The Northern California DX Club will always remember those members who have passed on and become "SK" or Silent Keys. Friends and fellow hams, we remember their friendship, contributions to the Amateur Radio, to the NCDXC, to their families, and to their Communities.

Mike Gavin, W6WZ

W6WZ

SK: February 20th, 2021

Mike Gavin, W6WZ, became a Silent Key on Saturday, February 20, 2021. This information was recently confirmed by Mike’s son, Gregory Gavin. We may have more details later from Gregory. Mike, W6WZ, affectionately known as the ‘Woodside Zombie’ and his wife Carolyn, WA6ABC, were regular attendees at our Club meetings and events for many years.

Mike, K6MKF as NCDXC President in 2014, had the pleasure of presenting Carolyn and Mike with the Member of the Year Award for their service to the Club. Many of us will remember that Mike and Carolyn ran the raffles at our Club Meetings for many years. Mike was the Secretary of the NCDXC from 2004 through 2006.

Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT

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SK: October 30th, 2020

Licensed in 1970 as WN9ELU in Chicago, Jim was the president of his high school radio club in Illinois. In 1977, he married Lilah Greene, KE6EHD, and they moved to California, where Jim became N6OIK, later choosing K6JAT as a vanity call sign. He’d also held V26JAT and 3D2TJ and had operated from Curacao and Hawaii.

Jim was ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director from 2009-17. He became ARRL Pacific Division Director in January 2018. He retired in 2018 from him private law practice. He was an ARRL Diamond Club and Maxim Society member. He and his wife have twin sons, Robert and Matthew, KI6IHP.

 

Tommy Farr W6IJ

W6IJ

SK: 2020

In 1958, brothers Harold, Charles and Tommy found Amateur Radio as a hobby. All three obtained their licenses and built their first transmitter. Using surplus World War II receiving equipment, Tommy developed a love of CW and chasing foreign country radio amateur stations. An accomplished CW operator, he was a member of the First Class Operators' Club (FOC). His passion for Amateur Radio led him to be a "one percenter," being among the top one percent of the DX Century Club. He made constant improvements to his radio station and antennas. Tommy was licensed for 61 years and well-known around the world for his skills as an operator and had many international friends.

Tommy was first licensed as WV6NFC in 1960. WA6NFC and then WJ6O followed before getting W6IJ through the vanity program. Held "second station" callsign, WA6UFN. Tommy was a Member of FOC (# 1652), CWOPS Charter and Life Member (#111), ARRL Life Member, NCDXC Life Member, an ARRL A-1 Operator Club Member, and DXCC #1 Honor Roll.

Lauren Tudor, K6LT

SK: June, 2021

Frank used to be quite active in the Northern California DX Club. His previous callsigns; WA6AVW and N6QP. Extra Class, A1 Operators Club, ARRL Life Member. Had a QSL card from P51BH (April 22, 1999) in his collection ! Was stationed on Midway Island as an Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class. 10 years with Sonoma Police Department and 8 years with the California Highway Patrol. Frank Retired to Arnold, CA.

Rich Wilde, WZ7P

K6OHJ

SK: September 2020

Rich Wilde WZ7P ex-K6OHJ is a Silent Key. This information was reported by Dick Wilson K6LRN and further confirmed by Rich’s daughters’ Facebook posts that Rich Wilde passed away early in September 2020. The NCDXC Members extend their sincere condolences to Rich’s family and many friends.

Rich's call sign when he first joined NCDXC was K6OHJ. He was very active in the club and served as NCDXC Vice President in 1962-63, as President in 1964-65 and as Director in 1966-67. Rich was also active in contests and encouraged members to improve their operating skill with a second receiver during both contests and chasing DX-peditions.

L.E. Walton W6AED

Charter Member

Burley Hall, K6AAL

Bruno Bienenfeld, AA6AD

AA6AD

Bruno was first licensed in 1937 and held 18 different call signs, He was President in 1980 and director in 1981 and 1982.

