On Sunday 14 January 2018 our webmaster, George Sieverson-K9GDT at the age of 69 years, suddenly became a silent key. George was living in Barrington, Illinois with his loving wife Alice. He grew up in Evanston, IL where his father was a ham radio operator. he was employed by Snap-On Tools and then Honeywell where he was an Electrical Engineer. George was dealing with health issues and had been hospitalized for heart issues since his stroke.

 

He had a stroke 10 years ago and since then had various heart and other medical problems. George was fond of ham radio and was licensed since 1961. He was very skilled and hand crafted many beautiful ham radios and related equipment. George also liked fishing, playing guitar and another specialty of his was photography. His attention to detail was exquisite and can be seen as you look throughout this website.

(from Harry-N9CQX)


Here are some comments from a few of the MCRN members:

 

I knew "of" George from reading about his excellent homebrew equipment on the internet before I met him in person, and I can't remember whether that was at a hamfest or through work.   George and I both worked for the automation and control solutions business of Honeywell, although in different business units.   Our paths crossed however when some of the products he was involved with started being manufactured in one of our factories here in Freeport.   George was a metrologist, which has 
nothing to do with weather but everything to do with the calibration of equipment to make sure it is accurate - very important to customers.    It was always great to run into George in the hallway when he was out 
here working on the equipment and to grab lunch or coffee and talk ham radio.   At least one time I brought him out for the "grand tour" of radios and beer, and I think we talked till we were hoarse.    I shared 
my admiration for his homebrewing skills and he always said it couldn't be that hard if he could do it, which is far from the truth as he was among the very best.    I'm pleased to see that some of the ham radio 
history we talked about - such as his early visits to Allied Radio - are immortalized on the MCRN website.   George and I both were both fortunate in having supportive fathers who became hams as well, and in 
building our early projects almost completely from parts scrounged from old radio and TV sets.
After admiring George's efforts with his other passions - photography, internet privacy and Linux computing, and more recently with the MCRN website, I realized he was one of those people who was never satisfied 
with anything less than his very best effort.    His homebrew radios looked every bit as good as commercial gear and not only was the design and performance top-notch, but George took the time to create 
professional quality manuals that are better than most commercial ones.    And they were made...."By George!"
George had a great sense of humor and I know he'd prefer that we lift a beer and heat up a soldering iron in his memory.   I'm sad to know George won't be exciting the earthly ether anymore, but it there are 
radio parts, cameras, or Linux boxes in the afterlife he will never be bored, even if it takes eternity to get through his project list.
"73 'n cheers 'n beers"  indeed my friend.

(from Bob-W9RAN)


I'm really sorry to hear about George.  He was sure doing a great job with the web site. (John-K9KEU)


Very sad news.  While I did not know George personally, I have thought what a great job he was doing on the website every time I opened it up.  The amount of time and effort he put into it was amazing.  He will be missed............... 

(from Ron-WB9IMR)


OH my....
thanks for sharing Harry....I will miss George...he was a good fellow....

(from Steve-W8TOW)


Always sad when one of ours passes.  Even worse when it’s someone with a Key position like George.

(from Karl-N9PXE)

Hi Harry, Thanks for sending. I am leaving very early am on Friday, otherwise I would definitely stop by Davenport. Its sad, I really liked George. He was such a nice guy.                                                            (from Dave-W9AD)

OH MY GOSH, WHAT A SHOCK. ONE COULD NOT FIND A NICER PERSON. GEORGE AND I TRADED A FEW RADIO YEARS AGO AND I WAS ALWAYS VERY FOND OF HIS HOMEBREW "WHEAT BOX" 75 METER TRANSMITTER AND SEPARATE AMP. HARRY, THANKS FOR THE INFO. (from Tom-W9QI)

Very sorry to hear this news, Harry.  He did a wonderful job with the web page.  Our sympathy to the family.

(from Jack-W9GT)


Very sad, George was a really nice guy and very talented.

(from Dave W9WRL)


Hey Harry, Really sorry to hear about George please give my condolences to his family.

(from Jerry-KB9SFH)






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