Tag: Silent Key

IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee Chair Jim Linton, VK3PC, SK

The chair of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, Jim Linton, VK3PC, of Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia, died on February 22 of thyroid cancer. For many years, Linton was a consistent and reliable source of news and information regarding Amateur Radio disaster response activities in IARU Region 3 and was a regular contributor to Southgate Amateur Rad…

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Len Carrier, G3MAO, SK

Len Carrier’s obituary is carried in this week’s “Camden New Journal”, under the title “Talented Len built up radio business”. The obituary is written by Dan Carrier

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Key Hamvention Hand Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, SK

A key member of the Hamvention team, Jerry Miller, WD8QAI, of Centerville, Ohio, died on February 11. An ARRL member, Miller was 77.

“Jerry was in charge of producing the programs for Hamvention as well as the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) monthly newsletter [RF Carrier],” Hamvention spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI, told ARRL. “He was a longtime board member of DARA and a driving force …


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Derek Benham, G3YJP, SK 7th January 2018

Derek Benham, G3YJP had various interests including astronomy and amateur radio. I recall chilly nights with him on the roof of a bike shed at Letchworth Grammar School in the 1960s along with other members of the school astronomy club. We had our reflecting telescope there. Derek & I studied together for the Radio Amateurs’ […] Full Original Article

Gordon Adams G3LEQ SK

Some sad news to relate – Gordon Adams G3LEQ became a Silent Key on Sunday afternoon 4th February surrounded by his family; his health had been deteriorating for some time

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Roger Avery, G3TQD SK, 30th December 2017

I am sad to report the death of Roger Avery, G3TQD on the 30th of December 2017. He was a lifelong member of both Worcester and Bromsgrove Radio Clubs, and was devoted to his hobby right up until his last day at home before going into Redditch Hospital just before Christmas, yet another cancer victim. […] Original Article

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, SK

Past ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE (ex-WA8COA), of Mason, Ohio, died on January 14. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Weaver served as ARRL Great Lakes Division Director for 11 years, from 2003 until 2014, and he was a regular presence at Hamvention® and ARRL EXPO and moderated the ARRL Forum.

During his time on The ARRL Board of Directors, Weaver served on the Administratio…

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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 and South Georgia islands, and he was president of the Int…

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DXer, Super-Station Builder, Past PVRC President Jack Hammett, K4VV, SK

Jack Hammett, K4VV, of Paeonian Springs, Virginia, died on January 2 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, Hammett was 78.

A US Army Signal Corps officer, Hammett, who held a PhD in physics, specialized in noise research.

After Hammett and his wife Sharon purchased a large tract atop Catoctin Ridge, he constructed his dream multi-position contesting station, which included an antenna farm…

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Noted Contester James P. “Jim” Sullivan, W7EJ/CN2R, SK

Noted contester and DX station builder and operator Jim Sullivan, W7EJ, of Hillsboro, Oregon, died on December 19. He was 64.

Licensed in 1970, he had been an active contester since 1973. Starting in 1989, he began constructing stations in DX locations — including FG5R in Guadeloupe, 9M8R in East Malaysia, and CN2R in Morocco, which hosted some of the luminaries of the contesting world. Sullivan’s stations racked up several contest records.

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Ulrich Bihlmayer, DJ9KR SK

DJ9KRIt is with great sadness that we report the death of Ulrich Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, who passed away on 16 December 2017 after a long illness. Uli served in the DARC Bandwacht for 45 years of which 26 years as Coordinator. At the 2005 IARU Region 1 General Conference Uli was appointed deputy coordinator of the lARU Region 1 Monitoring System. Together with IARUMS coordinator Wolfgang Hadel DK2OM, he led a team that grew from 5 to 24 members. Being a polyglot, Uli specialised in broadcast intruders and pirates on telephony.  Uli was presented the IARU Region 1 medal in 2011 before he stepped down from the IARU Monitoring Service in 2012. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.


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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, according to media accounts. Until then he had been active on the air, making daily contacts on 80-meter CW with other stations in France. In stepping back from his ham activity, Touzot said he no longer was able to send CW and made “too many mistakes.”

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Lynne Constantine, G6CQG, 19th November 2017

Lynne Constantine, G6CQG, passed away during the night of the 19th-20th November 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Early in her career she was the regional Post Office radiophone sales manager for Storno Radiotelephones and one of the very first people in the UK to have two phones installed in her car. In the […] Original Article

John Knaak, K0EQY SK

John was first licensed in 1955. He lived in Oklahoma for awhile and held W5OYG. He moved back to Kansas in 1973 and retrieved K0EQY.

John owned and operated the Ben Franklin variety store in downtown Hillsboro, KS. He started selling ham radio equipment in a back room at the store. He then started the BF Electronics store in downtown Hillsboro, selling ham radio equipment, consumer electronics, and land mobile radio. During this period (end of the 70s t to early 80s), BF Electronics…

John Knaak, K0EQY For the full article, https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/john-knaak-k0eqy.589718/

Mick Glasser W8EYC, SK


It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Mick Glasser, W8EYC. Mick passed away on Wednesday October 30, 2017. He has been a long-time member of, and champion for the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club.

The family has generously directed memorial contributions to the CARC, the Traverse Astronomical…

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Keith Pollard, G4KGP SK

Keith Pollard, G4KGP  died suddenly on Friday the 28th of July 2017, shortly after the club net. Keith was a long-term member of the RSGB, a contributor to RadCom and everybody’s ‘go-to’ Elmer for anything electronic. Keith was a member of the club at British Aerospace in Hatfield, an honorary member of the Welwyn Hatfield […] Original Article

ARI President Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP, SK

Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (ARI) President Pietro “Mario” Ambrosi, I2MQP, of Rodano, Millepini, Italy, died November 6 2017 after serving for several decades at the head of Italy’s national Amateur Radio organization and IARU member society.

A long-time ARRL member, DXCC card checker, and 2005 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Ambrosi was credited with growing ARI and with bringing youn…

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Beverley Moorecroft, G4UDY SK

Beverley Moorecroft, G4UDY, passed away peacefully on the 1st of August 2017. Bev was a Royal Marine of 34 years Service and a Corps Shot, an avid amateur radio enthusiast, a husband, father and grandad. Loved and respected by many.

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Donald Graham Hardcastle, G3DGH SK

Donald Graham Hardcastle G3DGH, passed away quietly in his sleep in Harlingen, Texas, USA on Thursday the 10th of August, 2017. He was 96 years old. Donald was born on the 26th of February, 1921 in Rochdale, England to Harold and Kathleen Hardcastle. Don had a fascination with then-new radio technology, obtaining his ham radio […] Original Article

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