Silent Key News

* 2021 *

Thom A Yohe WB3ACU of Washington, Pa passed away on July 112, 2021. See obituary here.

Thomas J Conard WA3IKQ, passed away on July 8, 2021.

Robert 'Bob' N3LL, a former resident of the Pittsburgh area, age 67, of Englewood FL, passed away on June 16, 2021. See obituary here

Richard F Bour W3BQG, age 88, of Forward Township, passed away on June 15, 2021. See obituary here.

Karl E Frankenstein WE3Y, age 60,  of Bethel Park, Pa passed away on June 9, 2021. See obituary here.

Thomas M Slebodnik KC3AAF of Belle Vernon, PA. This was announced during the Breezeshooters Radio Net on June 7, 2021.

Delmar Simpson KB3WV, age 79, of Butler PA, on April 22, 2021. See obituary here.

William G Armitage WK3M, age 70, of Latrobe PA, Tuesday April 20, 2021. See obituary here.

John 'Jay' A Brassell AK3O, of Bradford Woods PA,  on Wednesday April 14 2021. See obituary here.

Leonard W Budd W8LWB (ex KD3QQ),
of Danville IL (former Pitts burgher) passed away. See obituary here.

Frank Vertosick KB3BIX, age 92, of Natrona Heights, on March 4, 2021. . See obituary here: 

Gil Diaz WA3K has passed away, as announced by his wife Marie N2ELV, on January 19, 2021. See obituary here.

Frank J Podroskey Jr W3NUS
,, age 74,  of Monongahela PA. A well known, and long time musician, and ham radio operator. See obituary here..

Jim Berwick W3LZR, age 79, of Dravosburg Pa passed away on January 14, 2021. Funeral arrangements are by Finny Funeral Homes in Dravosburg PA.  See obituary here.

Richard L Sperling WB3JLK  ,It was announced by Joe Fenn WB3AGB on the Breezshooters Jan 5th radio net, that Rich had passed away on New Years.

* 2020 *

Robert Timmins AB3ED, age 73, of Pleasant Hills PA, passed away on December 20, 2020. Bob had many activities,including activities in amateur radio. Bob served for several years as our ARRL ARES Emergency Coordinator for Allegheny County up until 2019. There will be no public visitation due to coronavirsus19 restrictions. See obituary here.

Charles A Olexa W3VEW
, age 90, of Monaca PA passed away on November 25, 2020. See obituary here.

Ronald  S Jessus KA3BBS, age 78, of Lower Burrell PA passed away on November 27, 2020. See obituary here.

Richard J Finch W3RKT,
age 84, of Carnegie PA passed away on November 17, 2020. See obituary here.

Carolyn Cole N3HAJ,
of Midland Pa. Wife of John Cole N3TN.

Michael J. Mehara NK3C
, age 89, of Pittsburgh/McKeesport PA, a member of the Two Rivers ARC, passed away on October 11, 2020.
See obituary here.

Donald G Link N3BMT, age 79, of Knoxville, PA passed away on October 8, 2020. See obituary here.

Henry aka Hank Panko W3XZ, of Poland OH, passed away on September 27, 2020

Philip J Schwartz KC3JDO, age 64 of Pittsburgh/Arlington, passed away on September 7, 2020. See obituary here:

Karl R. Laurin KB3BZW, age 81 of White Oak, passed away on August 10, 2020. See obituary here:

John F. Nemmer KB3GXP, age 63, passed away on July 22, 2020. See obituary here:.

Allan W Harden N3UML, age 62, of Monongahela PA on June 26 2020. See obituary here:

Robert Peach KB3SGX,
age 73, of Hookstown, Pa. on June 19, 2020. See obituary here.

Daniel Metro W8ICN (ex K3NLL), age 77, of Pinkney, MI, on May 8, 2020. See obituary here.

Joseph Vacarro W3JTV. of Hermitage PA.

Phil Slaugh KQ3W, age 88, of West Mifflin passed away on May 2, 2020. Phil was a former member
of the Two Rivers ARC, served on its board of directors, and was its first volunteer examiner liaison.

Please view Phil's obituary

Bernard E Fuller N3EFN,
age 86, of Saegertown, Pa passed away on April 2, 2020. Bernie was a retired veteran, and had many
activities. He was ARRL W.Pa. Section Manager, Atlantic Division Vice Director, and Director for many years. See obituary for details.

Howard Coleman W3WTJ,
age 86, of Delmont Pa, passed away on March 11, 2020. See obituary for details.

