RWK Silent Key Memorial

We’ve lost some great members in the past few years and this is a place for a small tribute and remembrance.

  • Charlie Harris KF5DBN – SK

    February 20, 2024Charlie Harris KF5DBN - SK
    Charlie Harris KF5DBN went SK on 11 February 2024 after a short illness in Dallas. He was 83. Born in Tulsa, OK. Charlie lived all over the country during his training as a cardiologist. He practiced in many places but ended his career in Temple, Texas at the VA. Our vets held a special place in his heart. After VA retirement he moved up around Meadow & Central to be ...
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  • Marshall Levett KI5YIA – SK

    December 31, 2023Marshall Levett KI5YIA - SK
    Marshall Levett KI5YIA passed away unexpectedly on December 22, 2023. He was 75. Marshall lived in Austin. We first met Marshall when the RWK VE Team tested him for Technician, which he passed with an almost perfect score. This was no small feat for Marshall because he was completely blind. He used screen reader technology to assist with “reading” the exam. After getting his license, Marshall’s next step was ...
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  • Fred Zimring W5HTR – SK

    September 19, 2023Fred Zimring W5HTR - SK
    Fred Zimring W5HTR died peacefully September 19, 2023 at home. He was 83. Fred was a long-time member of RWK. Fred was an avid amateur radio operator who held an extra-class license, a pilot, flight instructor, former member of the Civil Air Patrol. As an attorney, Fred used his skills to help RWK write our 501(c)(3) non-profit status application. Fred was also one of the early organizers of ...
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  • Brian McElroy N5HL – SK

    July 1, 2023Brian McElroy N5HL - SK
    We were very sad to learn of the unexpected passing of Brian McElroy, N5HL on June 21, 2023 from a pulmonary embolism, he was only 45. Brian was a long time employee of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in their Information Security department. He was very helpful to RWK in getting access and servicing of the RWK repeaters and equipment on the UTD campus, and his loss ...
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  • Don Bowen K5LHO – SK

    August 13, 2021Don Bowen K5LHO - SK
    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Don Bowen K5LHO on August 13, 2021, after a short illness. Don was one of the earliest members of the RWK, held many leadership positions in the club, including treasurer for many years. Don was voted “Director Emeritus” in 2019 in honor of his long-time RWK service. Don led the Volunteer Examiner team for the ARRL West Gulf division for ...
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  • Dick Sisson W5ONL – SK

    July 18, 2021Dick Sisson W5ONL - SK
    We were sad to lose long-time club member John S. “Dick” Sisson on July 18 2021 from a heart attack. He was 87. Dick was one of the club’s most proficient CW operators and enjoyed operating during the club’s Field Day outings. Dick was first licensed as a ham at age 14 and, upon reaching age 16 and getting his driver’s license, proceeded to build a setup so he ...
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  • Al Barrios KI5CAD – SK

    June 4, 2021Al Barrios KI5CAD - SK
    Al Barrios KI5CAD working on another backyard antenna I’m sorry to report that Al Barrios KI5CAD passed earlier this afternoon after a brief illness. He was 77.  Al was one of the first members of the RWK that I had the privilege to meet. He brought his non-ham talents to the RWK.  Al redesigned the RWK logo to its current design and was instrumental in getting club shirts and other items ...
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  • Hal Wolff N5BT – SK

    June 29, 2020Hal Wolff N5BT - SK
    By John Di Filippo, AF5MN The news of Hal’s passing was a shock to most RWK members. The last time you saw Hal, prior to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, he probably appeared healthy and robust as ever. You might have seen him at Winter Field Day, or at a board meeting or a general meeting. You might have spoken to him about programming his DMR radio, or using his digital hotspot ...
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  • Beau Williamson N5PY – SK

    January 19, 2020Beau Williamson N5PY - SK
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Beau Williamson, N5PY (SK). Beau had been fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer for the past year and went SK on January 19, 2020. Beau was a dedicated and involved member of the North Texas ham community, serving as Director of Mentoring and Education for RWK until very recently. In that capacity he helped many hams learn and ...
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