Category: RIP

Missouri tornado chaser wants his ashes launched into a twister

Jim “Mad Dog” Sellars, by his own account, lived quite a life in Springfield, Mo., as an ice cream dipper, butcher, reserve policeman who once protected Elvis Presley, a telephone lineman, a twice-divorced dad with “exes” he felt lucky to have loved and as a 6-foot-7 power-hitting softball player. But perhaps most notably, for 30 […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateur Engaged in Puerto Rico Recovery is among Crash Victims

A radio amateur and Puerto Rico Air National Guard member involved in hurricane recovery there died on May 2 when a Hercules C-130 aircraft crashed in Georgia, killing all aboard. Among the nine fatalities was Eric Circuns, WP4OXB, of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The cargo plane, attached to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Airlift Wing, […]

via the ARRL: Former Orange Section Manager, Veteran ARRL Volunteer Sandi Heyn, WA6WZN, SK

Well-known ARRL stalwart and former Orange Section Manager Sandra Mae “Sandi” Heyn, WA6WZN, of Costa Mesa, California, died on April 28 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, she was 75. Sandi Heyn was the wife of ARRL Honorary Vice President and past ARRL Southwestern Division Director Fried Heyn, WA6WZO, who relied on her […]

via the ARRL: Frank Victor Tarkington, W3KLQ, SK — Installed First TV in the White House

Frank Tarkington, W3KLQ, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on April 19. He was 102. A California native and World War II Navy radioman, Tarkington went on to enjoy a long career with Radio Corporation of America (RCA). In 1948, he installed the first television set in the White House so that President Harry Truman could […]

Former “Coast to Coast AM” Radio Show Host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK

Former “Coast to Coast AM” and “Dreamland” radio host Art Bell, W6OBB, of Pahrump, Nevada, died on Friday, April 13, at his home, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced. He was 72. A KSNV news report indicated that Bell’s family was with him when he died. The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy would be performed. […]

via the ARRL: Aruba QSL Bureau Manager, WRTC 2006 Competitor Emily Thiel, P43E, SK

Emily Thiel, P43E, of Oranjestad, Aruba, died on April 12 after suffering an apparent stroke while hiking in Aruba National Park. She was 49. Thiel was a competitor at WRTC 2006 (held in Brazil), a member of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club, and she managed the Aruba QSL Bureau. Licensed in 1997, she attended various […]

via the ARRL: Clyde Haehnle, VOA Museum Board Member, Crosley Engineering VP, is Dead at 95

Clyde Haehnle, who developed the specifications for the Voice of America antenna system at the Bethany (Ohio) Relay Station, died on April 8. He was 95. As a co-op student with the Crosley Corporation at the University of Cincinnati, his first assignment was at the WLW-AM transmitter — at the time the most powerful radio […]

via the ARRL: Wind-Up Radio Inventor Trevor Baylis Dead at 80

Inventor and Honorary Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Member, Trevor Baylis of London, died March 5 after a long illness. His wind-up radio made communication available to people across Africa who had no access to electricity. When Baylis learned of the spread of AIDS in Africa in 1991, he set about developing his spring-powered wind-up […]

James Malone, Founder of Total RF and a Wireless Visionary, Dies

James Malone, founder of Total RF and a global visionary in the field of live wireless video and audio systems, died unexpectedly on Jan. 25. He is is survived by his wife, Anna Malone; mother, Marie Malone Street; children Shannon, Erin, Justin, and Tara; and stepchildren Kasia Parker and Greg Buczkiewicz. In 1991, Malone founded […]

via the ARRL: DXpedition Leader, Elite Contester, Ham Radio Mentor David Collingham, K3LP, SK

Well-known DXpedition leader and contester David Collingham, K3LP, of Mt Airy, Maryland, died on January 6 after falling through the ice on a pond near his home the previous evening while trying to rescue his stranded dog. He was 59. Collingham was co-leader, with Paul Ewing, N6PSE, of the 2016 VP8STI/VP8SGI DXpedition to South Sandwich […]

via the ARRL: Reputed World’s Oldest Ham Jean Touzot, F8IL, SK

Jean Touzot, F8IL, of Albi, France — said to have been the world’s oldest radio amateur — has died. The “dean of French radio amateurs,” Touzot was 109 and enjoyed operating CW with an old-fashioned hand key and a modern Yaesu transceiver. He “retired from the airwaves for health reasons” at age 105 in 2014, […]

via the ARRL: Software Defined Radio (SDR) Pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose is Dead at 52

Software Defined Radio (SDR) pioneer Vanu Gopal Bose died on November 11 after suffering a sudden pulmonary embolism. He was 52. Bose was the son of Bose Corp founder Amar G. Bose, who died 4 years ago at 83. Vanu Bose in 1998 founded Vanu Inc., which pioneered the commercialization of software defined radio and […]

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