W9AA Silent Keys


Robert V Haas, WA9BXI, Passed Sept 2, 2017

Robert was a Hamfester’s member for many years.

Pat Shalloo, KB9KRT, Passed August 20, 2017


Dorothy Truhlar, N9ALC Passed April 27, 2017

Dorothy was active in publishing the Hamgab for many years.

Jimmy Liston, N9HSH Passed Dec 3, 2016

Jimmy was an active ham since 1966 and only owned ICOM radios. Jimmy was a retired Chicago Police Officer. Jimmy was also had his private pilot’s license.
You can see Jimmy’s awesome shack below on QRZ!
Link to Jimmy’s QRZ page

Bruno Marusarz, K9QKB Passed October 19, 2016

He was a past member of Hamfesters.

John Wegge “Jack” Nienhaus, W9NJB

He was a past member of Hamfesters.

Bob Maloney, W9TOE

Robert Koran, N9JYX, Passed Aug 14, 2016

Past President of Hamfester’s Radio Club.

Kerry Nelson, AA9SB, passed February 22, 2016.

Kerry held a few positions in the Hamfester’s club.
Kerry was the Hamfest coordinator from 2007 to 2014, publicity chair, and also a past president.
He won the “Hamfester of the Year” award for 2005 or 2006.


Ray Ludwig, N9FPQ, 91, passed January 2, 2015.

Ray was Hamfesters’ Secretary in 1989.

He was also a nightly check in the first slot on the nite patrol W9ANL Arrgonne repeater 2 meters, 145.1900.

 Frank Gassmere, K9BWQ, 73, Passed June 16, 2014


 Anthony “Bob” Truhlar Jr, W9LNQ, 93, Passed June 10, 2014

Bob had been a Hamfester for many many years. He also was excellent CW operator and an avid DXer running near the top of the DXCC list.


Mike Serapin, W9MCS, 58, Passed April 5, 2014

Mike was an Amateur Radio operator since the early 70s holding and Amateur Extra class license. He has been a member of Hamfesters Radio Club since the Marquette Park Field House days and Board member for the past 7 years. Mike also held a 1st class commercial license.

Mike worked his way through school as Captain on the Wendella Sight Seeing Boats. After graduating from Moraine Valley Community College, Mike went to work at Andrew Corp. where he became friends with Ed Andrew. Most recently Mike was assistant Lock Master at the O’Brian Lock and Damn working for the Army Corp. of Engineers.

Mike was also very active with the Masons, Past Master of his Lodge, three time Commander of a Knights Templar Commandary, Shriner, Holder of the York Rite Purple Cross, 32 degree Scottish Rite Member, Member of the Royal Order of Scotland, Eastern Star, White Shrine, Grotto and Tall Cedars.

Mike Serapin

Joseph Kratky, KA9KBU, 58, Passed 2013

Joe had been a member of Hamfesters for many years and was a great asset to us at all meetings and field day events as well as past treasurer of Hamfesters.


Roger Borowski, K9RB, 64 Passed Nov 18, 2013

As an Amateur Radio operator (K9RB) for over fifty years, Roger had contacted and made friends with hams in over 325 countries.


Edward Andrew, KB9KV, 77, Passed March 8, 2013

Former Chairman of Andrew Corporation, President and Director Emeritus of The Andrew Family Foundation, Trustee Emeritus of The College of Wooster, Director of the Dingman’s Choice & Delaware Bridge Company and former Director of the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation and TEN-TEC.


Matt Sobczak, K9MS, Passed 2013
matt, k9ms

Hamfesters celebrate with Matt in 2012

DAVID ALM, WG9J, 69, Passed 2011


Eugene T. Ciprian, WB9NAR,  Passed 2009

Walter Zyck, W9MYY 91,  Passed Apr. 23, 2009

Ron Kaiser, K9RCN, 47, Passed 2008

Ralph Zimmer, N9KYM, 2007?

Emil Balzano, N9VKP, 68, Passed 2007

Walt Gesell, WD9DYR/N9WG 80, Passed Dec, 6, 2005


Bob Pazanin, WD9FEN, 80, Passed Jan 4, 2005


Thomas Smith, WE9F, 65, Passed Dec 29, 2005
WE9F sk


Robert E. Hotz, W9CA, Passed Nov, 7, 2001

Bob was a former past president serving in the past ’70s and WWII vet.

Phil Brankin, K9UAA/K9PB, 68, Passed Jul, 13, 2000

Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose in 1995-96.  The Supreme Governor is the highest elected position within the Fraternity.

K9PB sk

Angelo C. Mascio, AF9N, Passed Nov, 1, 1998

Longtime member from the early days of the club into the 70’s. WWII vet, US Navy.

 William Buchner, K9TCA


Leon Davis, WN9GUC

Christine Mack, K9RFY

David Schmidt, K9FGB


William Twohig Sr, W9MJZ

Thank You to the MetroDX club for providing many of the photos show here.

If you would like to submit some info reguarding a W9AA silent key, please email Gene at w9png@hamfesters.org