Mike and Key
Amateur Radio Club
In rememberence of our past members whom have gone SK

Jim Etzwiler, KD7BAT, February 19, 2018

In Memory of
Jim Etzwiler, KD7BAT

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A big hole was torn open in the fabric of the Mike & Key ARC. Jim KD7BAT, a member since March 1999, become a Silent Key today, February 19, 2018.

Jim has been very active in the Mike & Key; being Treasurer for a number of years, representing us at WWARA meetings, and our Webmaster for as long as I can remember. He was an active VE and a Pop Brown winner. He was active in outside activities including managing communication call outs for the King County Search and Rescue and providing communications at Seafair events. He was active in regional and national Mineralogy Societies.

He was essential to the operations of the Fleamarket and Field Day too. He, along with wife Rusty, were friends to many club members.

We will miss Jim.

Wayne Moddison, K6DOW, November 15, 2017

In Memory of
Wayne Moddison, K6DOW

Wayne Moddison K6DOW became a Silent Key on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.

Services were held Tuesday (Nov 21) at St Steven the Martyr Catholic Church in Renton.

When he was active, he was highly involved in the local Public Service community.

Wayne was a Life Member of the Mike & Key ARC and was also awarded the Pop Brown in 1991.

Jed Clawson, W7JED, SK, February 14, 2017.

Marilyn Olson, KB7WSH, SK, December 8, 2016.

Tom Taylor, KE7TT, SK, November 12, 2016.

Clinton D. Pozzi, N7HAM, SK, June 25, 2016.

Paul L. Donnor, KD7SSD, June 19, 2016.

In Memory of
Paul L. Donnor, KD7SSD

Paul L. Donnor of SW Seattle, who was a member of your amateur radio club for some years, passed quietly from this life in his own bed at home accompanied by myself, his son. He died on June 19th very early in the morning; Fathers Day. He was 86.

My father enjoyed the club a good deal. It would sadden him if he missed a meeting. Thank you as an organization for what you do, and for what you meant to my father.

Dennis P. Donnor

Alan Hughes, KB7SVU, SK, July 20, 2015.

Jack Burell, N7ZS, SK, October 15, 2014.

Choice Dalton, Jr, KD7JQB, SK, February 2, 2014.

Robert Schweitzer, WB7QNB, SK, December 28, 2013.

Terry D. Dettman, WX7S, SK, October 19, 2013.

Harry Lewis, SK, W7JWJ, October 19, 2013.

Jack Grimmett, N7IHS, SK, August 30, 2013.

Mary Lewis, W7QGP, SK, March 12, 2013.

In Memory of
Mary Lewis, W7QGP

Mary, W7QGP, became a silent key March 12, 2013.

Mary’s love of life and Ham Radio lead her to serve the Ham Radio community over the years as an:

  • ARRL assistant Section Manager, and as a ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator for Western Washington.
  • Past ARRL Director Northwestern Division, Section Communications Manager for Washington and Section Manager for Western Washington.
  • Mary was also a Life member of the American Radio Relay League and the Quarter Century Wireless Association. She was also a member of Quarter Century Wireless Woman and Young Ladies Radio League.
  • Retired from Broadcasting and a member of "e;The Society of Broadcast Engineers"e;.
  • Mary was a member of the Western Washington DX Club, North Seattle Amateur Club, Mike & Key Amateur Radio Club and the Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club.
  • Mary and her husband Harry were part of the Original Founding Members that helped create the Western Washington Amateur Radio Traffic System. A traffic handling system still in use today by many Amateur Radio Operators.
  • Mary is survived by her husband Harry W7JWJ, her daughter Diana K7ETY, and her son Gary WA7BBJ. As well as, 4 Grandchildren, and 3 Great Grandchildren.
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Mike LaFerla, K7JML, SK, January 29, 2013.

Paul Gilmore, N7DIP, SK, December 14, 2012.

Jan VanAllen, K7YH, SK, September 28, 2012.

Ilona Kellison-Bullard, KD7MVA, SK, September 25, 2012.

Peter V. "Petey" Kozlowski, N7UIF, SK, September 3, 2012.

