W1AKV - November 7, 2010

W1AKV - John W. Soderberg John W. Soderberg
Weston. VT
QCWA # 29864
John Soderberg, W1AKV (right), receives an award in 2004
from Richard Monahan, K4FPP, marking his 50 years of QCWA
membership and for being President of QCWA Chapter 149.
[Photo courtesy of Jim Kyle, KC1SD]

John Soderberg, W1AKV, of Weston, Vermont, passed away on November 7. He was 90. Soderberg, an ARRL member, was one of the inventors of the spherical array and its associated electromechanical compensator that was the primary acoustic (sonar) sensor subsystem on three generations of Navy nuclear attack and fleet ballistic submarines. He was also a key member of the Underwater Sound Laboratory (USL) engineering team that developed sonar and related systems for the submarines. According to friends, he was walking the hills for miles with his German shepherd and working CW just days before his death.