Friday, June 8, 2018

Milestones: WP4OXB, K1DAJ and W3KLQ are Silent Keys

One of the nine Air National Guard members killed in the May 2 crash of a cargo plane in Georgia was a ham, Eric Circuns, WP4OXB, of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Newsline reports that the 60-year-old plane was on its way to Arizona for decommissioning. The ARRL reported that the plane had been used in relief and recovery efforts during both Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, became a Silent Key on May 17 after a lengthy illness. According to the ARRL Letter, Jahnke was 66 and had served on the ARRL staff for nearly 40 years, starting as a file clerk. She was well-known throughout the amateur radio industry as QST's advertising manager, a post she held prior to becoming Business Services Manager. She is survived by her husband, ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, and two daughters, Samantha and Ashley. The family has asked that anyone wishing to do so may make contributions in Debra Jahnke's name to the American Cancer Society, Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Finally, Frank Victor Tarkington, W3KLQ, of Silver Spring, Maryland, may not have been well-known among his fellow hams, but he literally brought the White House into the television age. While working for RCA in 1948, Tarkington was tasked with installing a 10-inch TV in the Oval Office for President Harry Truman. According to Newsline, he was a Navy radioman in World War II and witnessed the arming of the Enola Gay with the first atomic bomb while operating the radar station on Tinian island. Tarkington was 102.