Phil Frazier, K6ZM

Ex-W6AFI, Phil was the NCDXC Awards Chairman in 1974 and was the award manager in 1974 for the California Award

James Dooley, W6AGO

Rubin Hughes, WA6AHF

WA6AHF

Rubin held an advanced class license and was primarily a phone operator. Later, Rubin started to chase DX on RTTY. Rudin’s call was well known in the 1970’s and 1980 since he and his wife Ferne were QSL managers for many stations all over the world. When not chasing DX, Rubin ran a publishing business, mainly for QSL cards, using the printer he purchased from Hugh Cassidy, WA6AUD, after the West Coast DX Bulletin was closed down. He was a director in 1971 plus the membership committee in 1971. Rubin was awarded DX’er of the Year in 1973.

Robert Ferrero, W6RJ

W6RJ

Bob was first license as K6AHV and was quite active on all bands chasing 5BDXCC. He was on the Membership committee in 1974. Originally a member of the California Highway Patrol, Bob left the CHP and purchased Ham Radio Outlet from W6CLS, in Burlingame. Bob then started HRO’s expansion to other stores around the country.

Armond Noble, N6WR

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Ex-W6AJY. Besides being an active DX’er, Armond founded World Radio Newspaper along with a number of other newspaper publications.

Donald Wallace, W6AM

Les Wendel, N6XU

Ex-W6AMG

John Ellison, W6AOI

Harold Bindle, W6ATK

Richard Czeikowitz, W6ATO

W6ATO

John Larson, K6AUC

John was a director in 1973, Editor of The DXer from 1971 through 1973, Treasurer in 1972 and was on the membership committee in 1970 and 1971.

John Browning, W6SP

Ex-W6ASA. John was Vice-President from 1977 to 1978.

 

Hugh Cassidy, WA6AUD

WA6AUD

Hugh Cassidy, WA6AUD, was Secretary/Treasurer in 1968, President in 1969 and 1970 and finally Director in 1972. Professionally, Cass was involved in the US Postal Service for San Rafael (CA). When not chasing DX, Cass along with his wife Virginia published the West Coast DX Bulletin.

Ronald Chiappari, N6AUV

John Doiremus, W0AW

Raymond Thomas, W6BHH

George Maxey, W6BIL

Wilbur “Bip” Bachman, W6BIP

W6BIP

Bip was a well-known DX’er and contester from his city lot in South San Francisco. He received the DX’er of the Year award in 1983. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Bip was also known to have a pocket full of ferrite rods in his coat pocket that he would had out to members how had problems getting rid of RFI in their stereo systems.

Ted Davis, W6BJH

Ted was Vie-President in 1978 and President in 1979. Ted was also a director in 1981

Jack Holmes, Jr., W6BUY

Charter Member, Jack was a director in 1948 and 1951. Jack was also Secretary and Treasurer in 1956 and 1958

Marin Oppenheimer, KB6BW

Sandy Lynch, WA6BXH

Vern King, WB6CAB

Vern was on the membership committee from 1970 through 1972

Ronald Paton, W6VG

W6VG

Ex-W6CBE, Ron was Secretary/Treasurer in 1963 and then President in 1964. Ron returned to the board in 2002 and 2003 as secretary and again in 2004 through 2005 as a director. Ron received the Member of the Year award in 2006. Ron was also responsible for keeping the history documents of the NCDXC organized as our first Historian.

John Mullen, K6CBL

Walter Cooper, W6CDJ

Walt was Secretary/Treasurer in 1969 and 1970. He was on the Membership committee in 1971 and 1972.

Robert Norton, W6CBM

Richard Barrett, W6CFK

Kenneth Hughes, W6CIS

William Winnegar, W6UW

Ex-W6CLM

John Steventon, W6CLS

John was the original owner of Ham Radio Outlet in Burlingame.

Edward Doell, W6CLZ

William Webb, NK6H

Ex-WD6COD

Jim Maxwell, W6CF

W6CF

Ex-W6CUF, Jim was a director in 1968 and 1969, and president in 1967 and 1968. Jim received The DXer of the Year award in 1966. Jim was also responsible for collection past historical documents for the NCDXC Archives which includes a complete set of the original copies of the club publication “The DX’er”. Jim was an active contester and DXer and was also a director of the ARRL Pacific Division.

