Category: RIP

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 […]

via the ARRL: Educator, Author, Contester Fred Cady, KE7X, SK

Fred Cady, KE7X, of Bozeman, Montana, died on May 16. An ARRL Life Member, he turned 77 earlier this month. Cady was a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Montana State University. He coauthored The Successful Ham Radio Operator’s Handbook with Vic DiCiccio, VE3YT. Cady also wrote several manuals on how to use Elecraft equipment. Licensed […]

via the ARRL: DX Voice from Mount Athos Monk Apollo, SV2ASP, SK

Mount Athos’ best-known radio amateur, Monk Apollo, SV2ASP, died on May 5 after complications resulting from cancer. He was 64. Monk Apollo was essentially the lone DX voice from Mount Athos, the 20th most-wanted DXCC entity, where he operated from his Orthodox Monastery of Docheiariou. Born into a large family in western Greece, he became […]

Father & Son Hams Killed By Train In Iowa

It was a hobby that didn’t get old.  On weekends, Dave and Ethan Mortensen (KD0LYA & KD0IOL according to QRZ.com respectively) of Cedar Rapids would seek out a spot near railroad tracks where they could watch trains pass. “Ethan would watch trains, and my dad would read books,” older brother Jacob Mortsensen said. “He could watch trains […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio in Space Pioneer Astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

The US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space — Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL — died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott’s ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX — the Shuttle Amateur Radio […]

Pilot in Emiliano Sala Crash Was Avid Ham Radio Operator

Emiliano Sala, an Argentinian footballer, made headlines in the sports world recently when his plane disappeared over the English Channel en route to Cardiff City where he’d just signed a contract to play with the English Premier League team. Just over two weeks after the plane disappeared, the wreckage was found and Sala’s body was […]

via the ARRL: Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK

The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known […]