Silent Keys

Albert Schmidt W7JWG passed away on June 15, 2023. Bert was one of Beaverton CERT’s original ham radio operators. Bert helped install and maintain and served as the guardian for the W7BVT 444.75 MHz repeater. Bert got ham radio going in Beaverton and helped keep it going. No, BERT isn’t named after Bert, but maybe it should be! Details are at

R. Michael (Bob) Johnson W7RMJ passed away on June 7, 2023. He was born on August 24, 1938. He graduated Roosevelt High School in Portland OR. He obtained his BSEE from Oregon State University as well as a Law degree from Lewis and Clark University. He worked for Tektronix from 1960 to 1988.

Terry White K7TAU passed away on April 17, 2022. Terry passed away after a battle with both Parkenson’s disease and cancer.     Terry worked at Tektronix and TriQuint.  His former calls were KL7IAK and VU2TAU. Terry contributed to several of the articles with Wes Hayward W7ZOI that were published in QST.

Jeff Powell K7TBQ passed away on May 28, 2020. He was born on November 21, 1944.

Blaine Smith W7JHJ passed away April 4, 2021 from Glioblastoma.  He was born in Sioux City Iowa on January 18, 1937.  One of his high school teachers got him interested in amateur radio, a hobby he followed for the rest of his life.  After leaving the Air Force, Blaine joined Tektronix in Beaverton OR.  He worked his way up through design engineering, sales and marketing positions.  After leaving Tek Blaine founded Entre of Oregon.

Chuck Samuel K7NWM passed away June 29, 2020 after a long battle with Pancreatic cancer.  He was born in Portland, Oregon on July 13, 1935.  After college he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1968 as a Doctor of Optometry and Radio operator.  Chuck worked as a Manufacturing Engineer at Tektronix from 1968 to 1971.  In 1971 he opened his own Optometric practice. He served as the Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Board of Optometry from 1977-1983. In 1987 he joined Kaiser Permanente N.W. Division as the Chief of Optometry from which he retired in 1999.

Fred Telewski WA7TZY passed away June 29, 2020 from complications from heart surgery. Fred was born August 5, 1945 in New Jersey.  He earned his bachelor and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering and New Jersey Institute of Technology. He joined Tektronix, in 1971 where he worked in the Spectrum Analyzer group.  Fred worked on the 7L12 (introduced in 1972), but his major product was the 7L13 (introduced in 1974).

Bill DeVey W7MMW passed away in Clark county Washington on June 2, 2020. Bill was born on June 18, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. Bill joined Tektronix in 1963 as a circuit design engineer, later working on environmental testing and safety agency qualification. He left Tek in 1987 to join MultiComp a Tek spin off. Later he worked for Sequent and Credence.

Neil Robin WA7NBF passed away in Port Angeles, Washington on April 16, 2020.  He was born on February 28, 1940 in Stockton, California.  He worked at Tektronix from 1968 to the early 1990s when he joined AT&T Wireless in Washington state.

Stan Griffiths W7NI, cofounder of VintageTek and prolific member of many facets of the Portland-area Ham community passed away on January 29, 2020 at 82 years old.

Dick Ballard W7AND, long time TERAC member and TERAC secretary, became a silent key on March 26, 2019. He was an active contributor to TERAC and will be greatly missed.

Ralph Ulrich, K7UVK, 1925-2019

Pat Griffiths KA7UFG passed away due to complications after a surgical procedure on March 13, 2018. She was a life member of OTVARC and wife of TERAC member Stan Griffiths W7NI.

Bob Jenkins W7BKN died early Friday morning April 13, 2018 following several months battling esophageal cancer. He was 77 years old and a long time TERAC member.

Glenn Pelikan K7GWP passed away early the morning of June 12, 2016 in his sleep. Glenn was a long time member of TERAC and, in his career at Tektronix, managed the development of many special versions of Tektronix products. He capitalized on that role to form the medical monitoring products engineering group at Tek, which later became part of SpaceLabs Medical (now Spacelabs Healthcare).

Gordon Moyle W7NZL has died following the long cancer saga of the last few years. Gordon Moyle was born and educated in Auckland, New Zealand. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electrical) and the first Master of Engineering (Electrical) in 1968 from the University of Auckland.  He worked for NASA in Australia and taught at the University of News South Wales.  In 1977 he moved to Beaverton, Oregon and went to work for Tektronix.  Later he worked for several companies including ATEQ, MTI, Neurocom and Welch Allyn.  He also taught part time at Oregon Institute of Technology for several years.  Gordon passed the tests for General and Extra class licenses in 2012 to become W7NZL.

Richard R. Pooley W7HUY passed away on October 26, 2015 after complications from a severe fall three weeks prior to his death. He was licensed in 1939 and was active on the air as W7HUY until near the end when too many household moves took him off the air.  Dick was a DXer who had worked every workable country in the world.  Dick served as a Navy radio technician from 1942 until 1945 at the four US bases on the Island of Espiritu Santo in the new Hebrides Archipelago that supported the assault on Guadalcanal.  His 1946 degree in Electrical Engineering was from Oregon State graduating in the same class as Deane Kidd.  He built radio station KBKW in Aberdeen Washington, was Chief Engineer at  KPOJ, then joined Tektronix in 1955 as Test Department head before becoming Facilities Electrical Engineering Manager for the rest of his career.  Dick built the EMI cage around the 500-series test department in Bldg 47 to attenuate KATU.  He retired from Tek on the 1986 50/20 golden parachute. He will be remembered in mountaineering circles as a long time member of the Hood River Crag Rats.  Dick visited the Vintage Tek Museum early this year followed by the Friday night Ex-Tek Pizza gathering in Beaverton following where he was able reconnect with several of his Tek and ham friends. Dick is interviewed in his ham shack as one of the founders of Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) in the 2009 documentary “Mountains Don’t Care, But We Do!”
John Payne, AE7CJ, recorded the following Silent Key ceremony for Dick on Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 on 3.940MHz.

Long-time TERAC friends Deane Kidd W7TYR and Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX have passed away; Deane on the morning of September 17th and Chuck the morning of September 24th 2015.
Deane’s life story is at his on-line memorial at
A WikiPedia article about Chuck is at

Long time TERAC member Bob Rullman W1SNR has passed away July 11 2014. A detailed article about Bob is at

Big Foot John by Irene C.
Big Foot John by Irene C.

Phil Crosby, Gary Virgin, John Horn, Blaine Smith & Chuck Barrows. Photo by Victor KongPhil Crosby, Gary Virgin, John Horn, Blaine Smith & Chuck Barrows. Photo by Victor Kong

AC7WS, John Horn’s health had been deteriorating recently and when it was announced that he would be stopping by the Friday night pizza gathering  July 26 before moving north to live with one of his sons we knew it might be our last chance to see him.  John became a silent key on July 30, 2013. He was a big man – a gentle giant, father, husband, air-force veteran, engineer, pilot, sailor, biker, mechanic, dog lover, ham radio operator and more.  John often mentioned that he was sorry that more people at Tektronix knew him for walking over an illegally parked Karmann Ghia than for his design work.  He was particularly proud of the ‘W’ plug-in which was the state of the art for precision measurements in the late 1960s.  At the pizza gathering we gave him a picture of his car walking escapade, cleverly created by Irene Crosby, and a picture of a “W” plug-in.  Good DX John, may the QRN and QRM be low, best 73.  Chuck, K7BVT

Long time TERAC member and director Ken Rosezweig, WA7BGF passed away on November 22, 2011. Here is Ken’s memorial and his obituary We all miss our easygoing and happy friend.