Joseph Bush, W6CYV

George Enos, W6CZQ

Alfred Elge, AG6D

Jesse Sadler, W6DAA

L.V. Krutz, W6DB

Hensley Morahan, WA6DJI

Iris Colvin, W6QL

W6QL

Ex-W6DOD and KL7DTB. Iris was Secretary/Treasurer in 1964, the Vice-President in 1972 and a director in 1973 and 1974. Iris shared the DX’er of the Year award with her husband, Lloyd, in 1980.

Peter Von Sivers, WB6DOQ

Gene Pere, W6DOT

Walter Gallegos, W6DOF

George Varvasiotes, K6SV

WB6DSV

Ex-WB6DSV

Mario Chirone, W6DUB

Charter Member, Mario was the co-founder of Elmar Electronics in Oakland (CA)

Albert Brown, W6DYB

Thomas Tennissen, KH6DZB

Edward Hoetzel, W6DZZ

W6DZZ

Eddie was President in 1952, Director in 1956 and served on the Membership Committee from 1968 through 1970.

Theodore Palk, K6TP

Ex-W6EBO

Omer Wright, W6EFV

Charles Henry, W6EJA

W6EJA

Charter Member, “Chas” was editor of The DXer from 1950 through 1953 and was Secretary/Treasurer in 1956

Bob Gobrick, WA6ERB

Vern Howard, W6ERS

W6ERS

Uncle Vern is remembered as being a 100% CW guy and often had a small Bosun’s whistle that he sent CW during regular meetings. Vern was Vice-President in 1961, and Director in 1963, 1968 and 1969.

Jack Broilere, K6ERV

K6ERV

Jack was an active DX’er and Contester from his hilltop location near Skyline and highway 92. Jack was a director in 1965, and president in 1965 through 1966.

Ray Balch, K6VX

Ex-W6ESI

Kenny Gee, W6ETR

Thomas Morse, KA6EUD

Hal Godfrey, N6AN

Ex-W6EYY, Hal was a director in 1979 and editor of The DXer in 1995

John “Bart” Dohman, WB6FBN

Marvin Juza, W6FGD

Roy Ozawa, W6FOJ

Harold Shimota, W6FQF

E. Howard Hale, W6SC

W6FYM

Ex-W6FYM, Howard was Secretary/Treasurer in 1961 and 1962, then President in 1962 an d1963. Howard returned to be our treasurer in 1975 and 1979.

George Allan, W6YD

Ex-WA6O and KA6GJW, George served the NCDXC in many positions. He was president in 1993, Vice-President in 1994, Director in 1991, 2002 and 2004 and was the editor of The DXer from 1986 through 1988 and again in 2002 through 2004. George received the Member of the year award in 2002.

 

Joseph Horvath, W6GPB

W6GPB

Joe was club President in 1955, Vice-President in 1953 and 1958, Secretary/Treasurer in 1957 and 1960-1961, Director in 1954 and again in 1961 and 1962. Joe was the editor of The DXer in 1955 and managed the California Award in 1969.

Hank Brown, W6HB

Cliff Beck, K6HIH

K6HIH

Cliff was the editor of The DXer from 1971 through 1974

Joseph Harmon, WB9HIP

Seth Hodsen, W6HNX

Bill Snider, K6KM

W6HQN

Ex-W6HQN

Hiller Raamat, N6HR

N6HR

Ex-WA6HRS, Hil was an active contester and DXer. He was Vice-President in 1964

George Meek, W6IC

Rolf Carlsen, WA6IDF

Phil Calders, W6IKQ

Charter Member, Phil was the second President of the NCDXC in 1947.

Louise Bloom, KA6ING

Fred Fiedler, W6IPH

Arnold "Fisher" Dumetz, W6ISI

Jack Troster, W6ISQ

W6ISQ

Jack received the DXer f the Year award in 1968. He was a director in 1973 and president in 1974. Jack was also a prolific writer for QST magazine.

