Iconic radio broadcaster and active ham Art Bell,
W6OBB, became a Silent Key in April. Known to a
worldwide radio audience through
his syndicated "AM Coast to Coast" program, which focused on UFOs and
paranormal events, Bell was also an AM aficionado on the ham bands. According
to Newsline, Bell's program was
carried on more than 500 stations at the peak of his popularity in the 1990s.
Bell was a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, the Nevada Broadcasters
Association Hall of Fame and the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. He was 72.
|Art Bell, W6OBB (SK)|
(From the Midnight in the Desert website)
|Press Jones, N8UG (SK)|
(From The Wireman website)
Pressley "Press" Jones, N8UG, known to
the ham community as "The Wireman," passed away in April at age 89.
Jones was a fixture at hamfests, keeping hams well-stocked with wire, cable,
connectors and more. The company he founded continues to serve the amateur and
professional radio markets.