Sunday 14 January 2018 our webmaster,George
Sieverson-K9GDTat 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.
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.
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
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.
I'm really sorry to hear about George. He was sure doing a great job with the web
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...............
OH my.... thanks for sharing Harry....I will miss George...he was a
sad when one of ours passes. Even worse when its someone with a Key position
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
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.
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.