D. Reg Tibbetts, W6ITH

Charter Member

James Knockenhauer, K6ITL

Knock received the DXer of the Year award in 1993. He was a director in 1993, 1995 and 1996. Knock was president in 1995 and was also the editor of the DXer in 1995

Ray Eichman, WA6IVM

Ray is remembered for his fascination with anything that had to do with Japan, and was always working a new JA stations whenever he could find one. Ray was the Secretary/Treasurer in 1965 and was also the editor of The DXer in 1965

Steve Eichman, WA6IVN

Henry Davis, N6NP

Ex-K5IXS

James Brannin, K6IC

Stan Kuhl, K6MA

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Ex-W6JKJ, Stan was Treasurer in 1988 and 1989, and was then secretary in 1990 and 1991. Stan received the DXer of the Year award in 1995.

Carl Cook, AI6V

Ex-WA6JUD

Eric Edberg, W6DU

W6DU

Ex-W6JWD, Eric was Vice-President in 1963 and received the DXer of the Year award in 1988.

Robert "Smitty" Smithwick, W6CS

W6JZU

Ex-W6JZU, Smitty was Vice-President in 1986. He was also on the Board of Trustees for the Foothill De Anza college district and was instrumental in helping arrange for the use of Black Mountain by the NCDXC repeater.

Frank Torchia, W6KEK

W6KEK

Frank was Secretary/Treasurer in 1952, Vice-President in 1955 and President in 1956 and 1957. Frank was also the editor of the DXer in 1952 and 1958.

Lloyd Colvin, W6KG

W6KG

Lloyd was President in 1958, Director in 1959 and 1966. Lloyd was also listed as the QSL Manager for the NCDXC in 1962 and 1963. Lloyd received the DXer of the Year award in 1980 along with his wife, Iris, W6QL. Lloyd had one of the largest QSL card collections around and was proud to announce the number of NCDXC members he had worked over the years.

Eddy Pollock, W6LC

Ex-W6KHS, Eddy was a professor at Cabrillo college near Santa Cruz. After he retired from teach, Eddy was the Chief Engineer/Operator in charge of W1AW at the ARRL.

Clyde Schoenfeld, W6KNH

W6KNH

Andrew Cooper, W6KQK

Andy was an active DX’er, but a little know fact about Andy is that he was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

William Stevens, W6ZM

W6LCF

Ex-W6CLF, Bill Was Secretary/Treasurer in 1966. Bill was also a past ARRL Director for the Pacific Division.

Edward Peck, K6AN

K6AN

Ex-W6LDD, Ed Was a director in 1951 and the Vice-President in1960 and 1961

Gerald Starkey, WA6LIJ

Jim Golden, K6LM

Anthony Rogozinski, WA6BOU

Ex- K5LMU

Roy Colwell, W6LW

Michael Young, K6MBV

Frank Valentich, W6MEK

Frank was a Director in 1955

George Drake, K6MHD

Steve Stephenson, W6MKM

Chod Harris, WB6CHO

Ex-VP2ML, Chod was a former ARRL HQ Staff member, was the CQ Magazine DX Column editor and was the editor of The DX Bulletin from 1986 to 1996.

Dick McKercher, W0MLY

Ex- W6MLY

Alden Clark, W6LP

Ex-W6MUC

Eric Ledin, W6MUF

R.W. Johnson, W6MUR

Bill was a Director from 1975 through 1977.

Frank Glass, K6RQ

W6MVL

Ex-W6MVL

Walter Harrington, W6MX

Bep Costa, W6NEQ

W6NEQ

Bep was Vice-President in 1968 and 1969.

Joseph H. Johnson, W6NIG

Joe was Vice-President in 1952 and 1953.

