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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

Ian Fraser, GM8MHU SK

Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society President Ian Fraser, GM8MHU passed away on the 2nd August 2017 after a long illness. Ian will be much missed by all club members and the wider amateur radio community. He was a tireless worker and promoter for Aberdeen ARS and had been its longest serving president. In addition to being […] Original Article

George Burt, GM3OXX, SK

George Burt, GM3OXX passed away on the 20th September 2017. Many people will have heard of George as he was infamous with regard to the skills of QRP. His radio building skills were second to none. George once displayed his fine homebrew kit at a meeting and you would have thought it had all been commercially […] Original Article

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher Carl Smith, N4AA, SK

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher and Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on October 20. An ARRL member, he was 77 and had been a radio amateur and DXer for more than 6 decades. Smith and his late wife Miriam, KB4C, bought the two publications’ parent DX Publishing in 1997

“Carl was a ham’s ham, as he dabbled in many aspects of our great hobby,” The Daily DX Editor Ber…

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AMSAT Pioneer Patrick J. A. Gowen, G3IOR, SK

Amateur Radio satellite pioneer Pat Gowen, G3IOR, of Norwich, England, died on August 17 after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

Gowen was a co-founder of AMSAT-UK and a member of its Board of Directors in 1974. He wrote the satellite column for Practical Wireless for many years and was a frequent contributor to The AMSAT Journal and OSCAR News.

Gowen was the first radio amateur to work DXCC via low-…


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Radio Oasis Proprietor George Politzi, K2ZZ, SK

Radio Oasis proprietor George Politzi, K2ZZ, of Loudonville, New York, died unexpectedly on September 19. He was 65 and had been a radio amateur for nearly 50 years. Politzi’s was a familiar face among the vendors at various hamfests around the eastern US, marketing his company’s antenna products, and he was a regular QST advertiser. Most recently, he attended the New England Division Conventio…

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Past QCWA General Manager, Former ARRL Staffer Jim LaPorta, N1CC, SK

James “Jim” LaPorta, N1CC, of Frankston, Texas, died on September 20. He was 76. He was an ARRL and Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Life Member. LaPorta served as QCWA General Manager from March until December 2012.

First licensed in 1956 as KN6SXX, LaPorta joined the US Army after high school and then went to work for the Army as a civilian in 1968 in Texas. While in Texas, he serve…

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