In Memory of
Peter V. "Petey" Kozlowski, N7UIF

Peter V. "Petey" Kozlowski, of Maple Valley, Wash. passed away on September 3, 2012 at the age of 73.  He was born March 5, 1939, in the Troy, N.Y. area to the late Peter C. Kozlowski and Louise (Boyko) Kozlowski.  Growing up in New York he always was ready to lend a helping hand to his grandparents and "Uncle Mike" on their dairy farm.  Peter served his country by joining the Air Force and served in Vietnam.  He married Tina Gurno and moved to Washington and eventually retired from Boeing.  He was a kind and gentle person, never lost his sense of humor, and enriched many lives.  Interment is at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Wash.

Lloyd Haverman, WA7HNY, SK, August 22, 2012.

James W. Telgenoff, KC7EVY, SK, May 25, 2012.

Eugene Underwood, W7AKA, SK, December 8, 2011.

Timothy S Farnan, KC7LEM, SK, April 4, 2011.

Tressie Hughes, KC7BAL, SK, December 4, 2010.

Arnorld F. Larson W7JWP, SK, September 15, 2010.

Frank Vyborny KF7TX, SK, September 9, 2010.

Paul G. Bullard KD7MBV, SK, December 11, 2009.

Bob Donnell KD7NM, SK, October 31, 2009.

Lew Navarre, W7QMP, August 30, 2009.

In Memory of
Lewis A Navarre W7QMP .

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Lewis A Navaree was born February 1, 1934 and died on August 30, 2009.  He obtained his first amateur license in 1952. Lew served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1957 as a Marine Electronics Technician.  Lew was a life member of ARRL and a 17 year member of the Mike & Key ARC.  He was active at flea market and was a VE for several years.  Lew was active in the Columbia Basin net and enjoyed hf contacts but especially liked SSTV and the new digital modes.  He was also very expert with firearms and ballistics, from black powder to the most modern calibers.  He was a student of many subjects and read on many subjects.  He enjoyed music and learned to play the banjo.  We will miss Lew at our thrice weekly coffee get togethers at Galliano's Cucina.

Lew worked for several years for Radar Electric starting in 1957.  He was active in installation and maintenance of ship electronics and radars in the Seattle area.  Lew was a volunteer fireman for the city of Kent for almost 30 years.

Lew and Claire, KD7FMP, were married on February 15, 1958.  Lew is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 51 years, Claire, his sister, Judy Brzozowski, and his six children, Bob (Debbie) Navarre, Pete (Dena) Navarre, Patty (Steve) Dartt, Barbara Schweitzer, Karen (Ken) McCulloch and David Navarre.  He had eleven grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Lew was very proud of his Indian heritage and spoke of it often at coffee.  Wab kno (his native name) was a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, The Keepers of the Fire, of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

A graveside service was held September 11, 2009, at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Leland "BUZZ" Thomson, W7PZO, August 29, 2009.

Jim Carpenter, K7PHZ, July 11, 2009.

Bruce Hulse, W7GML, January 14, 2009.

Victor ZumBrunnen, WB7TBR, June 18, 2008.

In Memory of
Victor ZumBrunnen, WB7TBR

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My first meeting with Vic was when I started attending the retired hams coffee klatch three mornings a week at Galliano’s Cacina in Seatac. Other regular club attendees were Nils Hallstrom, W7RUJ (SK), Jo Hallstrom, KB7UFM (SK), Frank Krieger, KA7QHG (SK), Carl Butler, W7PRW (SK), Dick Vance, K7NEX, Jeannie Svennungsen, N7JJJ, Bill Harris, W7KXB, and numerous other hams.

As I got to know Vic I was impressed by his varied background, other hobbies, his wit and humor, and overall pleasant nature. His love of his family was paramount in his mind.  He was true to his friends and the greater community.  In the truest definition of the word, Vic was a true gentleman.

Victor S. ZumBrunnen was born April 9, 1920 in Newcastle, Wyoming.  As a young man he moved to Seattle to begin a 41 year career with The Boeing Company as an aeronautical engineer.  His hobbies included photography, camping, amateur radio, and he was a skilled woodworker.  He also served as a Boy Scout Master in his younger years.

Vic was a twenty three year member of the Mike & Key ARC and received the Pop Brown award in 1988.  He was net control for several years on the Alaska Pacific Net.

Victor moved to Mesa, Arizona during his last years of retirement.  In his true manner Vic became a member of the Mesa Sunlife ARC and served two years as their president.  Vic would come up for the summer with a short stop at his friend Barbara’s guest ranch near Kimberly, OR.  We were anticipating his arrival this summer when he had medical problems at the ranch.