William 'Bill' Kristoff N3BPB, Age 76, of Wexford PA, passed away on February 12, 2020. See obituary for details.

Robert 'Bob' Benna N3LWP,
age 86, of Ross Township passed away on Saturday February 1, 2020. .
Please see obituary

Frank A Stroncek KB3RBV,
age 82, of Baldwin PA, passed away on January 23, 2020. See obituary for details.

James Rossell K3QYR,
age 73, of Churchill PA, passed away on January 14, 2020. See obituary for details.

* 2019 *
Joseph D Sciulli KA3TDQ, age 84, of Mt.Washington PA, passed away on December 30, 2019. See obituary for details.

Chris Moratis W3OUF, age 90,  of Ambridge, PA, passed away on December 18, 2019, at age 90. See obituary for details.

David Geiselman WB3CUW, age 78, a recent member of the Two Rivers ARC, passed away at home on November 20, 2019.
See obituary for funeral details.

Paul J. Dujmich W3BK, age 70, of McKeesport, died November 17, 2019, at home. View obituary

David C Jennices K3VVL, Age 76, of New Kensington PA, passed away on October 26, 2019. See obituary at: ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD

Robert John Buchwald KC3JBS, Age 68, of Buffalo Township, passed away, Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia. Bob was a well known member of the Skyview Radio Society. View obituary

Frank Knoll KB3UJI- age 74-passed away  on June 27, 2019.

Steve Marhefka K3HBW-Age 87, of Vandergrift Pa, passed away on June 14, 2019.Click here for obituary

Charles William Bugan KC3JIQ, May 27, 2019-Age 58, of Elizabeth Township, passed away at home on Monday, May 27, 2019.  Condolences may be made at

Joseph R Matta WB3HZW, May 25, 2019 -Age 94-A former member of TRARC, formerly of White Oak Pa, passed away on May 25, 2019.
See obituary at:


David G Zibrat W3VXT-May 2, 2019-Age 84-of Butler, Pa. See obituary at:

William P Lyons WM3G-April 7, 2019-Age 70-of Titusville, PA. View obituary.

John R Fowler KB3YBS-April 6, 2019-Age 79,of West View (Mars,PA). View obituary at

Gerald Steve Carlson N3KAC-April 5, 2019-Age 69-of Pittsburgh, PA. View Obituary.

Bruce Sayne WA3SYB-March 28, 2019-Age 77-of Lincoln Place, PA. View obituary at

Frank Lachimia W3VZW-March 16, 2019-Age 92 of Marshall Township. Frank worked for 45 years for the radio station WWSW. Frank was instrumental in building the AM 970 transmitter site, and the startup of WWSW's first FM broadcasts. View obituary at  Simons Funeral Home.

Ronald Kotula KO2LA-March 14, 2019 of Brighton Heights PA. View obituary.

Richard 'Rick' Lococo W3DVE-February 19th-Age 69, of Munhall PA. Rick was a well known radio amateur in the Pittsburgh area.
He was a former entertainer with the Delmonics singing group.

Richard 'Dick" Barton AA3TG-February 6, 2019-Age 88 of Allison Park PA. Dick was a well known radio amateur in the Pittsburgh
area, and a long time member of the North Hills ARC. Obituary in webi site.

Edwin "Bud" Hart W3NTM-January 30, 2019-Age 98, of St. Petersburg FL and New Kensington PA.Former owner of Harts Department
Store. Info from Tom W3TLN and K3MJW email reflector. Obituary in Valley News Depatch.

Joseph Marek KA3JQA-January 20, 2019- Age 89, of Penn Hills PA. Obituary at: Skya Funeral Home

Bruce A. Murray N3GHI-January 6, 2019-Age 93, of Mt. Lebanon Twp. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Obituary at Legacy.Com.

* 2018 *

Kenneth Beal W3ZCO-December 21, 2018-Age 83 of Pleasant Hills, PA. Full obit:

William S Stimmell III KA3VFW-December 3, 2018-Age 80, of Stahlstown PA. More info ARRL's QST Magazine March 2019 edition.

Milton A Freisel K3KVP-December 2, 2018-of Harmarville PA. Obituary at Legacy.Com

Joseph L Gazarik KC3HYH-October 27- Age 74, of Allegheny Township PA. Obituary at Legacy.Com.

Ricardo A. Robbibaro N3CSM
- October 6, 2018 - Age 63, of Penn Township. 

F. Leyton Fennel W3TIG
- September 11, 2018 - Age 97, of Cabot, PA. Obituary at
Leyton Fennel W3TIG Obituary.

Rev. Grant R. Walborn WO3Q
- August 12, 2018 - Age 93, of Concordia, formerly of Butler, PA. Grant was a well known Lutheran minister.

