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Jerry Sevick, W2FMI - SK

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Jerry Sevick, W2FMI, one of ham radio's great technical contributors, has passed away.

    I received word from his family that Jerry died peacefully this past Sunday at the age of 90. I have known Jerry since 1995 while arranging for continued publication of his classic book, Transmission Line Transformers, after the ARRL decided not to do so. I was honored to be his collaborator on the current edition of that book, and the editor of several magazine articles and other manuscripts.

    Jerry embodied the old-fashioned amateur spirit of innovation by experiment, applying his many years of experience as a Bell Labs researcher to a retirement project analyzing the performance of short vertical antennas. That work led him to the study of transmission line transformers, for which he became well-known in both the ham and professional radio engineering communities. He brought a little-known piece of technology to the forefront, and worried until the end whether enough people understood the principles behind the operation of these devices.

    An excerpt from his obituary:

    "...Jerry was a graduate of Wayne State University and a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He was drafted by both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, but did not play professional football. He served as a pilot in the US Army Air Corps in WWII. He graduated from Harvard University, with a doctorate in Applied Physics.

    Jerry taught at Wayne State University and worked as the local weather forecaster at WXYZ TV in Detroit. He worked for Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ and retired as the Director of Technical Relations. An avid Ham radio operator (W2FMI), Jerry was renowned for his research and publications related to short vertical antennas and transmission line transformers..."

    Rest in Peace, Jerry,

    Gary Breed
  2. K9AUB

    K9AUB Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is devastating news! Everything I know about baluns, I learned from Jerry Sevick. His monumental work - and sharing - about transmission line transformers is destined to be an all-time classic of Ham - and commercial - radio. So sorry to hear of his passing.
  3. WC1X

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    Sad to know Jerry has passed away.

    I worked Jerry once on the 160 meter band (about 10 years ago) and he was a true gentleman to talk with. He was a very accomplished individual in his professional life. Technically he contributed much to amateur radio.

    Marc, WC1X
  4. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is sad to contemplate the passing of another ham radio great. I had the pleasure and honor of corresponding with Jerry early in my ham radio "career." I was pleasantly surprised that he had taken the time to personally answer my youthfully ignorant questions. I considered him one of my "gurus" along with Walt Maxwell, Jack Sobel, and R.L. Shrader.

    I don't know how many of transformers of Jerry's design I've wound over the years. I know I still have dozens in my parts bins! In fact, there's one right on my desk now.

    Amen, Rest in Peace, Jerry

  5. N8DE

    N8DE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sad news

    My only contact with Jerry was on 75m SSB in 1985 when we discussed at length my plans for a vertical antenna.

    I pray we'll meet again in the beyond.
  6. KB2FCV

    KB2FCV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Jerry was a member of our club and was active on our Sunday night net until quite recently. He loved to talk about football, and some of his latest updates on getting his next book published. He was truly a gentleman and a great ham to know. Just a few years ago he came out with us on our road trip to Dayton to talk about his new book. He had a great time! It was a memorable trip. I don't think I need to go into his technical contributions as they are known around the world. Jerry will surely be missed.

    Rest in Peace, Jerry.
  7. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I once had a contact with Jerry Sevick about 1986, at the time I didn't realise that he was one among the few radio amateurs who had a deep knowledge of electronics.

  8. WN6EBN

    WN6EBN Ham Member QRZ Page

    A Gentleman

    In 1971 I was 12 years old and was a short wave listener, not a ham. But I would listen on the ham bands and send reception reports to hams, hoping for a QSL card. One day, I heard W2FMI having a QSO with another station, and I wrote to Jerry and asked for a QSL card.

    I did not send him a SASE. I was just a kid and had no money. I was pretty naive, I guess, to hope that he would go to the personal expense and trouble of sending a QSL to me, a mere SWL who only overheard the contact, and who didn't even bother to pay for postage.

    It was a beautiful QSL card, showing one of his short verticals with its extensive radial system.

    Thanks, Jerry, for being very generous, and for acting in the true spirit of amateur radio.

    73, Tony
  9. NA0AA

    NA0AA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, he lived a full life, that's for sure, and his work will live on for him for a very long time indeed.

    Thanks for all the good advice Jerry! Rest in Peace.
  10. WA8FOZ

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    A learned scientist, a master technician, a fluent writer, a lucid teacher, and a very fine gentleman. He will be missed.
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