Victor S. ZumBrunnen, WB7TBR , became a silent key June 18, 2008.

Steve Tillett, K7KOT, December 11, 2007.

In Memory of
Steve Tillett, K7KOT

Steve was one of the group of Mike and Key Charter members which reorganized and rejuvinized the club in 1970.  He was very active in the club for many years.  He was awarded the Pop Brown award in 1972 and was club president in 1979.

Steve, K7KOT, became a silent key December 11, 2007.

Ray Leslie, WA7EKH, October 15, 2007.

In Memory of
Ray Leslie, WA7EKH

Ray was a life member of the Mike & Key Club and "Pop" Brown Award recipent in 1980.

We have lost another long time Club member.  Ray Leslie, WA7EKH, went silent key on October 15th.  Ray Leslie was a major part of this Club for a long time through the 1980's and first half part of the 1990's.  Seemingly gruff, (OK, he WAS REALLY gruff) to those who didn't get to know him; Ray really cared about the Club.  Once you did get to know him, the gruffness was just a facade (he reminded me a lot of my Grandfather that way)

My first major dealings with Ray had to do with the Relay.  He was always looking for articles (things haven’t changed much) and I bit.  This was all during the cusp of the PC computer era (the mid 80's) and Ray experimented a lot in computer publishing (a big step up from the paste-up days) and the putting the Club member data into a database.  When Ray gave up the Relay, it became my turn and I got a lot of help and advice (as well as that clunky database program)

Ray was highly involved in the Fleamarket as the Registration Chair after our move to the Pavilion. Again, he introduced computers into the process. Diane, my wife, spent her first days as a fleamarket worker Ray's guidance.  When he stepped down from that, Diane was able to step in.

I remember when the ARRL decided to publish the design of the "Mike & Keyer" but wanted a printed circuit board to be available.  Ray stepped up, and using computer layout software, he produced one and even paid to have some made up which he then tried to sell in kits.  I doubt he ever made his money back but he had fun and learned a lot.

Ray used to stop by our house (with his wife Eleanor) when we lived in downtown Kent for social visits.  The conversation frequently drifted to making the fleamarket the "Dayton of the West" and getting the Club a permanent Home/Clubhouse.  Alas, over the past decade Ray drifted away and we haven't talked in years though Diane and I have wondered frequently how he was doing (especially around Fleamarket time).  I still have visions of him upstairs at his house surrounding by computers and stacks of magazines/papers.

Which reminds me, Ray used to perform paper drives back when paper was worth something.  He would try to get club members to bring newspaper in on Club meeting day and then took it down for recycling.  For a while, there was money in it but even Ray’s big truck couldn’t haul enough to make it worthwhile in the end.

Ray was chairman of the Education Committee and made sure there were classes available to help new hams get their licenses.

One last thing.  Check the signature in your booklet of bylaws.  You’ll find Ray’s signature there in the last revision.  Ray always made sure the bylaws got a regular scrubbing every couple years and usually ran the committee.  Some of us wondered if it was worth all that but you could never doubt Ray’s willingness to jump in and volunteer.

Ray, WA7EKH, became a silent key October 15, 2007.

Ralph Schumacher, WX7T, August 3, 2007.

In Memory of
Ralph Schumacher, WX7T.

Ralph was a member of the Mike & Key Club since 1988.

Ralph had a love affair with Ham Radio.  He was inspired by a brother-in-law in Connecticut some time in the middle 1980's and has been active since.

Ralph was instumental in getting Washington State to adopt a PRB-1 type law about keeping local jurisdictions from adopting antenna restriction ordinaces.

Ralph, you will be missed by all who knew you.

Ralph, WX7T, became a silent key , August 3, 2007.

Frank Carter, Sr. KB7YG, February 6, 2007.

G. Lewis "Lew" Rambo, WA7ELI, November 10, 2006.

Carl Barrish KC7CX, October 2006.

Hal Ingram, N5CG, July 1, 2005.

In Memory of
Hal Ingram, N5CG.

Hal, N5CG, became a silent key July 1, 2005.

For the short time Hal was a member of the Mike & Key Club, he was quite active. 

