Press Release

February 21, 2022

Steve Lund, K6UM, SK

An active and strong supporter of the NCDXF/IARU DX Beacon program, Steve Lund, K6UM, of Newberg, Oregon, became a SK on February 4, 2022, after an extended battle with cancer. He served many years as an Appointed Position for the Northern California DX Foundation on the IARU Beacon Technical Support staff.

Among his activities for the Beacon program, include:

• Carefully obtained and curated a wonderful collection of spare radios and other parts for the V1 system, while V2 was in development. This work extended by many years, the life of the V1 beacon installations.
• Provided technical assistance to the beacon operators to diagnose and keep beacons on the air. He often repaired and refurbished radios and controllers, from 2004, till V2 began deployment in 2016.
• Steve had a strong sense of ownership for the beacon program, and worked closely with K6AW, Steve Merchant to keep the program alive.
• Engaged in antenna field testing to provide performance information back to the Beacon operators, to improve the local Beacon performance.

An ex-HP engineer, Steve contributed significantly to keeping the V1 setup functioning, and the design base for the V2 product.

His interests, observations, and contributions will be missed. RIP OM.

Ned Stearns, AA7A
NCDXF Vice President

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