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Gone but rarely forgotten

In Memory Of Our Silent Keys

In the early days of Amateur Radio, the primary mode of communication was Morse Code sent with a telegraph key. The tradition continues today to refer to deceased operators as Silent Keys.

At the beginning of each monthly business meeting, we have a moment of silence to remember the club’s Silent Keys.

CallNameLife Dates
KD3NO Ralph A Geiyer1928 - 2021
WB3FBD Donald R. Younkin1937 - 2021
NG3S Jacob L Leonard1947 - 2020
KB3NSZ   Stephen J. Riley1971 - 2020
W3ZCO Kenneth E. Beal1935 - 2018
N3BLY Luthera P Casteel1930 - 2015
K3JQO William L. Casteel1927 - 2018
KC3SF David Bowers1945 - 2018
KC3CJX Raymond Sanner1919 - 2018
N3LZV Brian E Leventry             1959 - 2018
NJ3L Dudley G Daniels1926 - 2018
KC3HXM George J. Hockenberry1958 - 2018
KD3OR Rodney K Schrock1932 - 2017
KB3MZT Roger J. Crowley1924 - 2017
W3WDZ William G Mothersbaugh1927 - 2017
N3BSA Grant E Atwell II             1944 - 2016
N3SQH Jack N Humberson        1947 - 2016
* K3BGI George B Kimmel1922 - 2011
WB3FBC Arthur L Brown1929 - 2014
KB3NSY Kenneth D Flick             1948 - 2014
N3FOZ Edward F Waltos1942 - 2013
WB3HGL Richard A Warren     1939 - 2013
NI3D Ernest B Gelpi    1937 - 2011
WA3MYA William J Weimer    1935 - 2008
N8BFO John J Ball1941 - 2013
N3LZX Jamie R Krall1970 - 2005
AK8O Betty Ball1942 - 2021
* K3UMB Charles E La Bute          1933 - 2008
N3GTO Dennis W Steckman1943 - 2011
WB3LUP Stanley N Lenart1944 - 2008
W3WGX Kenneth K "Slab" Custer       1923 - 1998
W3VWA William D. Valentine1922 - 1988
KQ3M James "Fred" Welsh 1930 - 2000
NI3Z Melvin L Day                       1924 - 2008
W3CTR Donald W Rayner         1921 - 2006
W3TZM Shimer E Darr1922 - 2008
NN3T Frank J. Foster        1952 - 2006
N3ARB Paul W. Douglas 1927 - 1996
N3LIG Harold D. Nicholson1943 - 2013
* K3PQK Virginia L. Bowser1928 - 1976

* Signer of 1964 Incorporation Documents

My chair is sitting empty.  
My call's no longer heard  
My radio rests quietly.  
From it comes no words.  
On my shack door is a message.
That reads "From Me to Thee" 
My frequency's much higher now 
I've become a Silent Key  

Judy Hudson KC9CCJ