Monday, June 5, 2017

Milestones: N5FG, N3NL, ex-K1MAN Silent Keys

Former CQ Worked All Zones Award Manager Floyd Gerald, N5FG, became a Silent Key in May. He had been in poor health after suffering a heart attack last year. Floyd was also co-founder of the Magnolia DX Association, the largest DX club in his native Mississippi. 

Low-power FM broadcast advocate Nickolaus "Nick" Leggett, N3NL, passed away in late April. An inventor with multiple patents to his credit, Leggett was best-known as on3e of the leading proponents of establishing the Low Power FM broadcast service for local microstation broadcasting, according to RadioWorld. He also teamed up with Don Schellhardt, KI4PMG, to battle for reform of amateur radio antenna rules; and was a frequent commenter on a wide variety of amateur radio-related petitions considered by the FCC. 

Glenn Baxter, ex-K1MAN, a perennial thorn in the FCC's side, passed away in early May. Baxter fought with the FCC for years over complaints of malicious interference, broadcasting on the amateur bands and using amateur radio for business purposes, frequently taking his arguments into federal court in his home state of Maine. According to the ARRL Letter, the FCC in 2014 dismissed Baxter's long-standing license renewal application on the grounds of his failure to pay a $10,000 fine which was affirmed by the U.S. District Court.