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Brian Kantor, WB6CYT, SK

Discussion in 'Silent Keys / Friends Remembered' started by KA9Q, Nov 25, 2019.

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  1. KA9Q

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    I have very sad news. My good friend, Brian Kantor, WB6CYT, became a silent key this past week.


    He passed away suddenly at his home in San Diego, California. Brian retired only two years ago after 47 years of service on the staff at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Way back in the mid 1980s, Brian and I founded AMPRnet, the TCP/IP over amateur radio network. He continued to manage it until his passing.

    Brian recently created and served as chair and CEO of Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), a charitable foundation funded by the sale of unused AMPRnet IPv4 addresses. ARDC promotes STEM education and amateur radio digital development through scholarships and by funding the development of open source hardware and software.

    Brian will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. Memorial arrangements will be announced when known.

    Phil Karn, KA9Q
  2. KD4MOJ

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    Sorry to hear Phil.

  3. KA9Q

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    Thanks. He really was a good friend. I've known him so long I keep thinking of events and anecdotes I'd forgotten.
  4. K5CKS

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    Brian was a very long time friend. I am so sad to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed.
    Rory Bowers, K5CKS
    (ex K6CKS)
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  5. N7MOT

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    I've known Brian since around 1979. A very smart dude and always willing to help someone get up-to-speed on technology.
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  6. K1LKP

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  7. N4QX

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    Sorry to hear, Phil. Brian's and others' (including your) work to form ARDC is welcome and transformative. A worthy legacy, but gone too soon.

    73 de Brennan N4QX
  8. K2HAT

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    Brian H. Kantor, WB6CYT SK

    Brian Halpenny Kantor January 19, 1953 - November 21, 2019 Clairemont
    Brian Halpenny Kantor, a long-time San Diego resident, died suddenly November 21. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Martin E. Kantor and Ann Halpenny Kantor, Brian became a Californian at the age of two. After residing in Pasadena, California, the family moved to San Diego in 1959. Brian was a graduate of Clairemont High School and received a BA in Computer Graphics from UCSD's Muir College in 1985. He worked for the University of California, San Diego, for 47 years, mostly in the Academic Computing and Network Operations departments, finally retiring from the Computer Science and Engineering department in 2018. He was respected worldwide in the technology community for his achievements including co-creation of NNTP (Network News Transfer Protocol), his co-founding of the AMPRNet packet radio network, for which he served as West Coast operator, and most recently for his founding of the Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ADRC) charitable foundation for which he served as chair and CEO. Brian was an enthusiastic ham from his teenage years, (call sign WB6CYT), and volunteered his considerable radio and antenna construction and repair skills on mountaintops all over San Diego County. He served as a mentor to many, including his many student employees over the years, many of whom credit their success to the opportunities Brian gave them and to his early teaching and encouragement. Brian had a wide circle of friends and was known to them as kind and reliable, always up for a dinner out, and always ready to help in times of need. He threw great parties and had many hobbies, including photography and videography, film and film history, naturism, programming, and fast cars. He loved all things Japanese and adored cats.Predeceased by his mother, Ann H. Kantor, Brian is survived by father, Martin E. Kantor of Pt. Loma; sister and brother-in-law, Maggie and Jeff Porter of Claremont, California; niece Kate P. Dorff of Riverside, California, and three great-nieces. He also leaves behind a group of dear friends and his beloved cats.A celebration of Brian's life will be held in the new year.
    Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2019
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  10. WQ6N

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    This news took me by surprise. Brian was a good mentor and we have enjoyed working with the packet radio infrastructure here in San Diego for a few decades of good exchanges. I still remember the fish water squirt gun he brought to the SCAPS meeting up in Riverside. He did have a serious commitment to making Amateur Radio and contentiously growing family. He is in a better place now but, surely he will be missed.

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