Silent Key News

Arthur O. Gibson N3MLQ 'SK'
Arthur O. “Art” Gibson,82, of Natrona Heights,died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.
Art was born Aug. 30, 1935,in Tare ntum, to the late Arthur C. and Antonia Kravic Gibson. He was a graduate of Har­Brack High School
Class of 1953 and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He served with the Air Force.He worked as a supervisor for the Department of Defense
at Washington, D.C., and Ft.Meade, Md. He was a member of the Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish,
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Natrona Heights. Art was a ham radio operator and he enjoyed radio­ controlled
sailboats and cars, traveling and music. Art is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna J. Anthony Gibson; his sister, Toni (Donald)
Parson, of Great Falls, Mont.and six nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Rose Dadura.

Family and friends are invited from 6 to 8 p.m.Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the
1521 Freeport Road,
Natrona Heights, PA 15065,

where a parting prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church,
800 Montana Ave., SK"
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

with the Rev. John B.Lendvai officiating. Burial will follow at Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge. For online condolences and more
information, please visit us at www.petersfamilyfuneral Memorial Contributions can be made to

Community Library of Allegheny Valley,
1522 Broadview Blvd.,
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

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Thanks to the Skyview Radio Society Yahoo Group for posting and forwarding this information.

Harry Simplson N3QWX 'SK'
of Monongahela, PA, died on February 21, 2018.

With deepest sadness Harry (HB) Simpson (N3QWX) has passed away on Weds 02/21/2018.
HB will be laid to rest on Sunday 02/25 from 3 to 8PM at Fist Presbyterian Church 609 Chess St Monongahela PA 15063
Earl C Seiler K3SYM 'SK'
Of Curry, PA, died on November 16, 2017, at age 94. Earl had a life long interest in amateur radio. Especially in the
flying of radio controlled airplanes. Condolences to Earl's family. Please see Earl's obituary for more details.

Robert 'Bob' Siksa K3OFX 'SK'

Of Murrysville, age 72, died on Thursday, January 25, 2018.
Beloved husband of Mary Lou (Wentz) Siksa for 46 years.Devoted and loving father of Michelle Siksa of Murrysville.Brother of Joanne (late Dominic) Gizzi of VA, Mary Ellen Siksa of VA,
Christine Siksa of VA, and Catherine (Rick) Milanak of Lancaster.Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, also his beloved kitty, Roxy.

Bob was a Vietnam War Era Army veteran and a retired employee of Bechtel. During his career, which began with Westinghouse and later became Bechtel, he invented equipment that is used in the
U.S. Navy nuclear programs for aircraft carriers and submarines. Bob was multi-talented as he was a surveyor, master wood worker and a HAM Radio operator with the call signal of K30FX.

Friends are welcome on Saturday from 6-8 and Sunday from 2-4pm,only, at
Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home,

Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel,
1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St.,
Turtle Creek PA

Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Joy on Monday at 12 noon.

Dick Hanna K3VYY "SK"
A well known, and liked radio amateur from the Beaver Falls area passed away on December 30th. He was J.R "Dick" Hanna K3VYY.
Funeral arrangements and obituary can be found at:
Gabauer-Lutton Funeral Home and Cremation Services:
117 Blackhawk Road
Chippewa, PA

Visitation tentatively on Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm, and evening 6pm to 8pm, with service on Thursday at 10am, followed
by private internment at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Complete funeral information and obituary is available at:

Stephen Zajac WA3WOW  "SK"
A former member of the Two Rivers ARC passed away on Christmas Eve. He was Stephen Zajac WA3WOW. Steve lived on Pittsburgh's North Side for many years.
He was originally from Duquesne PA, and went to school at Duquesne High School. He was a retired steel worker who worked at U.S.Steel's Muriel Street Processing Center.
He was also an accomplished organist and pianist who performed at many special functions and at churches after his retirement from U.S. Steel. He is survived by his
sister Marilyn Zajac.


Wow. I am so sorry to hear of the death of our friend Don Myslewski K3CHD. Don 
was a huge supporter of amateur radio. Especially back in the 1970's and 
80's. He was, for sure,
a past vice president of our club the Two Rivers ARC. From my memory, 
some of his ham radio activities included:

A.R.R.L. Western Pennsylvania Section Manager in the mid to late 1970's.
Member, and served on the Board of Directors many times, of the Two Rivers Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club.
Founding member of the Irwin Area Amateur Radio Association.
Served on the board of directors of the Breezeshooters ARC.
Loved participating in the Two Rivers ARC Thursday Night 10 Meter Net, and the Breezeshooters 10 Meter Net.
Was very active in the early days of 2 meter repeaters in the Pittsburgh area.
Liked and used vintage AM transmitters and receivers.
Operated a VLF Beacon system many years ago.

The last time that I saw and talked to Don was at an IAARA Picnic about two years ago

Below is a copy of his obituary as it appeared in the Tribune Review 
newspaper today December 27th.

Thanks Bob AG3U for spotting, and reporting this in the Greensburg Tribune Review newspaper.

RIP old friend.

73 de Chuck W3ON


Donald J. Myslewski

1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Flowers
Donald J. Myslewski Obituary
Donald J. Myslewski, 76, of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Born June 5, 1941, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Myslewski. Prior to his retirement, Donald worked for US Steel and Dillner Transfer and Storage Co. and was a member of St. Agnes Church. Don was a graduate of Hurst High School in 1959 and Penn State University in 1963. He was a veteran of the Army, having served from 1963 to 1965. Don loved "old time" country music, especially Blue Grass, and loved riding his Harley. He was a ham radio operator, K3CHD and was active in many of their organizations and a proud member of the Lions Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Myslewski, and stepmother, Frances Shea Myslewski. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marian Wolk Myslewski. Don was a proud and loving father to Daniel Myslewski and his wife, Lee Anne, of Vienna, Va.; brother, Larry Myslewski, of Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Myslewski; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed by family and his furry friends, Frank and Fred.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In Donald's memory, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Dec. 27, 2017 to Jan. 4, 2018

John Moran KA3JHB "SK"
of West Newton, PA (Source: Sam KE3PO)
F. Gregg Welch N3PJW "SK"
of Uniontown, PA "SK" (source Charlene KA3RXY)
Bob King W3GH aka 'Green Hornet' SK

