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Mark Nowell WI7YN, SK

Posted by ks6m on 13th February 2014

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to Mark Nowell WI7YN, SK, one of our dear friends and a senior West Coast Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) family member.

For information about suggested donations and the memorial service and remembrance, please see Mark’s memorial Web page on the HRO Web site.

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Grant L. “Don” Carlson, KQ6FM, SK

Posted by af6aq on 24th June 2013

ARRL Life Member and Public Relations Committee Member Don Carlson, KQ6FM, of Sparks, Nevada, died June 21, of complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was an active radio amateur and commercial radio broadcaster, known as “Don Murray” during his days at Nevada and California radio stations, where he usually hosted oldies and jazz shows. He ran a broadcast production business, The Voice Shop, and did commercial voice-over work for radio and television, including for ARRL national radio and TV public service announcements. Carlson served as District Emergency Coordinator for Nevada’s Northwest District, as well as Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, Section Emergency Coordinator, Public Information Coordinator and Assistant Section Manager. In California he had served as Santa Clara Valley SEC and as an Assistant Section Manager, and as District Emergency Coordinator for Monterey County. His voice occasionally was heard on Amateur Radio Newsline, the weekly ham radio news webcast. In 2010 the ARRL Pacific Division recognized his contributions to Amateur Radio by naming him “Ham of the Year” at Pacificon. Carlson also served on the board of directors for EMCOMMWEST, an annual ARRL specialty convention held in Reno. A celebration of life for Don Carlson will be held June 29, 10 AM, at Sierra Bible Church, 3195 Everett Dr, Reno. A celebration of Life will be held June 29, 10 AM, at Sierra Bible Church, 3195 Everett Dr, Reno, NV 89503. The family requests that cards be mailed to Sierra Bible Church and memorial donations made to a church or other charitable donation “to help someone less fortunate than yourself.”

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SK – Michael Borkon, KF6CRZ

Posted by af6aq on 20th November 2012

I received the following announcement from Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Pacific Division Director and Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team Chief Radio Officer:

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that Michael Borkon, KF6CRZ, long-time member and Adjutant of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team was taken from us on the morning of November 19, 2012.  I have lost a dear friend, and the Team has lost a valued officer and member.

Michael will be laid to rest at the Salem Memorial Park, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma, CA on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, and his family invites each of us to attend.

Following the service, there will be a reception in Michael’s honor, and refreshments will be served.  In remembrance of Michael’s 69th birthday, November 21, a birthday cake will be shared.  The reception will be held in Hillsboro, and directions will be provided at the service.

So that his family may better prepare for the reception, they ask that you please RSVP to me as soon as possible.  You may call me at 510 537-6704 or send me e-mail at”

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Posted by af6aq on 30th June 2012

This message is being sent on the behalf of K6SUE.

Her husband, W6OMF, Chief Laurence Richard Hogue USAF, Ret. passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 due to complications from open heart surgery.

It was his wish to be cremated with no memorial service.

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Posted by af6aq on 19th June 2012


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Donald Gilbert Dickson July 5, 1916 – May 17, 2012 Resident of Benicia Don passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side at the age of 95. Born in Monterey, he grew up in Berkeley, attended University of California in Berkeley, raised his family in El Sobrante and retired to Benicia. A proud WWII Veteran who served in the United States Navy Submarine Service from 1942-1945. A Chief Radio Technician on the USS Skate (SS305) for five war patrols and received the Bronze Star Medal. Don’s telecommunications career spanned 41 years at Western Electric and AT&T with retirement from Pacific Bell. He taught Ham Radio Courses at Contra Costa College in San Pablo (Handle K6TGJ). Member of Benicia Yacht Club, Vallejo Chapter of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Veteran out of the Mare Island Base, Certified Holland Club Shipmate and Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Vallejo Chapters of WWII and USSVI. Survived by daughters, Suzanne (Dick) Fox, Linda (Larry) White and Carol Sheridan; 7 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. Married 64 years to Vivian, who preceded him in death on September 17, 2005. Vivian’s Urn has been interned at Skyview Memorial Lawn. Now they will be buried together at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Friends and family are invited to attend the burial on June 15 at 12:30 p.m. and the Celebration of Life to immediately follow in Vallejo. Contact the family for specific directions. The family thanks Don’s wonderful caregivers, Bernie Villanueva and Daya Carver, for their tireless love and compassion.

Published in Contra Costa Times on June 12, 2012

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