Thursday, November 18, 2021

Milestones: KX8GCS, K4ABT, Silent Keys

Greene County, Ohio, Sheriff Gene Fischer,
KX8GCS (center), with Hamvention officials
Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT (L) and Michael Kalter,
W8CI. (K0NEB photo)

Greene County, Ohio Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS, passed away suddenly on November 16 after suffering "a medical emergency" while attending a conference, according to WHIO-TV. Fishcer worked closely with the Dayton Hamvention after the show moved to Xenia in 2017, even earning his ham license and getting the vanity call KX8GCS (Greene County Sheriff). Fishcer was a police officer in Xenia for 20 years befor becoming county Sheriff in 2003. He has served in that postion for the past 18 years. Fischer was 65. (Tnx K0NEB) 

In addition, we have learned that former CQ Packet Editor and author Glynn "Buck" Rogers, K4ABT, became a Silent Key this past spring. Rogers was a pioneer in packet radio, writing CQ's "Packet User's Notebook" column from 1988 to 2000 and authoring CQ's "Packet Radio Operator's Manual," which was published in 1993. A longtime resident of Lynchburg, Virginia, Rogers passed away April 29 at age 83. (Tnx K4TVE)