Paul L Plants W3PLP
- August 4, 2018 - Age 66 of Washington PA. Paul was a well known amateur radio operator. He was a retired police
officer, and was the chairman of the Western Pa Repeater Council. He is survived by his wife Patty N3XAR.

William Boehmer WB3FWC - July 26, 2018 - Age 93 of Venice, FL. Formerly from the Pittsburgh area.

Philip 'Pete' Baer W3NJO - July 1, 2018 of Glenshaw. Pete was a well know ham radio operator, worked at KDKA for many years. He was
a former member of the North Hills ARC, and fondly remembered as a member of the Bum Of The Month club.

Brian Leventry N3LZV - May 16, 2018 - Age 58, of Stoystown. Obituary published in Tribune Democart newspaper

Edward J Mroz N3XTB - May 8, 2018 - Age 80, formerly of Oakmont. Full obituary published in Pittsburgh Post Gazette from May 9 to 10th.

Robert C  Patterson AA3ML - April 20, 2018 - Age 86, of Latrobe. Obituary published in Greensburg Tribune Review on April 22, 2018.

Bradford Robert Holmes KR4IQ- April 11, 2018 - Age 56 of Allison Park.

Gary W. Harkness W3AHT - April 10, 2018 - Age 67 of Braddock Hills PA.

Art Bell W6OBB - April 14, 2018 - Age 72 passed away. Art was a well known ham who was the late night host for the "Coast To Coast" radio talk in show for many years.

Arthur O. Gibson N3MLQ - March 6, 2018 - Age 82, of Natrona  Heights.
Harry Simplson N3QWX- February 21, 2018 from Monongahela PA.  
Robert 'Bob' Siksa K3OFX - January 25, 2018 - Age 72, a member of the Skyview Radio Society, and The Breezeshooters.

* 2017 *

Dick Hanna K3VYY -
from Beaver Falls PA passed away on December 30, 2017.
Stephen Zajac WA3WOW - December 24, 2017 - Age 75 from Pittsburgh PA (originally from Duquesne PA), and a former member of TRARC.
Ashes interred May 6, 2019  at family plot in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Mifflin, Pa.

Don Myslewski K3CHD - December 25, 2017 - Age 76 from North Huntingdon PA . A former member of TRARC, Breezeshooters, Irwin Area Amateur Radio Association,  and served as ARRL WPA Section Communications Manager in the 1970's. Don worked for U.S. Steel, and Dilner Transfer. He is survived by his wife Marion, and son Daniel, and many nieces and nephews. Click here to view the Don Myslewski K3CHD Obituary.

Donald J. Myslewski Obituary

Earl C Seiler K3SYM - November 16, 2017 - Age 94 from Curry.

John Moran KA3JHB -
November 14, 2017 of West Newton, PA (Source: Sam KE3PO)
F. Gregg Welch N3PJW -
November 7, 2017 - Age 63 of Uniontown, PA. (source Charlene KA3RXY)
Bob King W3GH 'Green Hornet' -
October 15, 2017 - Age 86 of Apollo.
Bob was an active Dxer and a founding member of Skyview Radio Society.

Richard Doyle 'Moe' McKendree WB3ING -
September 30, 2017 - Age 76 of Armstrong County.

Ray C Danser KA3FGX - August 12, 2017 of Greensburg, PA.

Frank Pascoe WB3IAO
- August 8, 2017 of Trafford, PA.

John T Siemon W3QH -  August 7, 2017 - Age 84 from Dorseyville, PA John was a very active ham radio operator. Especially with the Breezeshooters.

Jack Layton W9UK - July 14, 2017 of McMurray, PA.
Emil Barca KB3CDB - July 5, 2017 - Age 87. Emil was a very active member of the TRARC, and served on its board of directors for many years.He will be missed by his friends at TRARC.

Albert Van Maele W3OVZ - March 17, 2017 - Age 98, from Erie PA (McCandless PA).
Paul Reed KB3PRG - March 11, 2017 - Age 69, of North Huntingdon PA.

* 2016 *

Eric R Johnson KA3RLC -
November 20, 2016 - formerly of West Newton PA (McKeesport PA) in a house fire.

Mac McDonald W3KWN - July 24, 2016 - Age 90, from McKeesport PA. Mac was a former member of TRARC.

George Bodnar K3SQQ -
May 23, 2016 from Pittsfield MA (McKeesport), a former member of TRARC.