Robert W. King, 86, of Apollo, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at Concordia at Rebecca Residence, in Allison Park. He was born Aug. 3, 1931, in Edmond, Pa., the son of the late Earl W. and H. Margaret Schall King. Before his retirement in 1993, he was employed by Alcoa Technical Center in Upper Burrell as a laboratory technician with more than 40 years of service. He is a 1949 graduate of Bell Township High School. Bob was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean War, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a life member of the NRA, life member of the ARRL, holding the amateur radio call letters W3GH for more than 60 years, a member of the NMLRA for more than 50 years, a member of Lodge No. 617 Free and Accepted Masons of Vandergrift, member of the AASR in Coudersport, Pa., for more than 50 years, member of AAONMS in Cheswick for more than 50 years, member of the Skyview Radio Society in New Kensington for more than 50 years, a life member of VFW Post 92 in New Kensington, and a life member of the American Legion Post 868 in Lower Burrell. He is survived by two children, Jeffery A. King and his wife, Debra, of Pittsburgh, and Jodi K. Cantler and her husband, Donald, of Rising Sun, Md.; two grandchildren, Kayleigh (King) Fontana and her husband, Nate, and Courtney Rabi and her husband, Neil, and two great-grandchildren, Ayden and Liam Fontana, all of Pittsburgh; a brother, William R. King, of Avonmore; two sisters, Helen May, of Washington Township; and Patricia Almes and her husband, Michael, of Blacklick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jill King, in 2016. 
Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Services will be conducted at noon in the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Holmes officiating. An honor guard service and interment will follow in Edgewood Cemetery, Saltsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Legion. To view and send online condolences, please visit our website at

Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 1, 2017

William 'Bill' P Jacobs K3RYA SK
Age 72, of Mount Lebanon, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Beloved husband for 34 years of Constance A. (Riddell) Jacobs; brother of Robin (Tom) Slack, of Lexington, NC and the late Thomas J. Jacobs; uncle of nine; great-uncle of ten; cousin of Tracey Hall, of Akron, Ohio; also survived by six other cousins from Virginia. Bill was a Ham Radio Operator for over 50 years. Friends will be welcomed at LAUGHLIN CREMATION & FUNERAL TRIBUTES, 222 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon, Friday from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. and to a Service Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. Interment Mount Lebanon Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2017

Richard Doyle'Moe' McKendree WB3ING SK
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Richard Doyle "Moe" McKendree WB3ING, 76, of Armstrong County, who became a Silent Key at 8:20 Saturday morning, September 30, 2017 at the Kittanning Hospital following a sudden illness. First licensed in 1976, Moe was very enthusiastic about performing Public Service in Amateur Radio traffic handling. He was a very active member of Western Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), the Western Pennsylvania Phone and Traffic Net, and a member of the Fort Armstrong Amateur Radio Club. He was a highly respected mentor and many radio amateurs got their start with his guidance. Moe was a retired mechanic at US Steel, and along with his passion for amateur radio, he enjoyed local sporting events, gaming and outdoor activities. He is survived by three grown children. Plans are being made for a memorial service, date and information to be announced. -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Section Manager: Joe Shupienis, W3BC --------------------------------------------------------------------

Frank Pascoe WB3IAO
of Trafford, PA passed away on August 8, 2017.

Ray C Danser KA3FGX SK
of Greensburg, PA passed away on August 12, 2017.

Jack Layton W9UK, SK
It is with great sadness we report the passing of Jack Layton W9UK of McMurray, PA on Friday, July 14. Jack was a very active radio amateur and well known at many Pittsburgh area clubs. Professionally, Jack was a Broadcast Engineer, serving first in Chicago, and then for many years as the Chief Engineer at KDKA in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and was an SBE Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer. He was the author of several books on Broadcast Engineering including "Directional Antennas Made Simple", "The Radio Chief Operators Handbook", "The Broadcaster’s Guide to Creating & Maintaining the Public Inspection File", and was a regular contributor of technical articles to various broadcast trade journals. He also spent several years researching the history and hiking the path of the Mason-Dixon Line, publishing the book,"Exploring the Mason Dixon Line: Walking in the Footsteps of History". He served as a permanently-ordained Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. He was a devoted family man and is survived by his wife Cathy and his children, Judy and Christopher. Funeral arrangements will be announced when they are completed. -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Section Manager: Joe Shupienis, W3BC --------------------------------------------------------------------


One of our best known and well liked Two Rivers ARC Club members passed away on July 5, 2017. He was Emil Barca KB3CDB.
The viewing and funeral was completed on July 10, 2017.

Emil was a huge supporter of the Two Rivers ARC. He was one of those who we could always count on to be there. Many of us had been asking recently the question
'Where was Emil ?'. Especially at this year's Field Day as you could always count on Emil to help in either a small way or a big way, with getting things organized and setup.
His expertise setting up the kitchen tent was legendary.  He served on the TRARC board of directors for many years. He was a real family man who devoted many things to
his family. It was not uncommon to find one of Emil's grandsons at our club breakfasts now and then. He also was a big supporter of the Breezeshooters ARC, and was one
of the regulars who checked into its Monday night net for years. He also was one of those who could be counted on to help others such as Andy WA3PBD, or the fellows
from the Greater Pittsburgh VHF Society, when they neede
d help with antenna raising, etc. Lately he had been helping some fellows restore old automobiles at the
'Old School Man Cave Garage' . All that I can
say if 'he will be missed'. RIP old friend.Below is a copy of Emil's obituary as it appeared on the George Irvin Green Funeral
Home web page.

Emil J. Barca 87 of West Mifflin on July 5, 2017, Beloved husband of Cherlyn L. (Dillon), loving father of 
Eric J. (Nancy) of N. Huntingdon and Christopher R. (Donna) of McDonald, brother of Elise Palumbo of Carrick
and the late John, Mike and Lundy, cherished grandfather of Jaime, Anthony-Dominic-Emily-Sarah and the late
Eric, great grandfather of Ezra. Emil was a member of Resurrection Church, retired electrician for the
Continental Can Co. U S. Army Korean Conflict Veteran. He was also a Ham radio enthusiast belonging to The
Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club and the Yough Sports People Assoc. Born in Hays to the late John and Concetta Barca.
Albert Edmund Van Maele, age 98, of Erie, PA, formerly McCandless Township and Boynton Beach, FL passed peacefully March 17, 2017, following a brief illness at the VA Medical Center, Erie, PA. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Edmund G. and Anna (Peyton) Van Maele. His faith, family and country defined Mr. Van Maele's life. Albert attended Connelly Trade School in Pittsburgh - See more at:

Paul E. Reed, 69, of North Huntingdon, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, in the Veterans Hospital, Aspinwall. He was born May 11, 1947, in Homer City, a son of the late Leila LaRue (Reed) Behe; and was also preceded in death by his wife, Donna J. (Majercik) Reed; and a son, Milan P. Reed. Paul was a retired employee of Piad Precision Casting Corp., Greensburg. He was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a life member of North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Westmoreland County Emergency Amateur Radio Service and was formerly active with Rescue 8, North Huntingdon. He is survived by his children, Matthew J, (Samantha) Reed, of Larimer, and Dennis P. (Marie) Reed, of North Huntingdon; his grandchildren, Lacey, Ryan, Michael, Zachary, and Aidan Reed; siblings, Margaret (Jim) Bash, of Ligonier, Shirley (Clark) Cribbs, of Commodore, Donna Stormer, of Ligonier, Richard Patterson, of Clymer, and Frances (John) Oswalt, of Penn Run; sister-in-law, Diane (the late Thomas) Weaver, of Irwin, and Dennis (Natalie) Majercik, of North Huntingdon; also nieces and nephews. 
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Janice Altenburger officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to the Disabled American Veterans at For online condolences, please visit


A well known and well liked Pittsburgh area amateur radio operator has passed away on Sunday evening, August 7, 2016. He was John T Siemon W3QH, age 84, of Indiana Township.

