SK – Donald Stein W2PTF

SK – Donald Stein W2PTF

sk-w2ptf-Don SteinDon Stein was a member of QSY since 1998. He was instrumental in obtaining our Field Day site at Carnwarth Farms 2003-2005, and enjoyed yearly visits to Field Day, and meetings. He will be missed.

The following is from the Poughkeepsie Journal:

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Donald Francis Stein, 85, of Wappingers Falls since 1968 and formerly of Adams, MA died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Born on July 14, 1927 in Rochester, he was the son of Francis H. and Cecilia Kircher Stein. After high school, he was a disc jockey and worked for Philco from 1951-1954 in Korea, Japan, Germany and France supporting radio and radar stations. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Iona College and was employed as a test engineer for Perkin-Elmer in Danbury, CT for 20 years until his retirement. He had worked on the Hubble Space Telescope and was a Ham Radio Operator. Donald was a parishioner of St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction.

On August 6, 1955 at St. John’s Church in the Bronx, Donald married Mary W. Glennon who predeceased him on October 28, 2009. He is survived by his sons and their wives, William and Marguerite Stein of East Fishkill and Joseph and Susan Stein of Yorktown; his granddaughters, Margaret, Rachel and Joan Stein of East Fishkill; and his brothers, Francis and George Stein.

Calling hours will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:30am at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by interment in St. Denis Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ – SK 10/2004

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ – SK 10/2004

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ SK

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ SK

Bill WA2WEJ was a ham’s ham.. extremely intelligent, willing to share information, help
others, and known to often time out repeaters during his radio discussions! – Shirley N2SKP

“If you want the correct answer! Ask Bill WA2WEJ…I was one of the Hams who would be on the repeater listening to Bill when he would time it out, We did some simplex work but Bill

wanted the new hams to hear what he had to say, So we stayed on the repeaters…We also tested many antennas during the time I knew Bill, Do I miss him ? BIG YES…JB WA2WMJ

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nformation late. Bill was the last of the “real HAMS” that took experimentation very seriously. He encouraged and supported many of the lives he touched, including mine, to build it, test it and make it work. That is a dying art in Amateur Radio today. Bill never lost that principle. He would argue the point of the newer folks in the hobby today put down 200

bucks, get an HT and they call themselves a HAM. While controversial, true. Nobody built things like Bill. There is much truth to the saying ” you never know what you had until it’s gone”. Well, Bill is gone and we lost a very valuable individual; the likes of which this area

will probably never see again. Bill, where ever you are, you made a difference. God bless you my friend, until we meet again; but not yet.

Contributed by: AJ Cioffi (N2KI)

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ transmatch

WA2WEJ transmatch

I had the pleasure of spending one full afternoon with Bill in his shack – he made time just for me. As a new HAM I was interested in building a transmatch that he designed and showed at a QSY Society meeting earlier that year. Luckily, I took a few photographs of his transmatch and I share one of those here, with Bill holding it. It is a fine example of what N2KI stated earlier – “Nobody built things like Bill.” Bill’s electronics expertise was entirely self-taught, and the depth of his understanding of the subject became clear any time he would talk about his current project. I miss you, Bill, and I will never forget that time you gave to me.

Contributed by: Bob Solimeno (KC2JAV)

Kyle Yancy, 44, SK — KC2VDG

Kyle, a member of the QSY Society, was very active in the 2009 QSY Field Day, setting up an maintaining the networked logging system. He will be missed.

KC2VDG Kyle Yancy, SK

KC2VDG Kyle Yancy, SK

Kyle Yancy, 44, a resident of Hopewell Junctionsince 2005 and formerly of Yonkers, died on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence following a long illness.

Born in the Bronx on April 26, 1967, he was the son of Madeline Throckmorton of Whiting, NJ and the late John Yancy. Kyle was employed as a commercial real estate appraiser for Valuation Consultants in Newburgh.

He was a member of Calvary Chapel of the Hudson Valley and the QSY Society Ham Radio Club.

On April 23, 1998 in Yonkers, Kyle married Sharon Fairman who survives at home. He is also survived by his children, Kurt Bowen, Kimberly Yancy and Malaki Yancy; and his brothers, David and Mark Yancy.

Calling hours were held on Sunday from 1-2pm at the McHoul Funeral Home Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by the service at 2pm with Rev. Robert Hargraves officiating. Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to: Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.

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Mike Koss W9SU (SK)


Owner of Industrial Communication Engineers Mike Koss, W9SU (SK)

Mike Koss, W9SU, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away Monday, March 28. He was 57. According to his friend Brian Smith, W9IND, Koss was found on his workshop floor and paramedics were unable to revive him. Industrial Communication Engineers (ICE) is well known in the amateur community for surge protectors, line filters, RF switches and more.“Besides being the heart and soul of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, Mike was also the proprietor of ICE,” Smith told the ARRL. “He also owned, designed and maintained one of the best Amateur Radio stations in the Midwest — the one responsible for cranking out the big signals of Indy 500 Special Event Station W9IMS. Mike was also the driving force behind Special Event Station W87PAX, which commemorated the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. The station logged more than 23,000 QSOs.”

