Category: RIP

Low-Power Broadcasting Proponent Nick Leggett, N3NL, SK

ARRL has learned that Nickolaus Leggett, N3NL, an early low-power FM (LPFM) broadcasting proponent, civil libertarian, and inveterate commenter in a variety of FCC proceedings over the years, died on April 26 after a long illness. An ARRL member, he was 72. Hardly any FCC petition or proceeding escaped his attention, and Leggett often was […]

Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, SK; Engaged in Protracted Enforcement Battle with FCC

Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, of Belgrade, Maine, died on May 5. He was 75. In 2014, Baxter ultimately lost his battle to retain his Amateur Extra class license when the FCC dismissed his long-standing renewal application, citing an unpaid $10,000 forfeiture stemming from violations over a period extending back several years. The K1MAN call sign now […]

Storm-Related Mishap Claims Life of Volunteer Fire Chief Doug Deckard, KC5PLA

Volunteer firefighter Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard, KC5PLA, of Quitman, Arkansas, died on April 30 after being struck by a car during torrential rainfall while checking water lines in his community. Deckard, an ARRL member, was 51. He served as Cove Creek/Pearson Volunteer Fire Chief. Arkansas State Police say Deckard had pulled off the roadway along […]

VHF/UHF/Microwave Pioneer Don Hilliard, W0PW, SK

A pioneer on VHF, UHF, and microwave bands, and the designer of a popular Yagi model, Don Hilliard, W0PW (ex-W0EYE), of Clayton, Oklahoma, died on March 25 following a lengthy period of ill health. An ARRL member, he was 81. “Over the decades, Don made numerous contributions to the hobby and specifically in the VHF, […]

Former Business News Broadcaster Paul H. Kangas, W4LAA, SK

Business news broadcaster Paul H. Kangas, W4LAA, of North Miami Beach, Florida, died on February 28. He was 79 and had been in hospice care. From 1979 until 2009, Kangas was the co-anchor of the popular “Nightly Business Report” aired on public television, on which he signed off wishing viewers “the best of good buys. […]

Former White House Cybersecurity Advisor Howard A. Schmidt, W7HAS, SK

Howard A. Schmidt, W7HAS, of Muskego, Wisconsin — a global leader in cybersecurity and the first person to hold the post of White House Cybersecurity Coordinator — died on March 2. An ARRL member, he was 67. Schmidt served both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as their administrations’ top cybersecurity advisor. He also […]

Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX, SK

Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX, of Hannibal, Missouri, died on February 25. He was 87. Although he had been suffering from cancer, Gordon had remained active on the air until his death. Licensed in 1947, Gordon was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. After separating from the service, he attended Purdue University, […]

Communication Satellite Pioneer Harold A. Rosen, ex-W5JKW, SK

Communication satellite pioneer Harold Rosen, ex-W5JKW, of Pacific Palisades, California, died on January 30. He was 90. Inspired by the USSR’s launch of Sputnik I in 1957 that kicked off the space race in earnest, Rosen foresaw the potential for such spacecraft to do more than transmit a beacon signal. An engineer with Hughes Aircraft […]

New York Marathon, Running Luminary Allan Steinfeld, W2TN, SK

Former New York City Marathon Race Director Allan Steinfeld, W2TN, of Bowers, Pennsylvania — considered a founding father of the modern running movement — died on January 24. He was 70. “Allan was one of the great pioneers in road race administration, developing many of the protocols required for a successful big-time event,” said Dave […]

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