John was a family man, whose family included wife Catherine (63 years), two sons John Jr and Ronald, and three grandchildren Dana, John T III, and Michael. John was also an Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War.
John's amateur radio activities included being very active in amateur radio with the Breezeshooters as net control so many times that we forgot to count, and in its ground wave contest. John was also very active with the Tri County CW Amateur Radio club serving as its Vice President, and heading up its Volunteer Examine team for many years. John also was one of the driving forces of the local Ten Ten International ten meter activities during its hey days. John's distinctive gravely sounding voice was easy to distinguish during net operations or contests. His announcement of "This is W3QH from Dorseyville" was frequently heard during his sign off from net operations.   John had many friends in the Western Pennsylvania area. He will be missed by all of his family and friends.

RIP John

Information for this announcement was obtained from the Pittgsburgh Post Gazette Obituaries (August 10th edition, page B5. You can view the obituary online at:


About 830 this evening, Sunday 7-24-2016, Bob W3SYR reported that he had received a phone call from Mac McDonald W3WKN's son Andy MacDonald that Mac passed away today at age 90.

His call was W3WKN. Mac had lived in Kane-McKeesport since April 2009. Bob had visited Mac almost every week. He formerly lived on Jenny Lind Street, in McKeesport. Mac was a former school teacher, and served in the Air Force during WWII as a radio operator. Mac's body will be cremated as was his wishes. Bob said that "he didn't expect to see a notice in the newspaper". Bob remembered that "He and I were members of the former Mon Valley Amateur Radio Club W3ZHV radio club, Clairton". Mac was a member of TRARC years ago, although he was not active in club affairs. Recollections are that Mac taught morse classes for the TRARC members during the mid 2000's at the high school.  



73 de Bob W3SYR

George Bodnar K3SQQ SK

It was announced on the T.R.A.R.C. GABNET that George Bodnar K3SQQ, a former T.R.A.R.C. member, had passed away in Pittsfield, MA. He was a good friend to many of the
old timers of the T.R.A.R.C. Especially Frank K3SQP.

Angelo 'Ange' Vergona W3HR SK
It has been reported that Angelo 'Ange' Vergona W3RH of Elizabeth, PA passed away of May 16 2016. Ange was well known in the area, and was a member of the TRARC, some years ago. Please follow the link below to read the obituary from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review newspaper.

Eric R Johnson KA3RLC SK
It has been reported that Eric R Johnson KA3RLC, formerly of West Newton, and recently of McKeesport, tragically passed away on Friday November 20th in a house fire in McKeesport..

Cindy Lopota KC1ND "SK"

It is with deep sorrow that I relay to you that Cindy Lopota KC1ND, wife of club vice president Jim Tapocik AB3JT, has passed away.  On a personal note, I will always remember Cindy's bright face, voice, and smile at all of our T.R.A.R.C club functions. I always enjoyed hearing her voice on our Monday night net, and during the Breezeshooters net. My condolences to Cindy's husband Jim AB3JT, son Zac, and all of her family.  Below is a copy of the Funeral Notice which is to appear in the November 20th Daily News.

73 Chuck W3ON

Cynthia A. Tapocik(1964 - 2015)

Cynthia A. "Cindy" Lopota Tapocik, 51, of McKeesport, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. Born Jan. 29, 1964, in McKeesport, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Alice (Blazer) Lopota and the husband of James "Jim" Tapocik. Cindy was a service representative for, and a former engineering and document management specialist at U.S. Steel, Edgar Thompson Steel Works. She was a member of McKeesport Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club, First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association of McKeesport, and the former Transfiguration of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church. Cindy's three children were her greatest joy. She had friends from around the world and will be dearly missed by all. In addition to her husband, survivors include children, James J. Jr., of Port Vue, Danielle A., of Anchorage, Alaska, and Zachary J. at home; aunt, Betty Jane Fazio, of New Kensington; mother and father-in-law, Virginia and Jerry Holmes, of White Oak; and ever faithful companions, Duke, Tyler and Macy.

Family and friends will be welcomed from 2pm until the hour of blessing service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME 220 9th Ave McKeesport, PA 15132 (412) 664-9178. Father Vincent Velas will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the cancer care center of one's choice.

Ed Peterson KB3FCY SK

Edward A. Peterson Sr.(1926 - 2015)
Edward A. Peterson Sr., 89, of McKeesport, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. He was born April 22, 1926, in McKeesport, and was the son of the late Arthur and Mildred Peterson. He was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and worked for Westinghouse Airbrake, U.S. Steel, Dravo Corp. and Rust Engineering. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann; sons, Edward Jr. (Heide), of Madison, Ala., and Glenn W., of Dormont; grandchildren, Christian and Elizabeth Ann; and sister-in-law, Dorothy "Dottie" Peterson, of White Oak. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence "Al". Mr. Peterson served in the Army and Merchant Marines and was a member of McKeesport Masonic Lodge No. 375.

Friends will be received from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20th,  at STRIFFLERS OF WHITE OAK, 1100 Lincoln Way, PA 15131, 412-678-6177, where Masonic service will be held at 4:30 p.m., followed by prayer service at 5 p.m., with the Rev. Warren Smith.
Contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors Fund or St. John Lutheran Church, McKeesport.

Jim Stivanson AG3H SK

im Stivanson AG3H passed away on March 17th after being ill for an extended period. This information was provided by former TRARC club member Glenn Booher WA3YLN/AH6KT from Jim's family. Glenn resides in the Perry Florida area in northern Florida. Jim was a long time member of the TRARC. He served in many positions on the TRARC board of directors including President, Treasurer (for many years), Newsletter editor, Trustee for the club radio license W3OC, a member of the Volunteer Examiner Team, a ham radio class instructor, and was a perennial operator of the 40 meter CW  station at Field Day. Jim was the primary person responsible for the TRARC reclaiming its FCC license in the 1980's, after it had been lost by a previous trustee, and then re-obtaining the club call sign W3OC. Jim also actively participated in many other TRARC activities over the years. A Sympathy Card was signed by all TRARC members present at the March 17th club meeting, and sent to his widow Janet, daughter Jeffinfer, and son John. "A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1 p.m. at South Avenue United Methodist Church in Wilkinsburg Pa. Memorial gifts may be made to South Avenue UMC.".

