In Memoriam


The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club, beginning July 2017, provides this page to honor the memory of club Silent Keys. Additions and corrections to this list can be made by contacting the webmaster at aa6sm@w6ba.net.



In memoriam


Rick Millard

It is with a heavy heart that the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club makes the following announcement: Rick Millard from Joshua Tree passed away from liver cancer Saturday morning 24 July 2022. Rick was a 21 year retired veteran of United States Marine Corps and again retired in 2016 after serving 20 years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Rick was full of life and enjoyed hiking in the desert. He will be missed by many who enjoyed his company. RIP Rick.





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Dave Larus (N6QS)

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio club sadly announces the death of one of our community, Dave Larus (N6QS), on 26 August 2021.




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John Stevens (KI6FKP)

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio club sadly announces the death of one of our community, John Stevens (KI6FKP), on 1 March 2021.

John Stevens SK




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Guy Cartier (K6TUX)

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club sadly notes the passing of Guy Cartier (K6TUX). Guy passed away on 9 July 2020 at his home in Wonder Valley. He was a long time member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club and had retired from owning various businesses in the Long Beach area.



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Wayne Mackenzie (W6QDL)

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club sadly notes the passing of Wayne Mackenzie (W6QDL). Wayne passed away on 27 April 2020 at his home in Yucca Valley. For sixteen years, he battled Parkinson's Disease and for the past three years, dementia. He was a long-term member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club. He was a paid call Fire Captain at Station 36. and then worked full-time at San Bernardino County Fire as a Fire Inspector/Arson Investigator until his retirement. Additionally, he was a substitute teacher for the Morongo Basin Unified School District for seventeen years.

W6QDL




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Andy Frees (NS6V)

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club sadly notes the passing of Andy Frees (NS6V). Andy passed away on 25 April 2020 at his home in Yucca Valley. He served in various club officer positions, including President, Vice-President and Board Member

NS6V




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Jerry Chambers (W6LQR)

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club sadly notes the passing of Jerry Chambers (W6LQR). Jerry passed away on 1 April 2020 at the Desert Regional Medical Center. He was a long time member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club and had retired from the county many years ago, where he was employed as a microwave technician.



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John Campbell (AG6QM)

John Campbell passed away at his home in Twentynine Palms at the age of 74. His family was all with him. John was active in many aspects of ham radio, including Volunteer Examiner and ARES. He could always be found at any public service event where hams were needed. He is greatly missed by all that knew him.

AG6QM




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Harry Tanzer (W6CYK)

Harry Tanzer, a long-term member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club, passed away 4 September 2018 at the age of 93. Harry served his country in the US Army Air Corps and the US Air Force where he was a senior radio operator and gunnery technical sergeant in World War II from 1942 to 1945 and in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952. He was a Met Life salesman and a schoolteacher before his eventual retirement. He was known for his friendly manner and was an "Elmer" (teacher) to many hams. Rest in peace Harry!

AG6QM




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Matti Aro (WA6YKU)

Matti Aro passed away on 12 July 2017 at the age of 70. He was a life member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club. Matti was born in Finland and immigrated to the U.S. at age 14. He served in the Air Force in Viet Nam and was an auto shop teacher at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Matti was an active member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio and was loved by all who knew him.



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