[amsat-bb] Re: [Advisors] SK: Herbert "Pete" Hoover III, W6ZH

Jan King jking at eclipticenterprises.com
Sun Feb 14 03:16:46 PST 2010


Pete Hoover is one of those people who changed the way this young engineer
(at the time) looked at the world.  I will always be gateful for the really
significant assistance he gave to AMSAT and for the "yes we can" attitude he
always displayed whenever I was in his presence.  He will be missed by many
and I am one of them.


On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 4:54 AM, Tom Clark, K3IO <tom.k3io at gmail.com> wrote:

> It is with much sadness that AMSAT notes the passing on Feb.4 of Herbert
> "Pete" Hoover III, W6ZH at his home in San Marino, CA. Pete was the
> grandson of former President Herbert Hoover. Pete's W6ZH call was
> inherited from his father who served as ARRL President; Pete's original
> call was W6APW. He was AMSAT Life Member #65.
> In the 1970's, Pete and Bill Eitel (W6UF) saw that AMSAT and amateur
> satellites were a significant wave of amateur radio's future. In
> addition to making substantial contributions, they worked with the ARRL
> to form the ARRL Foundation in 1976. Beginning in 1978 Pete served on
> the ARRL Long Range Planning Committee.
> I remember the hospitality Pete and his wife Meridith showed to Jan King
> (W3GET) and me on several occasions when we dropped by his home in San
> Marino to discuss AMSAT's future.
> Pete was always very active in the American Red Cross. When the Pacsat
> concept was being developed, Harold Price (NK6K) and I called on Pete at
> the Hoover Foundation offices to discuss the concept of a
> store-and-forward messaging satellite to provide medical communications
> to a remote area. At Pete's instigation, we began working with VITA
> (Volunteers in Technical Assistance) and our Pacsat concept bore fruit
> when UoSAT-3 was re-badged as Healthsat-1 (see
> http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/healthsat-2.htm).
> I last saw Pete at Dayton two years ago. I was in the chow line when I
> heard a "Hey Tom" from a nearby table. Pete was spending most of his
> time at his retirement home on Maui and he looked very fit and had an
> incredible tan! While I was munching on a hamburger we has a great
> face-to-face QSO. He told me that he was still on the air, now using an
> Elecraft radio.
> I'll miss Pete's enthusiasm and friendship. I could always count on his
> thoughtful advice.
> 73 de Tom, K3IO (ex W3IWI
> Additional details on Pete can be found on the ARRL web site at
> http://www.arrl.org/?artid=9426 and in this week's ARRL newsletter
> (http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2010-02-11).
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