A full obituary appeared in the March 19, 2015 Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Section E, page E6. RIP Jim. SK

Bill Pasternak WA6ITF "SK"--Founder of A.R. Newsline
Amateur Radio Newsline Co-Founder, Editor Bill Pasternak,WA6ITF (SK)

A well-known voice in the Amateur Radio news media has gone silent.
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, of Santa Clarita, California, died June 11
following a period of ill health. He was 73. Pasternak was
co-founder (with Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP) of Amateur Radio
Newsline(tm) (formerly The Westlink Report) ham radio news webcast
and a frequent presence at Amateur Radio conventions. Pasternak
served as Newsline's managing editor and occasional newscaster for
the program. Even while hospitalized earlier this year, he kept his
ear to the ground for news from the Amateur Radio community, so he
could pass it along to those who had taken over Newsline during his
illness - discovered after he broke two ribs in a fall. ARRL Rocky
Mountain Division Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, got acquainted
with Pasternak at the Albuquerque hamfest and in 1997 was named
Newsline's "Young Ham of the Year" (YHOTY).

"An incredible man, ham, and one of Amateur Radio's too-few giants,
who woke up every day to make the hobby better for everyone,
especially its legacy - youth," Mileshosky said. "I've enjoyed the
energy he put into keeping hams informed via Newsline, and have been
honored to give back to his Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award
program, since being asked by him to sit on its judging panel well
over a decade ago."

ARRL Public Relations Committee Chair Katie Allen, WY7YL, said
Pasternak would be missed by those within and outside the Amateur
Radio community. "He truly was one of the good ones," she remarked
on Pasternak's Facebook page. "Thank you for sharing your light with
us, Bill."

A Brooklyn, New York, native, Pasternak became a radio amateur in
1959 as WA2HVK and once was very active on 6 meters. "I love the
hands-on approach to ham radio and built my very first transmitter
using parts salvaged from an old Dumont television set," Pasternak
recounted in an online biography. "It was a modification of a design
by Bill Orr, W6SAI, published in his famous Novice and Technician
Handbook. A crystal-controlled, low-power 6 meter AM transmitter
that doubled in the final, was screen grid modulated, and put out
almost no output power."

He eventually got into broadcasting and made his career in
television engineering and production. He retired as a broadcast
engineer with KTTV in Los Angeles in 2012 but continued as a
broadcasting consultant.

Pasternak was the spark plug behind the all-volunteer Amateur Radio
Newsline bulletin - which was relayed on repeaters around the US and
elsewhere - as well as the creator and administrator of the annual
YHOTY. He was the author of three books and served as a
writer/producer on several educational films and videos, including
the award-winning "Amateur Radio Today." In earlier years, he wrote
the "Looking West" column for 73 Amateur Radio Today Magazine for 26
years and penned a "VHF, FM and Repeater" column for WorldRadio. He
also contributed to broadcast trade publications as well as to CQ.

In addition to the ARRL, Pasternak belonged to the Radio Club of
America and the Quarter Century Wireless Association. He also
enjoyed flying, including stints getting on the air from thousands
of feet up.

He was the only person ever chosen to receive the Dayton Hamvention
Special Achievement Award (1981) and Radio Amateur of the Year Award
(1989). In 1995, the League presented him with an ARRL National
Certificate of Merit in recognition of his contributions to the
"furtherance of the goals of the Amateur Radio Service."

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sharon, KD6EPW.

Alex Stockmal N1TIV SK
The Tribune Review newspaper, and Bob AG3U, has  reported that Alexander J Stockmal N1TIV, of Freeport Pa,  has passed away on
Monday September 21, 2015. He was married to Helen 'Christ' Stockmal for many years. Alex was a member of the Marine Corps specializing in Avionics.Throughout his career, he worked for many companies including the DOD, DOE, and NASA, focusing on highly sensitive
projects primarily dealing with optics and lasers. Alex was also an avid amateur radio enthusiast. He belonged to many clubs
including Skyview Radio Society, Butler County Amateur Radio Association, and was an active participant in the SKYWARN
Amateur Radio Network. He was also active in Boy Scouts community as a Scout Master for Bethel CT Troop 54, and served
on the board of directors for the Moraine Trails Council/BSA. He also served many community agencies, educational groups,  in the
Armstrong County area. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Kristy, and proud grandfather of Nicholas Stockmal of Allison Park, Pa.


The Tribune Review newspaper reported, in its April 30 2015 edition, that James L Sunstein N3PDZ '94' of White Oak, PA passed away. on Tuesday April 28th at the UPMC East Hospital. According to my recollection, and some old membership rosters, Jim was a member of the Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club for many years. Services were held on Wednesday at the Jordan Funeral Home in White Oak. Internment was at the West View of Rodef Shalom Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Memorial contributions may be made to Gemilas Chesed Congregation, 1400 Summit St., White Oak, PA 15131. Condolences may be made at Tnx Bob W3SYR for the information.

Albert Zani WO3J SK

Albert Zani, age 93, formerly of Moon Twp., passed away, Sept. 23, 2014, at The Haven in North Hills. Albert was born in Courtney, PA, in Washington County, April 15, 1921, to the late Romilda Glingani and John Zani. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Army Air Corps. Albert was a retired mechanic with US Airways, retiring in 1990 with 40 years of service. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists, a HAM operator with the call letters WO3J (ex:WA3FII), and a musician playing the accordion and keyboard. Albert was the beloved father of Melody Zani of Moon Twp. and the late Conlin Zani; also surviving are a sister, Nancy (Harold) Reynolds of Venice, FL; daughter-in-law, Valarie Zani; two beloved grandchildren, Nicole Vozza and Taryn Zani. Albert was predeceased by his cherished wife, Brenda Metcalfe Zani, in 1999; and two sisters, Theresa and Ida. Friends will be received Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the COPELAND MOON TWP. FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Rd. Everyone meet at the funeral home Saturday 9:30 a.m. and proceed to Coraopolis Cemetery for a 10 a.m. Committal Service, followed by military honors. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staffs of the Haven at North Hills and Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and caring. Send condolences
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2014
Note: His ham radio license expired in 2013.
Announced on 9/29/2014 TRARC net by KA3KSP.

