Friday, March 1, 2024

Bob Heil, K9EID, SK

 I just heard that Bob Heil passed away a few days ago after a years long battle with cancer. Bob was responsible for bringing high-quality microphones to Amateur Radio, along with many audio accessories. He was a world-class organist on the huge pipe organs that were popular during the silent film era. He was also the audio engineer for Dolly Parton, developed the Wall-of-Sound that the Grateful Dead used for their tours, and invented the "Talk Box" that Peter Frampton put to such good use.

RIP, Bob. You will be missed.

10 comments:

  1. He was responsible for a lot of high quality electronic products. I never had any issues with any of his devices. It is a shame to lose him. He set a high bar that most electronics designers and manufacturers fall short of reaching.

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    1. The only products Heil sold that I didn't care for were the headset/boom mic sets. Some of the early ones were notoriously flimsy.

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  2. When people say: "We were able to accomplish this amazing thing because we stood on the shoulders of giants" men like Bob Heil are whom they are talking about. QSX Bob, catch you on the other side.

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  3. Loss for planet Earth - and a gain for the Angels in Heaven.

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    1. There's gonna be a killer audio setup on the other side of the Pearly Gates....

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  4. He was a great guy in person, always easy to talk to and he had great stories to tell.

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    1. I only met him a few times at conventions, but one of my friends knew him, and would agree with you 100%.

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