Hal participated in the Education Committee, actively Elmered others in Morse Code, and participated in Field Day activities.  Outside of club activities,  Hal was active in many forms of ham communications on multiple bands, including DX and satellite.  He was also a strong supporter of the Coast Guard Auxilary.

The club and hamdom have lost a great friend and mentor!

Ronald Verschuyl, K7AAE / NNN0AAE, September 16, 2005.

Frank Krieger, KA7QHG, May 17, 2005.

In Memory of
Frank Krieger, KA7QHG

Frank, KA7QHG, became a silent key May 17, 2005.

He was a long time member of the Mike & Key Club.  Frank was recognized for his service in 1992 with the "Pop" Brown Award and again in 1999 with the Ken Jackson award for his contributions to the club and the ham comuunity.

The club and hamdom have lost a great friend and mentor.!


Tribute by KC7YYB.

Dear Fellow Mike and Keyers,
Today is a sad day indeed, because we have lost another faithful friend and unsung hero of our club.

There were many people in our club that benefitted from this silent servant.

Early in the mornings of our meetings, he'd trek to the local doughnut provider and bring them back for all to enjoy.  He'd even pick out selections for those who expressed a liking for a special kind. Then he'd get that all important companion of early risers - coffee going in the big urn.  He even started to provide Decaf for those of us who had kicked the caffine habit.

He generally always refused help getting things cleaned up and put away, until in just the last couple of years, when he finally admitted to "getting tired" and relinquished the task to others.

For years he was the stalwart fleamarket honcho of the pallet crew.  He and Nils ran a tight ship and received many vendor compliments.  They made a good team of workers making sure there were plenty of pallets, and they even came up with color coding for upper and lower levels.

These guys were friends, neighbors, and fellow club members who did much to further the cause of ham radio.

Frank Krieger will be missed!  He was a quiet and gentle man who did many things unnoticed, such as being a liason with the Salvation Army.

He lost his wife to illness about 8 yrs ago, and it just seemed to take some of the steam out of Frank, although he still tried to keep up some semblance of normal life by going to coffee on Mon, Wed, and Fri at what used to be Sophia's and is now Galliano's.  He was pretty regular with his attendance, but he didn't always stay very long.  He'd often leave quietly, with some not even noticing that he'd left, to say "Good-bye".

We often take for granted our friends and companions and let them walk in and out of our lives without really taking the time to acknowlege them. Let this be a wake up call for all of us to make sure the important people in our lives, KNOW that they ARE important to us, and if they'd leave, we'd MISS them!


Vernon G Nelson, W7ZLW, June 28, 2004.

Nils Hallstrom , W7RUJ, November 15, 2003.

Zita Jo Hallstrom , KB7UFM, September 6, 2003.

Len Westbo, W7MCU, May 26, 2003.

Michael La Ferla, KC7UZX, October, 2002.

Terry "TJ" Dettman, Jr., N7NDE, August 7th, 2002.

Herschal Whitting, WS7K, April 13th, 2002.

Dale Brown, KC7ICB, August 30, 2001.

Lee Bertrand, KG7OW, June 29, 2001.

In Memory of
Lee Bertrand, KG7OW

Lee Bertrand, KG7OW, was a member of the Mike and Key Club. Lee used to be a very active member and was a regular participant out at Registration during the Flea Market. Lately, he had spent the last several years pursuing his musical interests with a group of Cajun Fiddlers.

Lee, KG7OW, became a silent key June 29, 2001.

Larry Logan, N7USB, February 6, 2001.

In Memory of
Larry Logan, N7USB.

Larry was a member of the Mike & Key Club.

Larry was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and Future Farmers of America before graduating from Kent-Meridian High School in 1963. Upon graduation, Larry served in the US Air Force. Following his stint in the Air Force, Larry became a member of the US Postal Service in the Seattle area and served for 27 years before retiring last year.

Larry first got his license in 1991 and was a technician. He worked for public service events. He setup and ran several amateur radio contests for the club. Although his schedule prevented him from participating at the level he desired, he still managed to procure one of the coveted Mike & Key Station Plaques which was proudly displayed along with the rest of his awards. He gave of his time so other club members could enjoy thier hobby with others.

Larry was also president of the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) for a few years.

If you needed help Larry was willing the lend a hand. He was one to give his all to anything he did.

Larry, you will be missed by all who knew you.

Larry, N7USB, became a silent key , February 6, 2001.

