February 27, 2017

From QCWA Headquarters


QCWA Bulletin 2017-003 - Past QCWA Director Lew Gordon, K4VX - Silent Key

It is with sadness we report the passing of QCWA Life Member # 26833, Lew Gordon, K4VX, of Hannibal, MO on February 25, 2017, at the age of 87.

Gordon served on the QCWA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2006.

Licensed in 1947, Gordon was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. After separating from the service, he attended Purdue University, earning a bachelor's degree in physics.

An ARRL Life Member, Gordon served on the ARRL Board's Membership Services Committee, including 2 years as chairman, and on its Administration and Finance Committee. He stepped down from the Board in 2000 at the age of 70.

Gordon's first love was DX contesting, and during his active contest years as W9APY, W4ZCY, and K4VX his station made several hundred thousand QSOs. Over the years he also mentored many young contesters, including three-time WRTC co-champion Jeff Steinman, then KR0Y, now N5TJ. Among the other budding contesters that Steinman enticed into the circle of K4VX operators was Dave Patton, NN1N, now ARRL Field Services Manager.

Patton said Gordon ventured beyond contesting and DXing, equipping a local school with ham gear and teaching classes. "He licensed over 100 kids, and they all had tours of a real radio station," Patton said.

Gordon has been published in QST, CQ, NCJ, and in several editions of The ARRL Antenna Compendium. He said recently that he'd rather be known for the antenna-design software he wrote - YagiMax - and for the various antennas he's designed. YagiMax remains in use worldwide.

Thanks in part to ARRL

Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc.