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This page is dedicated to those members of our Amateur community who have passed on. Their energies and involvement within our fraternity will be missed. Every one of these individuals contributed to making the Livingston Amateur Radio Klub what it is today.

SILENT KEYs - Gone but not Forgotten


SK - N8WWW PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Beecham   
Sunday, 01 January 2012 16:04

Ralph Heinrich of Fowlerville, passed away on March 19, 2002. Ralph was a member of Lark for several years. Ralph was born on November 13, 1940. He was a real estate broker, a husband, a father and a grandfather as well as a member of the Fowlerville Masonic Lodge No. 164 F&AM. He was survived by his wife Janet, two sons, one daughter and 7 grandchildren. The call N8WWW has now been reissued.


Bill's Bio from QRZ is below:

The name is Bill and I reside in Walkersville, Maryland; approx. 45 miles NNW of Washington DC. I returned to ham radio in 2009 after a 32 year layoff, being initially licensed in the mid 60s. Equipment includes an Icom IC-736, IC-V8000 transceivers and an old Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver from the 60s. I also resurrected an old E.F. Johnson Viking Navigator CW transmitter and some test equipment from the 60s like a VTVM, Oscilloscope, Tube Tester, etc. This is the first time I have used transmitters and receivers that do not emit a warm glow and heat the shack. I am having fun again with an old hobby; a lot has changed in 32 years.

Antennas are all stealth as I live in a restricted development so I have a homebrew 10 meter inverted “V” tucked under the roof line of the screened area of the deck, a homebrew 20 meter vertical on the open area of the deck (disguised as a flag pole), a homebrew 40 meter inverted U dipole tucked under the roof of the house and a Hustler 2 meter ground plane vertical, also on the open area of the deck. Also using a borrowed 6 meter halo to play around on 50 MHz. I also utilize echolink and CQ100. My only HT is a Kenwood TH-D72.

I am a semi retired Information Technology professional of over 45 years and now operate a small IT consulting company. My other interests are flying my own and others aircraft (major reason for the 32 year layoff from ham radio), sailing the Chesapeake, and of course computers and networks. I also held a commercial first class Radiotelephone license in the early 60s as a broadcast radio engineer, which launched my involvement with ham radio.

SQL via eQSL or Direct.

73. N8WWW Bill

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:55
SK - K8ELR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Beecham   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 02:29

James Eller K8ELR  (May 25th, 1951 - Oct 8th, 2011)

James Eller, born May 25, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, passed away suddenly at home on October 8, 2011. Jim was the epitome of a good man. He was deeply loved and will be missed beyond words by family and friends.

Jim grew up in Detroit with his brother David and later moved to Milford Michigan where he worked for Williams International for over a decade as a Quality Assurance Engineer and took additional college classes. During that time he met his wife, Patrice, when he taught dog training classes on the side and she brought her puppy for his help. They married in 1988 and brought up two cherished and beautiful sons, James Kenneth Eller and Benjamin Matthew Eller. Jim left engineering and started his own business in computer support and continued that expertise by working for others including Ford and the Ann Arbor District Library.

He retired from the paid workforce in 2006 when he had a stroke but never let that stop him from living life to the fullest, making him a role model for all of us. He took advantage of the opportunity and volunteered to share his time and energy with multiple organizations that he cared about including the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, the Cancer Support Community, the Hands On Museum where he helped visitors learn about Ham Radio and the Huron Valley Humane Society where he comforted the cats. Jim was curious about many things which led to a wide range of passionate interests over his lifetime including becoming a hot air balloon pilot, scuba diving, showing and training dogs, breeding Killifish, Ham Radio, fishing and making sure the neighborhood hummingbirds were well taken care of. He loved reading including anything about history and he enjoyed just about any kind of music.

In addition to his brother David and sister-in-law Sheila Fox, wife Patrice and sons, Jim and Benjamin, Jim is survived by his beloved nieces, Sydney, Stacey and Stephanie and dear nephew, Spenser. He was predeceased by his father, James and mother, Norma Eller.