Allan Fuller W3APR SK

posted Sep 24, 2013, 9:43 AM by Bob Worek   [ updated Sep 24, 2013, 7:49 PM ]
Alan Fuller, 75, a Mars resident for the past four years, formerly of Moon Township, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at UPMC Passavant Cranberry. Born Feb. 7, 1938, in Wilkinsburg, he was the only child of the late Paul W. and Emilie (Charlton) Fuller. He was the beloved husband for 52 years to Sally (Fleet) Fuller; loving father of Todd (Sally) and Brad (Lisa) Fuller, all of Mars; and cherished grandfather of Matthew, Mara, Quinn, Nicholas and Reed. He graduated from West View High School in 1956 and was very active in class reunions. After high school, he began working at Paul W. Fuller Agency, a business respected for its integrity, started by his father in the early 1950's, known for insurance, real estate and appraisals. Both he and his wife, Sally, stayed active to present with appraisals. For many years, he was the appraiser for Sewickley Savings Bank. He was a member of Free and Accepted Masons Lodge No. 674, Syria Shriners West Hills Caravan No. 25, Coraopolis Wolves Club and the Millvale Sportsman Club. An avid ham radio operator, he was a 59 year member of the American Radio Relay League, helping communicate special events like the Grand Prix. His hobbies included Ham Radio, hunting, fishing and golfing. He was a kind, generous and honest man, who enjoyed helping people and doing business "the old fashioned way". Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. by Free and Accepted Masons No. 674 Blue Lodge. Additional visitation will be from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Thursday followed by a service at COPELAND'S MOON TOWNSHIP, 981 Brodhead Road. Family welcomes flowers or donations in his name to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

George E Petrovich WA3BJS SK

George E. Petrovich, 64, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at his home. George was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Trafford, a son of Dan and Anna (Rantovich) Petrovich. George graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked for 10 years at Westinghouse Electric and 34 years as an IT technical security specialist at First Energy, formerly Allegheny Energy. George was an amateur radio operator and an avid bicyclist. George is survived by his wife, Jane (Huff) Petrovich; children, Cheri Garber and husband, Jason, of Towson, Md., and Christopher Petrovich, of Pearisburg, Va.; granddaughter, Alexandra Garber; and siblings, Sylvia Petrovich, of Trafford, Marvin Petrovich and wife, Patricia, of North Huntingdon, Daniel Petrovich and wife, Kathleen, of White Oak, and Marlene Martelli and husband, David, of Oakdale. The family would like to express sincere thanks to Dr. Terry Evans and the oncology staff at the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center (Mountain View). A private visitation and memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George's name may be directed to the Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714, for the purpose of pancreatic cancer research

Leonard K Bulgarelli W3IOP SK

On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Leonard, age 69, of Windgap. Father of Leonard, Richard (Darla), Robert (Tina), and Lynn Bulgarelli; brother of the late Betty Buczek; also survived by ten grandchildren. Leonard had many varied interests including ham radio operating, astrology, politics, the Steelers, and horse racing. Friends received at the ANTHONY M. MUSMANNO FUNERAL HOME, 700 Seventh St., McKees Rocks. Service at the funeral home Monday 10 a.m. Visitation Sunday only 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. - 


Paul Pinyot KB3LZP SK

posted Jul 29, 2013, 7:54 PM by Bob Worek   [ updated 4 minutes ago ]
Paul Pinyot, 54, of Penn Hills, died Monday, July 29, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Cindy Pinyot; loving father of Matthew; son of Edward
and the late Adrija Pinyot; and brother of Claire Pinyot, Patricia O'Donnell and Lorraine McKee. Paul was a Penn State graduate, an electrical engineer and was a ham radio operator. 

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME INC., Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hebron Church, 10460 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills
Paul was also a member of the ARRL, SkyView Radio Society, Breeze Shooters, North Hills ARC and the IEEE.
His contribution to restoring antique radio equipment  and being an elmer will always be appreciated.

Joseph W Kosczuk AA3MM SK

posted Jul 9, 2013, 11:54 AM by Bob Worek   [ updated Jul 29, 2013, 7:54 PM ]
Joseph W. "Joe K" Kosczuk, 58, of Latrobe, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born March 18, 1955, in Brownsville, son of the late Joseph Kosczuk and Genevieve Casto Kosczuk. Joe was retired and had worked as a paramedic, licensed funeral director and as a registered nurse for Torrance State Hospital. He was a member of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Delmont Concert Band and co-owner of Duetrombe. He loved polkas, his 1967 Camaro and his parrot, Manny. He also enjoyed playing trumpet at his church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Genevieve Casto Kosczuk. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Phyllis A. (Gasbarro) Kosczuk; two children, Brian Kosczuk and his wife, Susan, and Bethann Trickett and her husband, Jason; two grandchildren, Joseph Dominic Kosczuk and Nicholas Gross; and a brother, Charles Casto and his wife, Katherine. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at FREDERICK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Holy Family Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe. In lieu of flowers, Joe's family requests memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 1200 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650.

Harry P Jackson KB3HJ SK

posted Jul 9, 2013, 11:51 AM by Bob Worek   [ updated Jul 29, 2013, 7:54 PM ]
Harry P. Jackson Jr., 79, of Irwin, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in William Penn Care Center, Jeannette. He was born Oct. 17, 1933, in McKeesport, son of the late Harry P. Sr. and Agnes (McKay) Jackson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Francis Jackson; and two sisters, Mary Jane Brabender and Agnes Nowak. Harry was an Army veteran having served during the Korean War. He retired from AT and T as PBX installer and repair man. After retiring, he worked for Westmoreland County, Festival Foods and C and G Tours. He was member of St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Herminie, American Legion, Tri County Amateur Radio Club, McKeesport and West Newton Sportsman Association and life member of NRA. Harry was also licensed to fly Ultra Lite Planes and was an avid sportsman. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elaine B. (Bauer) Jackson; his two sons, Michael Jackson, of Greensburg, and Daniel Jackson, of Danville; and two daughters, Karen (Larry) Sellitto, of Irwin, and Judy (Brian) Hassinger, of Greensburg; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim Jackson, of Erie; numerous nieces and nephews great-nieces and great-nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Highlands Hospital and William Penn Care Center for all their love and compassionate care. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., Herminie, 724-446-7251. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Herminie with Father John J. Harrold as celebrant, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Dennis Derda KB3USV SK

Dr. Dennis C. Derda, 66, of Natrona Heights, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home. He was born July 14, 1946, in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Charles and Wilma Lucas Derda. Dennis was a 1968 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and a 1974 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. He was a retired dentist and was working part-time at the Valley Dental Clinic. Dennis was a veteran of the Army, serving as a dentist with the101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. Dennis attained the rank of colonel, and served three years in Germany and also at Fort Bragg. He was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Natrona Heights, a life member of the NRA, Springdale Sportsman Club and the Pittsburgh Amateur Astronomy Club. Dennis enjoyed gourmet cooking, scuba diving and was an avid model builder and ham radio operator. He is survived by his wife of
43 years, Karen A. Karpinski Derda; his son, Jeffrey (Leah) Derda, of Apex, N.C.; his granddaughter, Anna Paige Derda; and by numerous cousins. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights, 724-224-8688, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Burial with military honors accorded by the Tarentum VFW will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. To send an online condolence, please visit 

