The Amateur Radio term "SK" means "Silent Key", and is sent as a "Prosign" at the end of CW (Morse Code) transmissions when the station is going off-the-air.
It's also used to describe a Ham who has passed away.....their key is now silent forever.
Well, I just heard that Wayne Green, W2NSD (Never Say Die), noted publisher of "73" magazine, among many other things, has passed away a few days ago at age 91.
Wayne has a rather short Wikipedia entry, considering all he did, so courtesy of the AMSAT News Service, here's a listing of some of his accomplishments:
* 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
Some of his beliefs were decidedly NON mainstream, and there were times I thought he'd gone completely off his rocker, especially in his later years.
Still, I admired his tenacity, even though I didn't agree with 90% of his writings.
So farewell, Wayne, and may your final journey be enjoyable.
I'm sure he'll be arguing with St. Peter until they let him in.....
From the ARRL Bulletin, as posted on the eHam website, with various comments from the Amateur Radio community.