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From: "Brian P. Mileshosky" <n5zgt@swcp.com>

Sent: Sunday, May 25, 2003 10:39 AM
Subject: Jerry Schmitt KK5YY - SK


> Fellow Hams:
>
> Jerry's wife, Barbara KD5CGU, contacted me via email and informed me that
he
> has become a Silent Key.  Jerry KK5YY (ex KC5EGG) passed away on Friday
May
> 23 due to a sudden heart attack.  As many of you know, Jerry was a very
> influential and valuable asset to all of Ham Radio.  He was a known icon
in
> the Amateur satellite and APRS communities, a net control operator for the
> New Mexico Swapnet, an efficient communicator during the Cerro Grande
fires,
> the designer and main promoter of the Arrow Antenna used for satellite
work,
> and a developer to improve the operation of many popular radios, such as
the
> Icom IC-706MkIIG, Yaesu FT-100, Kenwood D7A --- with those companies'
> support after noting what he was capable of making them do. Jerry
organized
> the International Space Station QSO that took place in 2001 at the Museum
on
> Natural History for a bunch of school children, too.  Above all, Jerry was
a
> great friend, and elmer (especially to me since I was 12) and a fun person
> to chat with on the radio and in person.
>
> Jerry was on the verge of retirement from Los Alamos National Laboratories
> and planning to move with Barbara to Alaska, a place he has always loved.
> Barbara said arrangements are pending, so I will pass anything she wishes
to
> me to pass on to you.  Ham Radio has lost a mighty fine person, and he has
> left some mighty big shoes to be filled.  Please pass this sad word on to
> all the Hams you know.
>
> 73, KK5YY.
>
> Brian N5ZGT
>
> Amateur Radio Station N5ZGT - N5ZGT PBBS, 145.01 MHz
> ARRL Life Member, NorCal #1700, QRP-L #580, AK/QRP #125
> Boy Scouts of America - Eagle Scout - ASM, Troop 409
> Vigil Honor Member, O.A. Lodge 66 Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess
>

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