Silent Keys

The GHRC fondly remembers our Silent Keys and wishes to pay respect and honor them by mentioning them here.  This page is a special place for remembering our friends.  Please contactus with the calls, names and any information you wish to include about a Silent Key.  If you see a Silent Key listed here and wish to share a story or info, please email us.   Thank you!

W7ED – The GHRC’s Club Call

W7ED was Earl Dawes of Bozeman, MT  –  Earl was an old-time ham from the spark days, and started with the call ED.  Next he used 7ED, and finally W7ED.  Earl used to demonstrate his spark transmitter at MT hamfests.  He gave it to the museum.   The GHRC applied for W7ED as their club call after Earl died in 1961.


W7RZY – Harry Roylance, Livingston, MT

W7OSR – Roy Peden

W7OZH -Lawrence  Schumacher

W7NJI – John Duncan

NV7W – Clark S. Robinson – Clark, NV7W, experimented with small loop antennas even for transmitting. He was also active in translating articles on nuclear physics from Russian to English. (Submitted by W7LR)

N7AIK – Leslie C. Belyea

W7FC William J. Sullivan

K7CZQ Bea Clousing

WA7DLW Don Weaver

N7MRA  Dutch Wheaton His XYL, Elizabeth, now has his call

N7IQL Asger Mikkelsen

N0RM  Dick Mack  His call is now with the Natomas Amateur Radio Club

K7JKT (was KB7KVD)   Bill Rohlf, Helena, MT

KA7ISF  Paul Gamble, Belgrade MT

KA7YUK Les Dame, Butte, MT

KF7T   Keith Wheat

W0LXW Jim Peterson

WB7QXJ Charles Bowman

WB7TFL Charles Gaines

WA7CAC Gene Olson

N7OMZ Trish Ramhorst

Darrell Friend KC7BKS

Wally Machut – N9SAS, Random Lake, WI (friend of KT9X & KD7AEO, Wally often traveled through Bozeman and could be heard on the local repeaters with KT9X and KD7AEO.)

WA7MDL Leo Hoffart

N7LDQ “Kilowatt Ron” Zemljak,  Butte, MT

W7JMX Ian Elliot – Ian was a charter member of the Montana Chapter of the QCWA.  He was a private pilot and had a great collection of Collins Radio equipment.  He was a regular on the Montana Traffic Net and the Saturday morning “Hams’N Eggs” at four corners in Bozeman. (Submitted by W7LR, Bob Leo 3/28/2008)

W7YPN Henry “Hank” Bouche – Hank was a contemporary and very good friend of Harry Roylance.  Hank was responsible for my first interest in and education about ham radio. He also taught me other things as well. He was an excellent machinist, boiler welder, and a darn fine auto mechanic. This was in the early 60’s.  (Submitted by KE7WRN, 11/26/2008)

Mal Goosey, N7GS  Mal was a dear friend to many and a GREAT QRP CW operator.  (submitted by KT9X, 12/2/2008)

Don Ward, AC7VY, Bozeman, MT  (submitted by W7LR 4/25/2014)

Dave Ford, KE7CAP, Bozeman, MT –  Dave was a devoted member of the Gallatin Ham Radio Club and contributed much of his time to the Search & Rescue Division of ham radio as well.  Dave was a mentor to many and a friend to us all.  (submitted by KT9X 7/28/2015)

Ric Helvey, KB7KB, Bozeman, MT (submitted by W7LR 4/5/2016)

Klein Gilhousen, NA7NA (prev. WT6G ), Bozeman, MT.  A Qualcomm co-founder, Klein moved his family to Bozeman in 1991. He was very active in the community here. He was presented with an Honorary PhD in Electrical Engineering from MSU in 2001. Klein passed on  April 14, 2016.