We are sad to report the death of active SVARC member Roger Steyaert K7RXV, Extra Class License. Roger died in a head-on accident with a semitrailer truck near Cortez, Colorado. We don’t have any details or obituary, but a note has been sent to his family on behalf of the club.

Not many people knew Roger, though he contributed his expertise on many occasions, and we wanted to share a bit about his life. From his LinkedIn profile, we learned he was a magnetic engineer. We believe he had at least one (and we think two) PhD degrees but can’t confirm that.

From a May 1988 newsletter from the Orgon Tualatin Valley ARC, we learned that he was, at that time, president of their club and had been active in other roles. Here is an excerpt:

Roger is on the Board of the Amateur Radio Relay Group. He had the first Amateur TV station in the state of Oregon and built the TV camera back in 1963.

Roger was born in Sherwood, graduated from Portland State College, and was, at the time, married with three children. Employed as an Electronics Engineer by Tektronix at that time, Roger at one time had a very exciting job as a Ground Radio Engineer for Alaska Airlines. He designed ground electronic systems and runway lighting for several airports in Alaska. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and flying is still a hobby.

Other hobbies include photography and Black Powder Shooting. He is a member of the Barlow Trail Long Rifle and the B.C. Black Powder Associations.

In recent years, Roger was a professional miller at Burwell Morgan and a “Founding Miller” at Lockes Mill. He was a man of faith, calling occasionally on fellow club members with prayer requests.

Roger did a presentation for our Club on Modeling. You can view or download it here: https://svarc.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Modeling.pdf.

From the Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club Website, we found two presentations made by Roger:

May he rest in peace.