Richard T. Knadle, Jr, K2RIW Reported SK

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  1. K2HAT

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    In Memoriam – K2RIW – Richard “Dick” Knadle


    It is with great sadness for LIMARC and the amateur radio community to report to you the passing of Dick Knadle, K2RIW. For 38 years we have been blessed by the presence of someone who wanted nothing more than to teach others about all there was to know about electronics, ham radio, and just about anything else an inquiring mind would want to know. Dick was brilliant and all of us were covered by the light of learning that he cast upon us.

    There are no funeral arrangements at this time and in the present circumstances, much is uncertain. We will keep you informed. At some point, we believe there will be a memorial service for him when we can all be together.

    Our deepest condolences to the family.
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  2. K8JA

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    Not To mention His Brilliant Electronic Background , Dick Was A Exceptional Antenna Designer, Especially on Vhf and Uhf Yagis. Certainly Will be Missed .. R.I.P. Dick Knadle K2RIW SK

    Jack K8JA
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  3. K3XR

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    A very gifted individual and well-respected name in VHF/UHF circles. Sorry to hear of his passing.
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  4. DJ0AJ

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    HI RICH - K2RIW .sucses fully --respect-- vy73 DJOAJ ekrem
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  5. KC2SIZ

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    This is a huge, huge loss to amateur radio. I didn't know K2RIW, but I frequently listened to him on the Sunday night tech net on the W2VL repeater. He always had interesting things to say and I learned plenty.

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  6. WB2WIK

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    I first met Dick at AIL, where he was employed as an engineer, and have known him for at least 40 years. He was on the AIL-707 spectrum analyzer project and became a customer of mine.

    His "K2RIW" 19 element 70cm yagi design was about the best, and I had four of them in an H-frame back in the early to mid 80s. Wow, they worked better than anything on the market at the time.

    He had to fight his community (Dix Hills, NY) for years over his tower. I showed up at one of the Zoning Board hearings because I was in the area anyway, and only lived about 30 miles from there at the time. Several hams did, and we were his cheering section.

    He won.

    RIP, Dick.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2020
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  7. K2EDM

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    Known Dick since 1965 [AIL] thru the 2 mter amp tripler design/dish to monitor moon landings,etc ......with him and k2OVS on Equnix {VT]..the tower fight he had with his town ,beyond belief ....yeh,Dick ran the 707 project.....RIP... Ed k2lck
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  8. K1LKP

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    A Well-Known VHF/UHF/Microwave Enthusiast and Mentor Dick Knadle, K2RIW, SK

    Dick Knadle, K2RIW, of Dix Hills, New York, has died. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80. Knadle was revered as a technical resource and mentor for the VHF/UHF/microwave community and was the 2010 ARRL Technical Achievement Award winner. His antenna and amplifier designs were widely copied. Knadle was a member of the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) for nearly 40 years. He held a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering for RF communications from Pratt Institute and was Senior Staff Engineer at Airborne Instrument Labs from 1964 to 2000. For many years, he served as the net control station for the Tech Net on the LIMARC repeaters.

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  9. KC2RGW

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    Man I really learned so much from him on the tech net. He is the reason I started to play with balanced feeder and how I learned a ton of other things about how antennas and transmission line work. A ham legend.
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  10. WB2WIK

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    I knew Jay K2OVS also.

    Were you also with AIL back in the day? I met Dick there several times but forget who else was involved.

    When were you operating from Equinox? One of my favorite haunts in the late 60s through about 1980 or so, operated there several times (usually multiop with others) and knew the Mutzes really well. Peter and Maureen took good care of us at the Skyline Inn.
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