Herbert Schoenbohm, KV4FZ: Silent Key

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  1. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am relaying this info. See announcement below.
    Subject: Topband: Herbert Schoenbohm, KV4FZ: Silent Key
    From: dan@np2j.com

    It is with great regret that I have been informed that Herb Schoenbohm KV4FZ has passed away this morning at his home.Herb was 84 years of age.

    Herb has been a fixture on Topband since the very beginning, having 160 DXCC #2 (I believe) and has been active in all 160 Meter contests over the years setting many records.

    I personally have been amazed at his stamina in contests, even recently, he would stay up all night CQing long after this 62 year old called it quits...I hope I live as long as Herbie, and be able to put half the rare ones in the log as he did routinely
    73 Herb

    Best wishes to Herbs wife of over 50 years Monica and Sons Tom, Timmy and Eric


    This is especially sad for me, being acquainted with Herb when he was still WØVXO, and I was a Novice, in MN,

    As well as ham radio, Herb and I also had in common love and support of Brazilian bossa nova music. His operations in DXing and contesting are legendary. Finding a Virgin Islands multiplier on Top Band may be a lot more difficult.

    RIP, John, WØPV
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  2. DJ0AJ

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    HI HERBER KV4FZ --vy73 DJOAJ ekrem
  3. KB2FCV

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    I’ve worked him a few times on 160 as I’m sure many have. He was always on and had a huge signal. RIP
  4. K2HAT

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    Herbert L. Schoenbohm, KV4FZ SK

    Activist, Communicator Herb Schoenbohm Dies at 84
    Don Buchanan -May 3, 2020
    Herb Schoenbohm who, since his arrival on St. Croix in 1968, was a Republican activist, weather prognosticator, both a radio personality and radio installer and so much more died Wednesday, April 29, in his bed at home with his wife Monika on the east end of St. Croix. He was 84.

    “He went peacefully,” his eldest son, Chris, told the Source.

    His presence on the island was felt across a broad spectrum of fields for the next 50 years. He was active in radio – ham radio and public stations like Radio One and Paradise Radio; politics – he was accused of making the local Republican Party his own party; communications – he worked for many years with the police department installing radios in its vehicles; and weather prediction – he had a degree from the University of Minnesota with a major in geography with an emphasis on political geography and climatology.

    He was “an amazing father,” Chris said Saturday.
    Schoenbohm’s other surviving sons are Eric, Tim, Kevin and Thomas.

    Monika, Schoenbohm’s wife of 52 years, told the Source that when he was young Schoenbohm dreamed of playing football. But when he was 15, he was on a roof in Rock Islands, Illinois installing an antenna when he lost his footing and fell two stories, breaking broke both legs and an arm and ending up in a coma. A doctor told the family he probably would not make it. An intern from Brazil was not ready to give up. He put a ball in Schoenbohm’s hand and encouraged him to squeeze it. Schoenbohm recovered, and though his dream of playing football was gone he took from the intern an interest in all things Brazil. His interest in Brazilian music became almost an obsession. He became part of band playing Brazilian, Cuban and Latin music.

    When he settled on St. Croix, he played a regular gig on the piano at the Buccaneer Hotel for several years. He also played other clubs.

    The experience might have affected another choice Schoenbohm made. His father was one of the founders of Camp Courage – a camp to help handicap children. Schoenbohm spent the summers in his late teens teaching a program he initiated – Handi Ham. He taught clients that no matter their disability they could become ham radio operators.

    His skills as a ham radio operator also helped when he was a sometime weatherman. Monika said he would often contact hams on other islands to see what their weather was. This was extremely helpful in the days before satellites and the internet in predicting hurricanes. The 13th Legislature honored him in 1980 for the service he helped provide during hurricanes Frederick and David. In 1990 he received the Governor’s Medal and was declared a “Hero of Hurricane Hugo” for maintaining communications circuits.

    Monika said he was also busy during Hugo rescuing people in his police car, which had a flat tire.

    Schoenbohm worked for the V.I. Police Department from 1978 to 1992 as a communication specialist. He worked from 1996 to 2012 as fleet manager for Property and Procurement.

    In recent years Schoenbohm was often in the news for his involvement with the local Republican Party. He was chosen often to represent the Virgin Islands at the Republican National Convention. He also served four terms as the State Chairman of the V.I. Republican Party.

    In 2016 two groups were fighting for control of the local party. John Canegata, leading one faction, called the other faction the Herb Schoenbohm party.

    Schoenbohm held strong views. This writer debated him several times about global climate change. He denied man was causing the climate to change. But though neither ever convinced the other, the debates never descended into name calling.

    Former Sen. Clarence Payne also had many debates with Schoenbohm.

    “I found him to be respectable in debates, which as an opponent I appreciated in this climate of vitriol and confrontation,” Payne said. “Herb stood his ground but allowed one to freely share a differing viewpoint.”

    Roger Morgan, who ran Paradise Radio station and had a popular morning show in the early part of this century, said when he heard the news of Schoenbohm’s death, “Herb was my official engineer for my Paradise Radio station, WVVI on St. Croix. But, more than that, he was a friend and a genuine wizard at dealing with broadcast engineering solutions in an environment where sheer ingenuity often replaced more traditional solutions to emergencies that occur with frustrating regularity. I’ll miss my friend and Republican leader.”

    In the early ‘90s, Schoenbohm worked for several years as a staff aid for Delegate to Congress Victor Frazer in the U.S. House of Representatives 104th Congress. He also worked several years as an engineer for Ackley Communications.

    His sons, each in their own way, have followed in their father’s footsteps by going into careers involving communication technology. However, the greatest lesson Chris said he learned from his father was, “Always help people when you can.”


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  5. W0PV

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    Thanks Lee for finding and posting this proper obituary for Herb.

    I have been quietly seething ever since the ARRL posted their version, in which they felt it was neccessary to reguritate the highly controversial legal woes that Herb faced, tainting his apparent reputation. Totally biased and in poor taste, IMO.

    If comments were enabled on their web site I would have posted this alternative POV of that story.

    I try hard to support the ARRL as their position could be used for the betterment of Amateur Radio but its difficult to give respect after taking that kind of action against one of our own who has done so much.

    73, John, WØPV
    Last edited: May 4, 2020
  6. N4GKS

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    Herbie Baby #1.

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