Angelo 'Ange' Vergona W3HR - May 16, 2016- from Clairton PA.

* 2015 *

Cindy Lopota KC1ND - November 18,  2015 - Age 51, of McKeesport PA.  Cindy was the wife of TRARC vice president Jim Tapocik AB3JT.
Cindy was also a very active member of the TRARC, and will be missed by all of her ham friends at TRARC and Breezeshooters..

Ed Peterson KB3FCY - October 15, 2015 - Age 89, of McKeesport Pa. Ed was a former member of TRARC.
Alex Stockmal N1TIV - September 21, 2015. 
 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF - June 11, 2015 - Age 73 of Santa Clarita, CA Bill was a well known radio amateur who was the found of Amateur Radio Newsline
(a weekly amateur radio news feature).

James 'Jim' Sunstein N3PDZ - April 28, 2015 - Age 94, of White Oak PA.

Jim Stivanson AG3H - March 17, 2015 of Monroeville PA. Jim was a member of TRARC and served on its board of directors for many years.

* 2014 *

Albert Zani WO3J - September 23, 2014 - Age 93 from Washington County.

* 2013 *

Allan Fuller W3APR - September 23, 2013 - Age 75, from Mars PA.

George E Petrovich WA3BJS- September 11, 2013 - Age 64 of Greensburg PA.

Paul Pinyot KB3LZP -
Age 54, of Penn Hills PA passed away on July 29, 2013.

Leonard K Bulgarelli W3IOP - July 18, 2013 - Age 69 of Windgap PA.

Joseph W Kosczuk AA3MM - July 6, 2013 - Age 58 of Latrobe PA.  

Harry P Jackson KB3HJ - July 6, 2013 - Age 79 of Irwin PA.

Gerald L Jackson K3BZW- June 16, 2013 - Age 71 of Wilkinsburg PA.

Kevin Smith N3HKQ -
June 10, 2013 - Age 59 of Carroll Township.

William Bell W3RSR - April 8, 2013 - of Springdale PA.

Dennis Derda KB3USV - March 6, 2013 - Age 66 of Natrona Heights PA.

Richard Warren WB3HGL - January 24, 2013 - Age 73 of Somerset PA.

Kenneth Faub N3KKH - January 22, 2013. 

Andrew E Hohn Sr N3WNV - January 8, 2013 of West Newton PA

* 2012 *

Ernest Metz WB3HZZ -
December 17, 2012 - Age 87 of North Huntingdon PA.

Jerome Herman K3LQO -
December 13, 2012 - Age78 of Arlington.

Ronald Lape K3MI -
December 4, 2012 of Perryopolis (Brownsville PA).

Robert McClurg WA3PIB -
Age 93 of Plum Boro PA, a member of TRARC passed away on November 6, 2012.

Barry Goldblatt W3AFH - October 10, 2012 - Age 50 of Norfolk VA (McKeesport PA), a former member of TRARC.

George A "Buster" Friend W3KSJ (K3ZBI) -
July 4, 2012 of Pleasant Hills PA.

Kris Nemmer KB3VOP -
February 1, 2012 - Age 47.

Robert 'Bob' Poisel WE3O (KA3NMB)-
January 26, 2012 of White Oak PA, a member of TRARC, who served on its Board of
Directors for many years. Bob was also very active with The Breezeshooters (checker), and 10/10 Crazy 8's Net.

William F Bowser K3KUH -
January 11, 2012 - Age 86 of East Deer Township (Cheswick PA).

* 2011 *

Bob Bashaw W3ZEH -
December 12, 2011 - Age 74 of Donegal PA. .

Samuel T Turner W3UST - November 20, 2011 - Age 92 of McMurray PA (McKeesport PA), a member of TRARC who served on its Board of
Directors for many years as President.

Jerry L. Shadle – WA3UTL -
November 3, 2011 - of Pittsburgh PA (New Kensington PA).

Mark Schallenberger N3PBQ -
August 10, 2011 - formerly from Westmoreland County, in a train accident.

Bob Ross KA3AVB -
August 2011. A member of the North Hills ARC, ARES, and very active in 10/10's Crazy 8's Net.

Paul Gidos N3ZIC -
July 2011 - of West Leechburg PA.

Ernest B Gelpi NI3D -
July 19, 2011 - Age 74 of Boswell PA.

Jacque Gosselin N3ZEL -
July , 2011 - a member of the Washington Area Communications Club, who served on its board of directors, newsletter
editor etc.

ohn Colbert K3SDL - May 9, 2011 - Age 82 of Dallas TX (North Huntingdon PA).