Gary Stillwell, KI6T

Ex-W6NJU

Robert Bondi, W6NTQ

Sid Fass, W6NZ

Walter Harme, K6NP

Ex-W6NZS

Herman Schoeltens, W6OAQ

Steve Corwin, K6OJO

Ex-W6OCH

Murray Link W6OHU

Nick Marshall, W6OLO

Larry Barton, W6YJ

Creston Patterson, K6OQ

Ex-WB6OKK

Howard Myers, W6OL

Dr. William Howard Myers, San Jose, CA. Howard was first licensed in 1923 with the call sign 9DCU, in Omaha, NE, where he and his brother Morgan operated a spark gap radio transmitter, from a loft in the family home. He was a mathematics professor (retired) and former department head at San Jose State. He preferred CW, held an Extra Class license, and was a member of the Northern California DX Club, NCDXC. Unfortunately, Howard became a Silent Key, in 1994.

Clay Murdoch, W6OMC

Irv Astman, W6OMR

Howard Douglas, W6OZC

Bruce Butler, W6OSP

James Terry, N6OV

Leo Stoeckle, W6OWM

David Brodie, W6PGQ

Daniel Banlin, W6PH

Daniel O'Brian, W6PB

Charter member, Dan was NCDXC’s very first President in 1946. Dan was then Secretary/Treasurer in 1948. Dan was also the editor of The DXer in 1948, 1949 and 1950.

David Palmer, W6PHF

W6PHF

Dave was a former radio operator for Matson Lines on board the passenger liners that sailed the South Pacific. Dave was Secretary in 1975 and Treasurer in 1979.

Mas Takata, W6BJB

Ex- K6PIH

Thomas Donovan, W6PMD

Lee Shaklee, W6BH

Ex-W6PQW, Lee was secretary/Treasurer in 1966 and a director in 1967 and 1970. Lee was also one of the three founders of the Northern California DX Foundation.

William Hansen, W6PTS

Bill was a director in 1970 and 1971.

Dick Sales, W6PWR

Peter Folini, W6PYH

Pete was President in 1953 and the NCDXC photographer in 1953, 1955 and 1956.

Jack Forbes, WB6QDC

WB6QDC

Jack was the manager of the W6 QSL Bureau in 1970 and 1971.

Vincent Wright, W6QDE

Chauncey (Bud) Downey, W6QLH

Charter Member

Orman Meyer, K6QX

Orman was Vice-President in 1975, President in 1976 and then a director in 1977 and 1978.

William Ladley, W6RBQ

Bill was a director of the NCDXC in 1949.

Jette Hill, W6RFF

Jette was a long time ARRL Section Manager for the Santa Clara Valley and was also Vice Director of the ARRL Pacific Division.

Warren Kocher, WK6RF

Ex-WB6RFI

Charles Patterson, K6RK

Chuck was a director of the NCDXC in 1999 and 2005. Chuck was also President in 2000 and then 2002-2003. Chuck was Vice-President in 2003-2004.

Carrel B. Smith, W6RM

Carrel was a director in 1949

Mark L. Stephens, W6RON

Al Lotze, W6RQ

Al was keenly interested in Astronomy and provided weekly propagation information to the club on the weekly DX Club net in the 1979’ and 1980’s.

Robert Ryan, WB6RSU

Cameron Pierce, K6RU

K6RU

Ex-KH6EPW, Cam was a keen DXer and contester. He was the editor of The DXer in 1982.

Larry Bloom, KD6XY

Larry was the editor of The DXer from 1989 through 1992.

John Brand, K6WC

Ex-K6RXZ

William Orr, W6SAI

Thomas Hall, W6SC

Bert Newkirk, WA6SIX

Frank Zolfo, W6SJC

Arthur Fonseca, W6SR

Art was a director of the NCDXC in 1956

Shrgeki Mori, W6SSA

Bob Thompson, K6SSJ

K6SSJ

Bob was President in 1960, 1961, 1973 and 1974. He was a director in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1984 and 1975. Bob was the Editor of The DXer in 1958, 1959, 1960 and again in 1974. Bob was awarded the DXer of the Year in 1970.

Paul Letsinger, W6SYL

Stanley Johnson, W6SZ

G. Kip Edwards, W6SZN

W6SZN

Kip was President in 1986 and then director in 1987. Kip was awarded the DXer of the Year in 1989

Patrick Whittle, AK6T

George Badger, W6TC

Horace Greer, W6TI

Charter Member, Horace was President in 1948, Secretary/Treasurer in 1949 and then director in 1950.