Millard L. "Gib" Gibson, W7JIE, December 1, 2000.

In Memory of
Millard L. "Gib" Gibson, W7JIE

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"Gib" was a life member of the Mike & Key Club and a club president in 1978.

Gib has been a stabalizing force in Amateur Radio in the Pacific NW for many years. Gib was a Life Member of the Mike and Key ARC, and the ARRL, and a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association. He was extremely active in NW Public Service events.

In 1980, Gib was named Director of the IARU Region 2 Intruder Watch program. He served as ARRL Northwestern Division Vice Director in 1983 and 1984.

On the air, Gib had been an active CW QRP operator, and served as an Official Observer of Amateur Radio Frequencies.

He was an exemplary 'Elmer' to many NW hams now active and on the air.

The, now annual, Public Service Ham Radio Pamphlet was originally designed by Gib, W7JIE, and Wayne, W6DOW, in the 1980's. The 2001 Public Service Ham Radio Pamphlet was dedicated to "Gib".

Gib, you will be missed by a great number of people who regarded you as friend, mentor and Elmer!

Gib, W7JIE, became a silent key December 1, 2000.

Ward Weiland, W7GEY, January 15, 2000.

In Memory of
Ward Weiland, W7GEY

Ward Weiland was an Elmer to many, and a good friend to all.  He helped many people get their licenses, tutoring both with the code and the basics.  I know that, for myself, he spent much time carefully explaining how things worked: electronically, atmospherically, and theoretically.  He never pushed the test answers on me, instead choosing to help me really understand everything that was fantastic about ham radio.

He became my best friend, who encouraged me to join Mike and Key and attend ham radio meetings and events all over the area.  You'd usually find me sandwiched between him and Mel "Gib" Gibson, W7JIE.  Ward accompanied me to all the Mike and Key meetings, dinners, and events, and we worked together every year at the flea market.  Please don't forget this wonderful man!  In his quiet way, he was the best advocate of ham radio in general, and Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club in particular.

Claire Talltree, KB7GEW

Ward Weiland, became a silent key January 15, 2000.

Carl Edward Butler, W7PRW, June 2, 1999.

In Memory of
Carl Edward Butler, W7PRW.

Carl received his amateur radio license in 1951 and has been an active supporter of the hobby ever since. He was a member of several local and national radio clubs including The Quarter Century Wireless group, Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), Mike and Key Club, Columbia Basin Net, Northwest Amateur Radio Club, Washington HAM SAM's and Superstition Radio Club (Mesa, AZ). Carl was formally honored as a life member of the Mike & Key Club and a recipient of the Pop Brown Award in 1999.

Carl is remembered for quiet way he mentored and showed the way. He traveled well equipped and seemed to always have the necessary repair parts at field day or other events. Carl played an important part in the success of the Mike and Key Club and the Annual Flea Market, both organizing and supplying hard labor.

Carl was one of the finest examples of a quality human being this club has ever experienced. At the Annual Awards Banquet we, the club, got to tell a man that was always been there for this club "Thank you, Carl, for doing a great job".

Carl quietly was an example, supportive and caring, offering his wisdom and guidance to so many during his membership with this club. We can think of no one person who was more deserving than Carl to receive the Pop Brown Award, and although feeling it was long overdue in coming, we were glad to be able to see Carl receive it. You will always be our "Radar", always there with the right wrench at the right time, before we even know we needed it. You showed us the proper way to Mentor, "Don't lecture the student with words, but be an example with your actions."

You are proof that one doesn't have to be the loudest instrument in the band to be heard, and that there is great honor in being a Triangle in the parade of life. The triangle is the only instrument that never has to be re-tuned once it is created. It has been used as a symbol of balance by civilized man since time began.

You will be missed by a great number of people!

Carl, W7PRW, became a silent key June 2, 1999.

Ken Jackson, K7PZX, February 6, 1998

In Memory of
Ken Jackson, K7PZX

Ken was a life member of the Mike & Key Club and a recipient of the Pop Brown Award in 1971.

The "Ken Jackson Award" was created in his honor to recognize club members who continue to help other members become better amateur radio participants through thier "Elmer-ing" activities.

Ken, you will be missed by a great number of people who regarded you as friend, mentor and Elmer!

Ken, K7PZX, became a silent key February 6, 1998.


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