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.