Louis Beaudet, K6TMB

K6TMB

Lou was Vice-President in 1983-194, President in 1986 and Director in 1985, 1987 and 1988. Lou was awarded the DXer of the Year in 1992.

Don Amyx, N6DA

ex-WA6TQK

Sam Canter, W6TSQ

Elvin Feige, W6TT

Charter Member

Eugene Darlington, W6TTS

Rolph Stoddard, W6TWO

Rolph was a director from 2000 to 2004

William Vetter, K6TXR

Bill was treasurer of the NCDXC from 1973 through 1974

Howard Sweezey, W6TZA

Doug Westover, W6JD

Ex-K6TZX, Doug was editor of The DXer in 1965, Director in 2004 and 2005. Doug was also President of the NCDXC in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

James Rafferty, N6RJ

N6RJ

Ex-WA9UCE

Stan Kaisel, K6UD

K6UD

Stan was a director of the NCDXC in 1983.

Paul Weller, W6UDR

William Eitel, W6UF

Ex-WA6LRU, Bill was co-founder of Eitel-McCullough, manufacture of high-power transmitting tubes.

Donald Schliesser, K6RV

K6RV

Ex-W6MAV and WA6UFW, Donald was vice-president in 1969 and president in 1970. He was one of three founding members of the Northern California DX Foundation.

Phil Wright, VS6DR

Ex-W6UHK

Chris Schrotke, W6UJ

Wes Louden, WB6UJO

Wes was president in 1971-1972, Vice-President in 1970 and a director in 1970 and 1972. Wes was also on the membership committee from 1968 to 1970.

Merle Parten, K6DC

K6DC

Ex-W6ULS, Merle was president from 1981 through 1982 and was Vice-President in 1974. Merle was also a director in 1976 through 1979 and again in 1983.

J.E. Judd, K6AR

K6AR

Ex-W6UMI

Ernest ZumBrunnen, W9UOM

Ex-W6UMI

Ray Brennan, W6UPV

Charter Member

Joseph Dillow, W6UR

Joe was on the staff of the DXer in 1982.

Daniel "Bob" Dorsey, Jr., K4UVT

Rodney Dinkins, AC6V

Rod was the editor of The DXer from 1981 to 1982.

Dewey Beraldo, W6VE

Dewey was a director in 1958

Win Wagner, W6VQD

W6VQD

Brad Wyatt, K6WR

Ex-W6VUW, Brad was a director of the NCDXC in 1967 and later was an ARRL Pacific Division director.

John Fogg, K6AO

Ex-W6VVR, John was editor of The DXer in 1965.

Robert Harriss, K6VY

Preston Hotz, K6WD

WB6WAV

Ex-WB6WAV

David Pugatch. KI6WF

Hal Irthum, W6WP

Dave Baker, W6WX

W6WX

Dave was President from 1966 through 1967, and director in 1968. Dave was also editor of The DXer from 1964 to 1965

Glenn Koropp, W6YFW

John Gibson, N6OM

Ex-K6YGS, John was the editor of The DXer from 1968 through 1970

Josheph Bridge, K6CU

Ex-WA6YMX

Fred Canham, K6YT

William Nesbit, WA6YVW

Karl Rudkosky, KF6QO

Ex-WA6YXP

Norman Brown, W1ICU

W6ZBS

Ex-W6ZBS, Norm was a director in 1972, and was a weekly helper at the W6 QSL Bureau.

Frank Holst, W6ZKM

Curt Roche, K6AL

Ex-W6ZMW, Curt was editor of The DXer in 1964 and 1965

 

Kay Brown, W6ZTJ

Josephine Clarke, WB6ZUC

WB6ZUC

Josephine was a 100% CW operator. She was secretary in 1983 and was awarded DXer of the Year in 1985.

Charles Kump, W6ZYC

Miles Weeks, W6ZZ

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