Monday, June 10, 2019

Milestones: W5IU, N2CX, KE7X, Become Silent Keys

Former AMSAT Vice President for Operations Keith Pugh, W5IU, became a Silent Key in late May. He was 80 and had been fighting cancer, according to the ARRL. Pugh was a regular at the AMSAT booth at many hamfests and was very active in ARISS – the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program. Over the course of 15 years, he attended ARISS International meetings on behalf of AMSAT and was a technical mentor for numerous school contacts with the space station.
QRP "guru" Joe Everhart, N2CX, passed away on May 14 at his home in New Jersey. He was 73. According to Newsline, Joe was a builder, designer and antenna expert who freely shared his knowledge of low-power communications, both in person and in many articles for various magazines.

Another ham author, Fred Cady, KE7X, of Bozeman, Montana, died on May 12. The ARRL Letter reports that Cady was a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Montana State University and co-author of The Successful Ham Radio Operator's Handbook. He also wrote several manuals on using Elecraft products and published five textbooks on microcomputers over the course of his four-decade teaching career. Cady was 77.