Gerald L Jackson K3BZW SK

As he always said, till last year or so.... " The Lonely and Only Ham in Rankin" 

Taken from the N3SH list:
Sadly I am sending you the obituary of a long time active member of the amateur radio community, Gerald L. Jackson, K3BZW. 
Gerald passed away on June 16, 2013. He was 71 . 
Having been on the receiving end of many of Gerald's "swaps" of radio equipment, the radio's I use most often today were acquired from him and have served me well during numerous public service events. I will surely think of him every time I use them. Please pass this information along to the amateur radio community. He will be missed by all.
Mike Tobias, N3NSG

Kevin Smith N3HKQ SK

Kevin Smith, 59, of Carroll Township, died on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Jefferson Hills. He was born Sunday, Feb. 21, 1954, in Circleville, Ohio, the son of the late Robert W. and Teresa (Karnbauer) Smith. Kevin was a chemical engineer employed with Carmeuse Lime and Stone on Neville Island. He was a member of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, in Monongahela, where he served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Kevin was also a member of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship and was very active in all the church functions. Kevin was an amateur radio operator and was a member of WACOM and WASH with whom he frequently volunteered as a participant in emergency communication drills and special events such as the Pittsburgh Marathon. Survivors include his wife, Peg (Cantini) Smith; a son, Michael (Kimberly) Smith of Wexford; a daughter, Jen (Michael) Borne of Finleyville; a sister, Kristine (Gary) Epright of Arkansas; and two brothers, Keith Smith and Robert (Donna) Smith both of Washington, Pa. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at St. Damien of Molokai Parish located at 722 W. Main St., Monongahela, PA 15063, with the Rev. Father William Terza officiating. The ANTHONY L. MASSAFRA FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE INC., 40 Second St. Ext., Carroll Township, Donora PA 15033, 724-379-6900, has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the MDS Foundation or Be the Match.

William Bell W3RSR / SK

On Monday April 8,2013 - Bill Bell,  W3RSR, of Springdale has passed away.  

Bill was an avid CW operator for many years, a retiree from Bell Telephone Company (now Verizon) and one of the (10) Founding Fathers of the Skyview Radio Society of New Kensington, PA.  

de Ag3U

It is with very deep regret that I inform you that Bill Bell, W3RSR passed today. Bill had lung cancer and was on round 2 of treatments. I had the extreme pleasure of talking with Bill on Sunday. 

For those that didn't know Bill you missed out on a great opportunity. Bill was one of the ten founding members of Skyview back in 1959/1960. Not only was he a major contributor to Skyview in the beginning, he also saved Skyview not too long ago when the club was on its knees and near the end. Bill saved Skyview by showing people that this club could be something better and that in the time it takes to complain about something, you could have fixed it yourself. 

Bill was always willing to sit down with new people and help them to learn for themselves about amateur radio. W3RSR is the reason that I fell in love with CW, after dropping it altogether when I earned my Extra class license. We would spend many-a-night at the clubhouse "workin Russians". 

Bill was always the innovator and always thinking out of the box. He saw the world around us in a very different way. You should see some of the projects that he created. He knew how to make amateur radio fun. 

The clubhouse has not been the same since his absence after being diagnosed with cancer. His spirit and optimism was something that needed to be experienced. We was indeed a master elmer. 

73 Bill 
Thank you so much for all you've done for so many people

de WC3O

Richard Warren WB3HGL SK
Richard A. "Dick" Warren, 73, of Somerset, died Jan. 24, 2013 at Siemon's Lakeview Manor. Born June 21, 1939, in Rockwood. He is preceded in death by his adopted parents, Lester and Joanne Warren; sisters Lois Myers, Lois Jean Klink; and pets, Cinder Puppy and Buddy Kat. Survived by his wife, Mildred A. "Johnnee" (Shreffer) Warren; sisters, Dorothy Holsopple of Somerset, Alice Smith, Jean Hast and Jane Vega; brothers, James Dwire and Joseph Dwire; and nieces and nephews. Richard attended Somerset Joint High School, class of 1957. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was retired from J & J Truck Bodies. Member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Somerset County Amateur Radio Club,"WB3HGL," and the Laurel Highlands Model Railroad Club. He was a self employed computer analyst and was a big computer, ham radio and camera buff. Friends received from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home where a service will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Matthew Deal officiating. Interment in St. John's Cemetery will be private. Somerset County Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Somerset County, P.O. Box 192, Somerset, PA 15501. Condolences may be made at

Kenneth Faub N3KKH SK
from N3BPB on Jan 24,2013:

With sadness I report the passing of Kenneth J. Faub, N3KKH, on January 22, 
2013. Ken was a registered nurse with the Allegheny County Health Department, .

Ken was a past NHARC member, and active with the American Red Cross and Masonic order. 

Andrew E Hohn Sr N3WNV SK

posted a minute ago by Web Master
As mentioned on the Breeze Shooters Net , Jan 14,2013 


Recently became a Silent Key.

Ernest Metz WB3HZZ /SK

Ernest Metz 87, of North Huntingdon, passed away on Mon., Dec. 17, 2012 in the LifeCare Hospital of Pittsburgh in Monroeville. Born Feb. 12 1925 in Patterson, NJ to the late George and Wilhelmina Lang Metz. A retired engineer for Westinghouse Research and Development Center in Monroeville. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of The Holy Trinity in Irwin. Ernie was a devoted and longtime volunteer at the former Jeannette District Hospital. He was known for his love of flying and taking aerial photographs. He was also a ham Radio enthusiast for many years. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Campbell Metz. Loving father to Donna Louise Smith of Connellsville, Daniel Karl (Sally) Metz of Irwin, Christina Patton of Pittsburgh; grandfather to Eric and Randy Smith, Kara Zatalochenko, Jessica and Nicole Metz; and four great- grandchildren. Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the J.F. OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 504 Oak Street, Irwin. A Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Fri. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Dr. Clifton Suehr his pastor officiating. Interment in the Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Excela Health Hospice, 134 Industrial Blvd., Suite 1600, Greensburg, PA 15601. John F. Ott assisting the family with arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit:

Jerone Herman K3LQO SK
Jerome A Herman Of Arlington, age 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Husband of the late Anna Mae Herman; beloved father of Gerri Lynn (Harry) Meyer, Linda Herman, Glenn (Lois) Herman, and the late Cindy Loris; also nine grandchildren; brother of Albert, Rose Marie Kelley, and the late Edward, Raymond, and James Herman. Friends received Monday 2-4 and 5:30-8:30 p.m. THOMAS J. GMITER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2323 E. Carson St. Funeral Prayer Tuesday 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Peter Church, Prince of Peace Parish at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society, 875 North Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.