If desired, donations in Jim’s memory should be to the AACIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Cancer Support Community, 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 or Huron Valley Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

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SK - K8BI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Beecham   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 02:28

Bill Mondeau K8BI 12-25-2003 

*William J. Mondeau, K8BI, SK: Bill Mondeau, K8BI, of Howell, Michigan, passed away on December 25, 2003 after a long illness. He was 50 years old. Bill was survived by his wife and 2 daughters. Bill was first licensed in 1969 as WB8FMJ.

Bill was an avid EME and weak signal operator. Bill was our local expert on EME, Meteor Scatter, and weak signal VHF operation. In addition Bill had recently begun to operate mobile HF. Bill was the former Vice President of the Livingston Amateur Radio Klub, and co-founder of the K8JBA (Just a Bunch of Amateurs) Radio Club in Fowlerville, Michigan. Bill was also very involved in ARES and RACES, as well as assisting in code classes for prospective and new amateurs. “Bill was a great friend, teacher and mentor. He was well respected for his family values, sense of humor, and his ability to share his knowledge with others.”

Bill Was Active on 1.8 through 450 Mhz and could be heard on his Icom IC-746, Ameritron AL-572, Lunar-Link LA-22 amplifier with 1500 watt output on 2 meters. His Antennas were: Hy-Gain TH5MK2 at 55ft. Cushcraft 17B2 at 70ft. on Rohn 55 ft. tower. Four M2 2M18XXX at 70ft. on Tri-ex crank up tower with mast mount preamp and 7/8in. hardline feed. Az/el control by M2 for EME and terresterial work.

Bill's other interests included boating, camping, and astronomy.

“I will miss him. Ken Pearce, N4KCD”

“Bill lived life to the fullest, be it in Amateur Radio, Camping, Boating, or his attempts at making Chili for Field Day.” Steve N8GQ

Written by Jim Beecham   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 02:27

Darlene Schwein WA8WHM 5-16-1998

Sub Drew KB8J

Al Corr W8IW

Robert Thompson WD8MNU 5-20-1921 to 4-10-1994


Craig Arenson WB8OHO 8-24-1946 to 6-13-1993


SK - W8RCA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Beecham   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 00:59

Greg Yost W8RCA 8-8-2006

 W8RCA...Greg Yost was  first licensed as WN8GIB in 1970 at the age of 14, and got back into the hobby in the early 80's as first KA8TJV then N8FZD.

Greg's radio interests included DXing, contesting, but mostly ragchewing with new and old friends alike. Greg was also a big fan of the AM mode of operation as well as SSB, and could be heard on 160, 75 and 10 meter AM quite frequently.

Greg was the general manager of Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan, a paved 1/2 mile oval track that runs stock car racing from mid April thru mid October.Greg was voted 2003, 2004 and 2005 Short Track Promoter of the year, by the readers of THE MICHIGAN RACING SCENE a weekly newspaper devoted to short track racing in the midwest as well as the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club at there annual meeting for 2004.

Greg also was honored as the "Electronic Media Personality of the Year" in 2004 and 2005 by the board of directors of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club for his work hosting the award winning radio program, RACEDAY REVIEW, a talk show about racing on AM 1330 WTRX in Flint, Michigan every Sunday from 10am till noon, which was also heard on the world wide web at www.wtrxsports.com and was a morning disc jockey at various Michigan radio stations.

An award winning newspaper journalist as well, Greg wrote for several racing publications including The MARC Times Racing News, and was a weekly columnist for the Michigan Racing Scene, who's readers voted his column "From the Inside" the 2005 "People's Choice" Award Winner.

Greg was married to (Lynn) with 2 sons (Jesse and Casey).

An avid ICOM radio user and Hi-Fi SSB operator,after many years of being a big boatanchor collector,he was running a Heil PR-40 mic. through a W2IHY 8 band EQ into a IC-756 Pro II, AL-80B and various antennas from the "Wattage Cottage" high atop "RF Hill" in suburban Hell, Michigan and was also a proud member (#193) of the world renowned RED RYDER AMATEUR RADIO GROUP.

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