Category: RIP

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 […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Personality, Broadcaster, Businessman Al Cohen, W1FXQ, SK

Veteran radio amateur Alexander “Al” Cohen, W1FXQ, of Newington, Connecticut, died on July 27. He was 99. A businessman, Cohen was a fixture within the Greater Hartford, Connecticut, Amateur Radio community as well as in broadcasting circles. He was an ARRL member and had served as the Public Information Coordinator and as a Public Information […]

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, […]

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 […]

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