Friday, February 24, 2012

Several Prominent Hams are Silent Keys

Several well-known names in amateur radio have joined the roster of Silent Keys.
Armond Noble, N6WR, founder and former publisher of WorldRadio magazine, passed away on February 1. We learned in early February that longtime CQ columnist Bill Welsh, W6DDB, died in November. He was CQ's Novice Editor from 1977 to 1997. (See full obits on Welsh and Noble below.)

On February 10, astronaut Janice Voss, KC5BTK, lost a battle with cancer.Dick Kirby, W0LCT/HB9BOA, passed away on January 26. Kirby was director of the ITU's Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) from 1974 until his retirement in 1995. And Bill Simons, W9BB, who designed the popular Shure 440 and 444 microphones, became a Silent Key in early January.

In addition, the CQ family has suffered a loss, with the mid-February passing of William Kehrwieder, husband of CQ Production Director and Business Manager Dottie Kehrwieder and father of Operations Manager Melissa Gilligan. Our condolences to the families of all.