Silent Keys

The Gallatin Ham Radio Club (GHRC) fondly remembers our Silent Keys and wishes to pay respect and honor to them by mentioning them here.  This page is a special place for remembering our friends.  Please use the Honor a Silent Key webpage to send information about your friend.  If you see a Silent Key listed here and wish to share an additional story or more information please use the Honor a Silent Key webpage.  Please note that our listing of Silent Keys places our most recent Silent Key at the top and If no date of passing was given  then the Silent Key is listed in the order they were presented to the club.

Thank you from  the members of the GHRC.

Special Honors

The Gallatin Ham Radio Club Honors Earl Dawes by taking on his Call Sign of W7ED

Earl Dawes W7ED Bozeman, MT 1961
Earl was an old-time ham from the spark days and started with the call sign of ED.  Next he used 7ED, and finally W7ED.  Earl used to demonstrate his spark transmitter at Montana hamfests.  Earl gave his spark transmitter to the museum.   The Gallatin Ham Radio Club applied for W7ED as their club Call Sign after Earl became a Silent Key in 1961.


Silent Key Call Sign Location Date of Passing
Cobi Leo XYL of W7LR Bozeman, MT April 1, 2018
The XYL of Bob Leo W7LR , Cobi Leo passed away.  Cobi was 100. There is quite a story about her involvement with the Dutch Resistance during the second world war, specifically hiding American air men and helping getting them out of German occupied territory. Submitted by  Neil Ramhorst KL&JGS April 2, 2018
Butch Nottingham KD7ZCN Ennis February 6, 2018
Butch Nottingham, KD7ZCN, formerly of West Yellowstone died on February 6th, 2018 at the rest home in Ennis, where he’d resided for the last few years. Butch was a Navy Veteran, serving 6 years as an Electronic Tech. Butch was the former trustee for the TV translator district in West Yellowstone. He was one of the last, honest-to-goodness TV repairmen, as well as doing small appliance repair and overseeing a business-band radio system in for several local businesses in and around the Hebgen Basin area. Butch faithfully monitored the Sawtel Peak repeater for traffic around West Yellowstone and Island Park, Idaho. I had may QSO’s with him on my runs from Bozeman to Southern Idaho and Salt Lake, during the years I pulled a refer for Country Classic/Darigold.
Submitted by J Benson Feb 18, 2018
Don Regle KI7OJ Bozeman, MT November 12, 2017
Klein Gilhousen NA7NA Bozeman, MT April 14, 2016
Klein’s previous call sign was WT6G.  Klein was 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.
Ric Helvey KB7KB Bozeman, MT
Submitted by W7LR  on April 5, 2016
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  on July 28, 2015
Don Ward AC7VY Bozeman, MT
 Submitted by W7LR on April 25, 2014
Mal Goosey N7GS  
Mal was a dear friend to many and a GREAT QRP CW operator. Ssubmitted by KT9X on December 2, 2008
Ian Elliot W7JMX 
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 Bob Leo W7LR on March 28, 2008.
Henry “Hank” Bouche W7YPN
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 on November 26, 2008
 Wally Machut  N9SAS Random Lake, WI  
Wallay was a friend of KT9X & KD7AEO, Wally often traveled through Bozeman and could be heard on the local repeaters with KT9X and KD7AEO.
Leo Hoffart  WA7MDL   
“Kilowatt Ron” Zemljak  N7LDQ   Butte, MT
Darrell Friend KC7BKS
Trish Ramhorst N7OMZ
Gene Olson WA7CAC
Charles Gaines WB7TFL
Charles Bowman WB7QXJ
Jim Peterson W0LXW
Keith Wheat KF7T   
Les Dame KA7YUK Butte, MT
Paul Gamble KA7ISF   Belgrade MT
Bill Rohlf K7JKT Helena, MT
Bill’s previous call sign was KB7KVD
Dick Mack N0RM  
 Dick’s call sign N0RM   is now with the Natomas Amateur Radio Club
Asger Mikkelsen N7IQL
Dutch Wheaton N7MRA 
 Dutch’s XYL Elizabeth now has his call of N7MRA .
Don Weaver WA7DLW
Bea Clousing K7CZQ
William J. Sullivan W7FC
– Leslie C. Belyea N7AIK
Clark S. Robinson NV7W
Clark 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.
John Duncan W7NJI
Lawrence  Schumacher W7OZH
Roy Peden W7OSR
Harry Roylance  W7RZY Livingston, MT











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