ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP, and Honorary Vice President Tod Olson, K0TO, are among the hams who became Silent Keys in November. Haynie, who was 73, served as ARRL President from 2000 to 2006, and was a major proponent of amateur radio in the classroom.
Olson, who also served as an ARRL director and international affairs vice president, was a dedicated contester and was founding editor of the National Contest Journal. He was inducted last year into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.
Also becoming a Silent Key was Nate Brightman, K6OSC. Brightman was best known for bringing amateur radio aboard the Queen Mary after it became a museum ship. He served as W6RO Wireless Room Manager for 34 years before retiring in 2013, according to the ARRL Letter. W6RO was reportedly the first permanent ham station aboard a museum ship. Currently, some 90 museum ships feature ham stations that often provide visitors with their first exposure to amateur radio. Brightman was 99.