Koss was also an accomplished DXer, with 326 confirmed entities. Smith called him a “first-rate contester,” saying that his 10 meter CQWW record for the 9th Call Area, set in 1989, remains unequalled.

Smith told the ARRL that Koss was also extremely involved in public service activities: “Just last year, Mike spearheaded a volunteer project that cleaned up and repainted the USSIndianapolis Memorial in downtown Indianapolis, just in time for the survivors’ reunion. The ship was torpedoed in 1945, and only 317 of the original 1196 crew members survived the sinking and subsequent shark attacks, exposure, extreme thirst and other problems associated with spending nearly five days in the Pacific Ocean.”

On March 31, ICE released the following statement concerning the company: “Industrial Communication Engineers (ICE), Ltd, its employees and the Indianapolis Amateur Radio community mourn the passing of company founder Mike Koss, W9SU, on March 28, 2011. Due to Mike’s sudden and unexpected death, ICE has temporarily suspended accepting new orders. We are in the process of reorganizing the company, as well as identifying and fulfilling current open orders and products returned for repair.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition period.

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Linda Ferdinand N2YL SK 5/4/2010

Linda S. Ferdinand N2YL CHATHAM, NY – Linda S. (McLarnon) Ferdinand, age 63 years, of North Chatham, NY, died May 4, 2010 at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Mass. Born May 11, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Barbara A. (Turan) McLarnon. Funeral services will take place on Friday, May 7, 2010, at The Medway Congregational Christian Church, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Matthew Marlow officiating. A calling hour will take place at the church from noon to 1:00. Burial will take place in The Medway Christian Cemetery, Climax, NY, following the service. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gary J. Ferdinand of North Chatham, a son Brian J. Ferdinand of Rensselaer, NY, a daughter Lauren Michelle and husband Jay Ferdinand-Intagliata, of San Jose, CA, a brother Gary J. and wife Peggy McLarnon of Earlton, NY, two grandchildren Evan Ferdinand of Rensselaer, and Jackson Ferdinand-Intagliata of San Jose, CA, her uncle Robert M. Turan of Earlton NY and her niece Colleen McLarnon Wilkinson of Greenville, NY. Prior to her retirement she was a computer systems analyst at I.B.M. in Poughkeepsie, NY, a life member and director of The American Radio Relay League and held the Ham Radio Call Sign of N2YL, as well as being a world expert in Morse code, an avid quilter and a lover of cats. Funeral arrangements under the direction of W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Linda’s memory to Animal Lovers, PO Box 6426, Albany, NY, 12206, telephone number 518-448-5468, or e-mail

The Poughkeepsie club (PARC) used her callsign, N2YL for many years at their Field Day.

Bob Paulsen W2KPZ SK 1/23/2010

Robert Charles Paulsen, Sr. ROUND ROCK, TEXAS: It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Robert Paulsen, Sr. who passed away at age 91 on January 23, 2010. He was born on January 18th, 1919 in Orange, NJ, the son of Carl and Augusta Paulsen. Bob married Alice Repsher in 1942 and together they raised five children. Bob served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific and in Europe. He brought with him skills he learned from his childhood working with homemade radios, skills that he honed while working at IBM. While in Europe Bob worked with a team of German POWs installing radio towers. He became a favorite of these men and their mothers. One of the mothers sent him a “thank you” note for his kind treatment of her son. After his Army service Bob returned to IBM to work with computers where he was the first to build a transistorized (instead of tube) computer. This was built with transistors personally fabricated by his own hand. During these years he earned many patents related to the design of computers. This work brought him to Poughkeepsie, New York in 1958. Bob had creative talent and enthusiasm for building things. He made deluxe homes for all our pets: a coop for the chicken, a hutch for the rabbits, a kennel for the dogs. Hamsters and a parakeet had hand-made cages, and two crows had a coop. For his daughter he made a doll house with electric lights and for all his children, an outdoor clubhouse. His reputation as someone who could fix almost anything spread far. One day Bruce Springsteen came to Poughkeepsie for a concert and found his guitar amp was not working. The local electronics store sent him to Bob who fixed it on the spot. He had basement full of tools and parts for almost anything, especially electronics. Bob was a life-long HAM radio enthusiast (W2KPZ) and made many friends in that community. It was through this activity that Bob met some very close friends from Germany, the Zöllers. Alice and Bob made a number of trips to Germany and the Zöllers in turn visited us in Poughkeepsie. They now seem very much like family. Several of them were able to come for a visit just this past December. Bob’s ancestry is from Germany and Denmark and in the1980s while visiting the area he and Alice met many other descendants from the same extended family. Bob even went to school and learned to speak German. After 46 years in Poughkeepsie, Bob and Alice moved to Texas in 2004. Bob asked that there be no memorial service and that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the SPCA in Dutchess County New York or an SPCA in the Austin area. Bob and Alice have often made donations to the Dutchess County SPCA at 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538. See Bob is survived by his wife Alice, his three natural children Robert, Richard and Kathryn, two adopted nephews, John and Steve Repsher, eight grandchildren and his brother Carl.

Bob Paulsen, W2KPZ

Bob Paulsen, W2KPZ