Ronald Lape K3MI SK

Ron Lape K3MI, a well known radio amateur in the Pittsburgh Pa area, passed away on December 4, 2012.

Ron will be laid to rest in the 'National Cemetery of the Alleghenies', with full military honors, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Ron had many friends in the Pittsburgh Pa area. He was very active with Geratol Net, and the South West Pennsylvania Packet Group. Ron was an avid dxer and held many dx awards from both the ARRL and CQ Magazine. Ron also had many friends in the military as he served his country for a long time before retiring. He lived his retirements years in the Brownsville and Perryopolis Pa area. 

73 de Chuck W3ON

Barry Goldblatt W3AFH SK

posted Dec 17, 2012 8:07 PM by Web Master
Barry Goldblatt of Norfolk VA 50 of the 100 block of 39th Street, died, October 10, 2012. Barry was born in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania the son of the late Samuel Goldblatt and Delenora Eckman Goldblatt. Barry was a veteran of the United States Navy and was employed with the Department of Defense as an Electronic Technician. He was an avid Ham Radio Operator and was a member of the Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service. Survivors include his two brothers, Robert Gibb of Mckeesport, PA. and James Gibb of Norfolk. He is also survived by his Grandmother Mildred Eckman of Union Town, PA.A funeral service will be conducted 12 p.m. Saturday October 13, 2012 at the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services from 11 until 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society of the S.P.C.A.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Robert McClurg WA3PIB SK

ROBERT'Bob' McClurg.Age 93, of Plum Boro, PA, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Beloved husband of Carrie (Sloan) McClurg for 66 years; loving father of Patsy Jean McClurg, and Richard McClurg and his wife Leslie; loving grandfather of Samantha Jo McClurg. Friends received at the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATION CENTER OF MONROEVILLE, 4335 Northern Pike (1 block East of Mosside Blvd., Rte. 48). Visitation Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin Anglican Church at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 418 Beatty Rd., Monroeville, with Father James Kua Apple as celebrant. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will be private. Corl Family Directors 412-3.72-2100.

John F Martinik W3VJY SK

John F. Martinik, 91, of McKeesport, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Hallsworth House in Monessen. He was born Aug. 21, 1921, in McKeesport, the son of the late John and Mary (Charney) Martinik. He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine (Verbick) Martinik; a daughter, Elaine Marie Martinik; and a grandson, Adam Wardle. John was retired with 34 years of service from Bettis Labs in West Mifflin. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was an avid ham radio operator. He is survived by a daughter, Rosemary (Ralph) Wardle, of Belle Vernon; and grandchildren, Emily, Zachary, Mary and Rebecca. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME INC., 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Corpus Christi Parish, McKeesport, with burial to follow in McKeesport-Versailles Cemetery.

George A Friend W3KSJ SK

GE All

I was informed over the weekend that a local radio amateur died on July 4th. He was George A Friend W3KSJ (ex K3ZBI)  of Pleasant Hills PA.
George, also known as 'Buster', was a former member of the Two Rivers ARC, and a member of the South West Pennsylvania Packet
Group. Below is a link to his obituary.

I was sad to hear of Buster's death. I do remember his name being on the membership roster of the Two Rivers ARC in the late 70's and early 80's.
I believe that he was a cousin of former Two Rivers ARC Club member Dick Lindahl K3DMF (SK)..

73 de Chuck W3ON

Kris Nemmer KB3VOP SK 

posted Feb 2, 2012 10:58 AM by Bob Worek   [ updated Feb 5, 2012 12:24 PM ]
Kris Nemmer , a current Director for the Breeze Shooters passed away on Feb1, 2012.  Her husband is the Checker for the Breeze Shooters.  

KRISTINA L. (SNIADACH) NEMMER age 47, suddenly on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, of Carrick, formerly of Bethel Park. Wife of John F. Nemmer; daughter of Eugene and the late Katina (Moskoyes) Sniadach; sister of Michael Sniadach, Teresa Kortyna, Frank Sniadach, and Rebecca Miller. Visitations Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at BORON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1719 Brownsville Road, where relatives and friends are invited to attend her Services on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Robert Poisel WE3O SK


I just received a call from Sally, Bob Poisel WE3O's sister.  She called to tell me that Bob passed away yesterday evening.  She had been to see him on Wednesday afternoon and when she got home the message was already on her machine. Further information on funeral arrangements are as follows--

Viewing at Striffler's Funeral Home, Lincoln way and O'Neil Blvd, White Oak, Friday January 27 from 4PM to 8PM.

Service to be held at St. Angela Merici  Church, 
1640 Fawcett Avenue ~ White Oak, 8:30AM, Saturday, January 28.

de Roger WI3R

William F Bowser K3KUH SK

William F. Bowser Jr., 86, of East Deer Township, formerly of Cheswick, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Harmar Care Village, Harmar Township. He was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Barking, to the late William F. and Doris Phillips Bowser Sr. and had been a life resident of the local area. An electrical engineer, he worked for Bell Telephone for 30 years retiring in 1980. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant in the Pacific Theater of the Army Air Force. He was a founding member of the Sky View Ham Radio Club and used the call letters K3KUH. Bill enjoyed spending time at his camp along French Creek north of Meadville, fishing and was a loyal member of the Steeler Nation. Survivors include his sons, Jeffrey (Lori) Bowser, of East Deer Township, and James Bowser, of Tarentum; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Melissa) Bowser Jr., Shawn, Kayla and Karly Bowser; great-grandchildren, Jayda and Jeffrey Bowser III; and brother, Charles (Dolores) Bowser, of New Kensington. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine V. Skohut Bowser; and a sister, Connie Glowgowski. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg road at Alder street, Lower Burrell, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Harold Mele. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.

-- Bill was a good neighbor and a mentor --de Ag3U

Bob Bashaw W3ZEH SK

W3ZEH Obit-Walter R. "Bob" Bashaw, 74, of Donegal, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., a son of the late Walter A. and Eugenia M. Lello Bashaw. "Bob" was an elevator construction engineer, and he was a veteran of the Air Force. He was a member of Franklin Lodge F&AM. Among his hobbies, Bob was an avid competitive rifle shooter and hunter. He was also an active ham radio operator (W3ZEH). He was a member of St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal. He is survived by his wife, Gail A. Bashaw; two children, Walter Robert Bashaw II and his wife, Megan, of Mt. Lebanon, and Christine Adams and her husband, Richard, of Lovettsville, Va.; five grandchildren, Cecilia, Colin, Nathan, Sara and J.R.; a sister, Janice Gardner, of Carnegie; and a niece, Jennifer Gardner, of Seattle, Wash. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, David Bashaw. Friends will be received from 7 to 9
p.m. Thursday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 406 E. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, where a blessing service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Friday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, Donegal, with the Rev. Anthony W. Ditto as celebrant. 

