Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rod Newkirk, W9BRD/VA3ZBB, SK

Longtime QST DX Editor Rod Newkirk, W9BRD/VA3ZBB, passed away in mid-November at age 90. According to the ARRL, Newkirk wrote QST's "How's DX?" column from 1947 to 1978 and was credited with (unintentionally) introducing the term "Elmer" into the amateur vernacular as a reference to a ham radio mentor. Rod was also a member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame (inducted in 1984) and the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame (2002). He had lived in Canada since 1997.