Monday, May 1, 2017

Milestones: W0PW, WD5IVD, Silent Keys

Two amateurs well-known in the VHF/UHF community became Silent Keys within days of each other in late March, the ARRL Letter reported.
Don Hilliard, W0PW, was a founding member of the Central States VHF Society and of the Microwave Update conference. He developed the first ham gear for the 902-MHz band in the 1980s and designed a VHF Yagi antenna that is still popular today. Hilliard died on March 25 following a long illness. He was 81.

Greg Jones, WD5IVD, was only 54 when he became a Silent Key on March 30. A professor at the University of North Texas, Jones served as president of TAPR – Tucson Amateur Packet Radio – from 1993 to 1999. Under his leadership, the organization expanded from its regional base to national leadership in packet radio during its period of peak popularity.