell, North Carolina, died on December 5. He was 94. While an electrical engineer with IBM in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in the early 1970s, Laurer led the effort to develop the bar code […]

Via the ARRL: Signal/One Cofounder Harold Johnson, W4ZCB, SK

Harold Johnson, W4ZCB, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, died on October 11. An ARRL Life Member, he was 92. Johnson was a veteran homebrew enthusiast and a cofounder of Signal/One, which introduced a line of cutting-edge, top-tier Amateur Radio transceivers in the late 1960s, starting with the CX7. After his initial retirement, Johnson went to work […]

Via the ARRL: Lynyrd Skynyrd Founding Member Larry Junstrom, K4EB, SK

Southern Rocker Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB, died on October 6. He was reported to be 70. Junstrom was a founding member and bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, although he left the group before it recorded its first album. He’s better known as a member of another Southern Rock band, 38 Special, with which he performed from […]

Via the ARRL: Club Station Commemorates Amateur Radio Newsline Cofounder Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK)

The Amateur Radio Newsline Amateur Radio Club, WA6ITF, has adopted the call sign of Newsline cofounder Bill Pasternak, who died in 2015. Pasternak was a familiar voice in Amateur Radio news media, and a frequent presence at hamfests and conventions. He and Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP, established the Amateur Radio Newsline™(initially The Westlink Report) ham radio newscast. Pasternak […]

via the ARRL: Former ARRL Headquarters Staff Member John Nelson, K0IO (ex-W1GNC), SK

Former HQ staffer John Nelson, K0IO (ex-W1GNC), of Kellogg, Iowa, died on August 4. An ARRL Life Member, he was 72. Over his 25 years (1970 – 1995) on the Headquarters staff, Nelson served as circulation manager, deputy publications manager, and planning and financial analysis manager. He curated the former ARRL lobby display of vintage […]

via the ARRL: Radio Wave Propagation Authority Les W. Barclay, G3HTF, SK

Les W. Barclay, G3HTF, of Chelmsford, England, a radio wave propagation expert and academic who was well known in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) circles, died on July 31. He was 85. “Les was Chairman of ITU-R Working Party 3L from 2012 until 2016, and provided key input into the technical discussions for World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 that […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Magazine Cofounder, Publisher Skip Tenney, W1NLB, SK

Ham Radio Magazine cofounder and publisher Skip Tenney, W1NLB, of Francestown, New Hampshire, died on August 4 after a period of declining health. He was 89. In 1968, Tenney and Jim Fisk, W1DTY (SK), joined forces to publish Ham Radio Magazine, which was published for 23 years. Tenney launched the spin-off Ham Radio Report, edited by Joe Schroeder, […]

via the ARRL: First ARRL Centurion Award Winner “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO, SK

ARRL member and honoree Reynold L. “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, died on August 5 following a brief illness. He was 100 years old. Nitsch was the first recipient of the ARRL Board of Directors’ Centurion Award in recognition of his centenarian status and of his almost half-century of continuous activity in the […]

via the ARRL: One Dead, One Injured in New Hampshire Ham Radio Tower Mishap

A tower dismantling turned tragic on Saturday, July 27, in Deerfield, New Hampshire, when two radio amateurs working some 40 feet up on the tower were carried to the ground when the structure collapsed. Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA, 52, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, did not survive his injuries sustained in the fall, while the tower’s owner, […]

via the ARRL: HAL Communications Cofounder, President Bill Henry, K9GWT, SK

A cofounder and later president of HAL Communications, George W. “Bill” Henry, Jr., of Monticello, Illinois, died on July 17. An ARRL Life Member, he was 78. HAL Communications formally got its start in 1972 among hams and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana, but the company’s history goes back a few […]

via the ARRL: Well-Known DXer and DXpeditioner Anath Pai, VU2PAI, SK

Well-known contester and DXpeditioner Anath Pai, VU2PAI, of Mangalore, India, died on July 13. He was 47 and was reported to have suffered a heart attack while on a business trip. He was on the VU4CB, VU7AG, 8Q7KP, HB0/VU2PAI, and VU7LD excursions, among others. On his QRZ.com profile, Pai described himself as “a die-hard DXer.” […]

via the ARRL: Pennsylvania Radio Amateur Dies in Tower Installation Mishap

A 62-year-old Union Dale, Pennsylvania, radio amateur — Leland L. “Lee” Parsons III, N3LPJ — was killed on June 14 during a tower installation project when a tower section he was working on collapsed off State Route 2069 in Gibson Township. Authorities said Parsons was apparently attempting to attach a guy wire to the bottom tower […]