Samuel T Turner W3UST SK

Age 92, of McMurray, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Beloved husband of Doris (Tompkins) Turner for 62 years; loving father of Kurtis Turner of Grand Rapids, MI and Gregg A. (Marie) Turner of Cranberry/ the Butler Area; caring grandfather of Alex and Evan; brother of Shirley Turner of Monroeville, and the late George Turner, Thomas Turner, and Sarah Sigler; son of the late George and Caroline Turner; also survived by a cousin, Thelma Cesarone and numerous nieces and nephews. Sam was employed for over 44 years at Westinghouse Research and Development Labs in Churchill as an Engineering Specialist. Sam was a long time member of Two Rivers Amateur Radio Club, Inc., and his call letters were W3UST. He was also a member of East McKeesport Lodge No. 765 and Lodge Council Chapter Consistory in Pgh. He was a Presbyterian elder and deacon and member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome at 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray, 724-941-3211, on Sunday 12 p.m. until time of funeral service at 3 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions be made to Westminster Endowment Fund, 2040 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15241. Please add or view tributes at
Send condolences at

Jerry L Shadle WA3UTL SK

Jerry L. Shadle – WA3UTL
Silent Key
Jerry passed peacefully on November 3, 2011 at home, after illness.  He is survived by his wife, Janet M. Shadle, KG4JBB.  Jerry originally from the 
New Kensington and Greensburg area, and then in northern Virginia, recently returned to the Pittsburgh area.  Jerry, in his amateur radio career, was very 
active in ARES, RACES and local clubs.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Mount Pisgah United Presbyterian Church, 31 Warriors Road, off of 
Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. 
de Bill, N3BPB   …_._

Reprinted from Skyview Reflector

Mark Schallenberger N3PBQ SK

posted Aug 11, 2011
Mark Schallenberger, N3PBQ became a silent key yesterday in a tragic train accident.  He lived in Westmoreland County 2003 -2005 and was very active in  Pittsburgh area Skywarn and other emcomm activities.  He continued his interest in SKYWARN and ARES after moving to Crawford County working mainly with Cleveland Skywarn.  He was a member of the Crawford County Amateur Radio Society. 
      73 OM
 de Larry AB3ER

Paul Gidos N3ZIC SK
Just learned of the passing of Paul Gidos - N3ZIC of West Leechburg. Will pass along info as it becomes available
Posted Jul 29, 2011 

Ernest B Gelpi NI3D / Sk

From the Somerset list:


It is with deep regards that I would like to let everyone know that Ernie NI3D pasted away this week.


Here a copy of the Somerset Daily American obituary

12:17 a.m. EDT, July 21, 2011
Ernest Bernard Gelpi, 74, of Boswell, Pa., (Jenners Crossroads) formerly of Somerset, died July 19, 2011, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, Pa. Born June 18, 1937, in Somerset, son of Bernard and Martha (Beeman) Gelpi. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by wife the former Evalyn Ann Goss to whom he was married 49 years, children: Thomas Gelpi and wife Judith (Godin) of Jenners Crossroads, Lee Gelpi and wife Deborah (West) of Orlando, Tina Hillegas and husband Roger Sr. of Schellsburg, grandchildren: Shawn Gelpi and wife Jennifer of Justin, TX, Kristopher Gelpi of Jenners Crossroads , Roger Hillegas III and wife Ashlee of Fort Drum, NY, Chasity Hillegas and fiance Chris Dattillo of Schellsburg, Brandon Hillegas and wife Kristie of Imler, Pa., great-grandchildren: Courtney, Chandler, Mason and Izabella. Brothers and sister: John B. Gelpi; Richard E. Gelpi and wife Judy; Bernice A. Barnett all of Somerset, Robert W. Gelpi and wife Pat of Mesa, AZ, Michael A. Gelpi and wife Maggie of Friedens. Ernest is a 1955 graduate of Somerset High School and a 1957 graduate of Devry Tech. He worked until his retirement as owner/operator of Gelpi's TV Sales and Service. He was also a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Amature Radio Club and American Legion Post 181. Friends received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home, Somerset, where a vigil for the deceased will be conducted at 1:45 p.m. Friday. Funeral Mass will be conducted 9 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Somerset, with the Fr. Daniel J. O'Neill Celebrant. Committal: Husband Cemetery. Contributions may be made to American Heart Association.

Jacque Gosselin N3ZEL SK

As posted Jul 2, 2011 9:48 PM
It was found out tonite that we have lost another Amateur Licensee.
With deepest sadness , Jacque Gosselin - N3ZEL / SK

 From Bud, N3TIR President of WACOM

It is with immense sadness I have to announce that a member of WACOM has become a Silent Key. Jackie was a long time member of WACOM. She served as President for 8 years, the last 3 years as our newsletter editor and she managed our VE exam team. She has always had a place in her heart for new amateur operator's especially new YL operators. She guided WACOM thru some tough years and started many traditions like the sportsmen show and many of the walk communications that we cover. Jackie was devoted to the advancement of amateur radio. We will update information as it is available. She will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to Ed (N3ZNI) and her entire family.
                    Bud & Norma Plants
(Above reprinted from Skyview Yahoo Group)

 Bob Ross KA3AVB SK

As posted Apr 17, 2011 5:57 PM

reprinted from NHARC
I am sorry to report that Bob Ross, KA3AVB, is now a silent key. Please check the local newspapers for funeral details. Bob has been a member of the NHARC for more years than I can remember. Unfortunately, his last couple of years where spent in the hospital. He had a borrowed HT so he could remain active on 2 meters. He checked into our Club net most weeks.
A Navy WWII veteran, member of the North Hills ARC, BreezeShooters, ARES participant.  Survived by wife of over 64 years Jean M. and daughter Shirley.  Visitations and arrangements by Neely Funeral Home, 2208 Mount Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, PA 15116.   Phone 412-486-4546 .

Visitations Monday, April 18, 2011, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM  and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Service at funeral home on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Ed DeHart

 John Colbert K3SDL SK

As posted May 9, 2011 10:13 PM
As relayed on the Breeze Shooters net Monday May 9, John Colbert - K3SDL has become a silent key at the age of 82..  John has been living in Dallas Tx for many years.  Being still radio active from his apartment, he was making contacts into the Pittsburgh area via his computer and Echolink.  Also a past BOD member of the Breeze Shooters.
de Ag3u

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