[amsat-bb] Re: W2NSD , silent key, had a full, solid life and then some !
Harvey N. Vordenbaum
tower2 at stx.rr.com
Mon Sep 16 04:49:22 PDT 2013
I remember his dust-up with the U.S. Navy in 1957(?) when he dared criticize
it in an editorial in CQ magazine for not letting his Ham representative
operate a ham station on the ship that was carrying the Ham to Antarctica as
part of the IGY. If I recall correctly, the Publisher of CQ had to
apologize to the Navy.
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of James R. La Frieda
Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 4:25 PM
To: R Oler; amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: W2NSD , silent key, had a full, solid life and then
On 9/15/2013 9:21 AM, R Oler wrote:
> he lived a full and solid life, but his absence will be felt....for
> those who loved satellites during what is probably the golden era of
> hamsats. Wayne was a friend, as he was to so many pioneering
> technologies. Wayne Green. Fair skies. WB5MZO
> Sent from my iPad
> Yes- Wayne-W2NSD- who passed away two days ago, at age 91, did indeed, as
you can observe below, lived a full solid life, and then some:
* started one of the first personal computer software companies
* opened computer software stores - eventually sold a national chain
of 58 stores.
* while in college started a broadcasting station (WRPI) which is now
the largest student activity.
* served on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Overseers
and RPI Council.
* served as the First Executive in Residence at RPI.
* served as a consultant for the RPI Business Incubator - which won
the 1996 prize as the best in the country.
* been a licensed amateur radio operator as W2NSD since 1940.
* pioneered amateur radio repeaters since 1969, starting with WRLAAB
on Mt. Monadnock NH.
* established amater radio in Jordan in 1970 and wrote their rules and
* supplied and installed the first repeater in Jordan, J-Y73, in 1973.
* helped radio amateurs pioneer FM, radio Teletype, single sideband,
and slow scan TV.
* bounced amateur radio signals off the Moon from the big dish at the
Arecibo Observatory, PR.
* been editing and publishing amateur radio magazines for 47 years.
* a state-of-the-art digital recording studio.
* four record labels and produced over 150 CDs.
* helped re-popularize ragtime music and personally knows all of the
top ragtime performers.
* started 25 successful publications in the radio, computer and music
* published over 100 books.
* wrote one of the first books on digital communications.
* been on an African hunting safari.
* visited the ruins of Ba'albek in Lebanon, the Queen of Sheba's water
catchments in Aden.
* visited the Pyramids, the Sphynx. the ruins in Athens, the Taj Mahal
* visited the head-hunter longhouses in Sarawak.
* helped organize and lead trade groups of around 250 people to yearly
electronic shows in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
* given keynote addresses to radio, educational, computer, and music
* helped invent a new kind of loud speaker - borrowed $1,000 on my car
to start a manufacturing company and within two and a half years it
became the largest speaker manufacturer in the country with seven
* performed in The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance in high school
* served as president of radio clubs in high school and college.
* served in Navy 1942-1946 in WWII - electronic technician on USS Drum
SS-228 (which is on display at Mobile, Alabama) for five war patrols.
* been a radio engineer and announcer in North Carolina, Florida and
* been chief cameraman at WPIX-TV (11) in NYC.
* produced and directed network TV shows in Dallas and Cleveland.
* a reputation as a gourmet cook.
* served as president of Porsche Club of America.
* raced my Porsche on the Nurburgring and Solitude race tracks in
* both driven and navigated in many national SCCA car rallies.
* served as a founder and first secretary of American Mensa.
* a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurial Science.
* lectured on entrepreneurialism at Yale, Boston University, Case
Western, Babson College, RPL and many other colleges.
* been on the first commercial airline flight between Philadelphia and
New York in 1927.
* flown with father since 1922.
* served on the FCC's National Industry Advisory Committee (NIAC).
* served on the FCC's Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC).
* testified before a Congressional hearing on the music industry.
* had the usual toys: airplane, Porsche, yacht, Jaguar, Mercedes 600
* worked on a Guggenheim grant on a color organ for the Guggenheim
Museum on 5th Avenue.
* graduated Bliss Electrical SchooL Tacoma Padc MD.
* attended Radio Materiel School on Treasure Island, San Francisco and
graduated as ETM2/c.
* served for five war patrols on SS-228 USS Dnun, made ETMI/c.
* taught electronics at Submarine School, New London CT.
* organized and run successful mail order Elm Stamp Company at age 12.
* sung in St. Pauls Church choir as boy soprano.
* sung in Philharmonic Choir of Brooklyn.
* sung in Erasmus High School Choral Club.
* pioneered the 6-meter ham band as the first New York City station on
* run a 6-meter beacon station for several years in cooperation with
the Radio Amateur Scientific Observations (RASO) program.
* for years had a VHF/UHF station on Mt. Monadnock NH; regularly heard
for over 600 miles.
* been Excutive Secretary of the Music Research Foundation, Madison
* worked for GE as a test engineer on Army radio equipment.
* been an engineer at Airborne Instrument Laboratories in Mineola NY
developing radar equip.
* tried marijuana in 1948 to see what it was like.
* tried LSD in 1960 to see what that was like.
* drunk with shipmates on liberty while in the Navy. Have seldom drunk
* tried smoking as a teenager, thought it was stupid. Ignored peer
* know the real dope on Amelia Earhart's last trip.
* been convinced that NASA had to have faked all of the moon landings.
* driven from Brooklyn NY to Peterborough NH (250 miles), averaging
100 mph one night - including a gas stop.
* interesting friends such as Barry Goldwater, King Hussein, Steve
Jobs, Bill Gates, and Rod McKuen.
* been convinced that with proper nutrition and avoiding poisons we
can dependably live to over 100.
* ridden Starlit Night, the Ringling Brothers top show horse.
* a professorship of horsemanship and taught riding instructors.
* a Hubbard Dianetic Auditor certificate and has processed over 100
patients, with some remarkable successes.
* swum the three mile length of Coney Island many times.
* investigated crop circles and a UFO hovering over a house in nearby
* drove a snowmobile 50 mph in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at
* Other than all that I've been taking it easy and having a great time.
Like myself, he was from Brooklyn, and he came over one evening - at
the invitation of W2EEJ (Herb Greenberg, an engineer at WINS( 1010
KHz) ) and spoke with several of us at The Brooklyn
Radio Club - in 1955, when he was the Editor of CQ Magazine. At
that time, I was a 15 yr old Novice, KN2LKJ.
73's Jim (N6MV)
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