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Skylab and Space Shuttle Astronaut Owen Garriott Dies at 88

Astronaut Owen Garriott at the Apollo Telescope Mount console

Scientist-Astronaut Owen K. Garriott, science pilot of the Skylab 3 mission, is stationed at the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) console in the Multiple Docking Adapter of the Skylab space station in Earth orbit. From this console the astronauts actively control the ATM solar physics telescope. (sl3-108-1288)Credits: NASA

Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died today, April 15, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission. He spent a total of 70 days in space.

“The astronauts, scientists and engineers at Johnson Space Center are saddened by the loss of Owen Garriott,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester. “We remember the history he made during the Skylab and space shuttle programs that helped shape the space program we have today. Not only was he a bright scientist and astronaut, he and his crewmates set the stage for international cooperation in human spaceflight. He also was the first to participate in amateur radio from space, a hobby many of our astronauts still enjoy today.”

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John Gleichweit N6FOG, SK

November 26, 1967 – February, 2019 (age 51)

Recitation of the Rosary will be on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10 AM at Jay Chapel with the Funeral Mass following at 11 AM at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, with interment at Arbor Vitae Cemetery. Fr. Craig Plunkett of Divine Mercy Parish in Clovis will be the Celebrant.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society designated for Lung Cancer or the Jim Savage Chapter  #1852 of The E. Clampus Vitus,  P.O. Box 1661 Fresno, CA.  93727

Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK

The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure within the Amateur Radio community and a prolific contester and DXer. His call sign was nearly always present in most major operating events, and even in a few lesser-known contests, and news of his tragic death and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him best.

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Glen Blomgren AF6CY – SK


Glen Blomgen AF6CY (1931-2017)
Glen Blomgen AF6CY, SK (1931-2017)

Glen Blomgren (AF6CY) became a silent key on Feb. 23, 2017. Glen was a great asset to the local ARES/RACES group and was also a mentor to the new hams as well as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner. You could find him and wife Gwen at most of the public service events in the area. He was very active in the Fresno CERT organization teaching classes as well as working in the field. He was a great supporter of the 2nd Amendment working with the NRA. Glen gave most of his life educating and helping his community however he could

Glen Henry Blomgren, 86, of Fresno died Feb. 23. He was a professor at California State University, Fresno. Memorial: 11 a.m. March 17 at Peoples Church, GL Johnson Chapel. Arrangements: Neptune Society of Central California.

Dave Kope KJ6AZQ – SK

Dave Kope KJ6AZQ
Dave Kope KJ6AZQ, SK (1949-2016)

Dave Kope, KJ6AZQ,SK passed away last week after a year-long battle with a lung ailment. Dave was a graduate mechanical engineer from Fresno State. He worked on high-tech medical instruments, and his favorite work was building and operating half-scale, live-steam locomotives at Hillcrest Farm in Reedley. He applied his radio skills to improving railroad operations, as well as enjoying contacts with his many ham friends. He is sincerely missed.

Wayne Green, W2NSD, SK

ARRL. org
September 15, 2013

Ham Radio Publications Pioneer, Visionary,
Iconoclast Wayne Green, W2NSD, SK

Wayne S. Green II, W2NSD (“Never Say Die”), of Hancock, New Hampshire, died September 13. He was 91. A well-known and often outspoken figure during what some consider Amateur Radio’s golden years in the 1950s and 1960s, Green helmed CQ Magazine for 5 years before becoming the self-proclaimed “El Supremo and Founder” in 1960 of 73 magazine, which he published until 2003.

“The purpose of [73] at that time was to get more hams building equipment,” Green recounted in a radio interview several years ago. A hallmark of 73 was Green’s iconic, rambling, and wide-ranging “Never Say Die” editorials, in which he rarely missed an opportunity to tweak the ARRL and his magazine competitors for their perceived shortcomings. In 2012 Green contributed back issues of 73 to Internet Archive.

“Wayne will be remembered in many different ways by many different people, but he will be long remembered,” said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. “He maintained his membership in the ARRL despite being a persistent critic. In the early days of packet radio he gave me some good advice as to how the ARRL should promote the new technology: ‘Talk about it as if everybody’s doing it, and eventually they will be.’”

Indeed, Green often was ahead of the curve in promoting such technologies as single-sideband phone, solid-state, FM, and the marriage of computers and ham radio, and he went on to found and publish Byte and other computer-oriented publications. “I live mostly in the future,” Green was quoted as saying.

Former ARRL Contributing Editor Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, once wrote in his “Surfin’” web column, “We take computers and the Internet for granted today. I first became interested in computers when Wayne Green, W2NSD, started writing about them in 73 magazine in the 1970s. Back then, you had to build your own from scratch or from kits.”

Green maintained a larger-than-life presence, even in the years after he faded from the Amateur Radio spotlight, and he never did really retire. “Hey old buddy, I will miss you,” radio talk show host Art Bell, W6OBB, posted to Wayne Green’s blog. “NEVER SAY DIE is a phrase that will be with me till it’s my time.” Green was an occasional guest on Bell’s “Coast to Coast AM” overnight talk program. There hardly was an issue that Green would not confront, and he expounded a variety of unconventional science, health, and medical theories — from cold fusion and the moon landing to AIDS and cancer cures. He continued to write and speak frequently on these topics and others, as well as on public policy, even at hamfests where he was a guest.

The “Final” in his blog sums up Green’s overarching philosophy. “Wayne Green passed away September 13, 2013 in a peaceful, painless transition from this life on Earth. An eternal optimist, and one who loved to share his never-ending zest for life, he was a friend to many and will be missed greatly. Wayne was not afraid of dying and was very much ready to embark on his next great adventure to the afterlife.”

SK – Mark Carpenter Jr KK6BIL

Sanger Herald
By Dick Sheppard
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sanger High student killed in skateboard accident
A candlelight vigil is set for this Saturday

A 16-year-old skateboarder, Mark Carpenter, Jr., a Sanger High School sophomore, was killed Monday evening when he reportedly swerved into a car that was attempting to pass him.

Carpenter was riding his skateboard home from summer school shortly before 5:30 p.m., going west on North Avenue near Thompson Avenue when a car attempted to pass him, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Carpenter, who was “weaving from left to right in a serpentine manner” made a sharp movement on his skateboard and collided with the car. He was not wearing a helmet and was thrown into the opposing lane, where he died from the impact, according to the CHP report.

The collision is still under investigation.

Friends of the Carpenter family have arranged a candlelight vigil on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Sanger Skate Park on Harrison Avenue near 9th Street, east of the community pool.

A fund has been set up at Citi Bank and any branch can accept donations for the Mark Carpenter Fund, account #42008201610, routing #321171184.

The School District issued the following statement Tuesday morning:

“The Sanger Unified School District family is deeply saddened by the reported death of Sanger High School 10th Grader, Mark Carpenter, who passed away on Monday, June 24th, following an accident.

“Mark was a great young man and student, well liked by students and staff. District staff have offered Sanger High School students grief counseling services through the high school guidance department. Outside grief counselors may also be made available to students, if necessary.

“The Sanger Unified School District and Sanger high school family extends their heartfelt sympathies to Mark’s family at this very difficult time, and will keep Mark, his family, and his friends in their thoughts and prayers.”

The reporter can be contacted by email at or by phone at the Herald at (559) 875-2511.