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K2ZRO Remembered

Many of you will remember Kaz Deskur, K2ZRO from the OSCAR-6
thru -10 era. The following news item is taken from today's
ARRL Newsletter -- 73, Tom


The staff of Kopernik Observatory and ham radio volunteers will celebrate
the observatory's 25th anniversary June 5 with a special event that also
will honor the memory of one of the observatory's founders, Kaz Deskur,
K2ZRO, who died in 1984. Amateur Radio club station KB2UYF is located at
observatory, and paperwork has been submitted to the FCC to change the
station's call sign to K2ZRO.

Deskur, a satellite pioneer, operated the observatory's Amateur Radio
station under his call sign for many years. In the early days of the OSCAR
program and AMSAT, K2ZRO was a familiar call sign. Deskur designed the
original OSCARLOCATOR, a device used to track satellites before the advent
of personal computers. 

The observances June 5 will include a formal dedication of the observatory
club station, hopefully under its new call sign. Deskur's widow and family
will be honored guests, and the keynote speaker will be Dr Joseph Dervay,
NASA astronaut-physician. 

For many years AMSAT sponsored an engineering award in Kaz Deskur's honor.
native of Poland and an Amateur there during World War II, Deskur fought in
the Polish Underground. After the war, he emigrated to the US, where he
worked for IBM. A son, Andy, is KA1M.

The Kopernik Observatory is establishing a special "Wall of Honor for
Amateur Radio Satellites" to honor Kaz Deskur. All hams that knew or worked
with him are invited to send their QSL cards for display on this wall. Send
cards in an envelope to Kopernik Space & Science Education Center
(KA2CNG-TR), 30 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905.

Hams at Kopernik also will be active June 19, hoping to make many contacts
during Kid's Day (see June QST, page 32, for details), operating through
satellites--especially FO-20 and FO-27.--John Kray, KA2CNG

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