Steve passed away early this morning, losing his battle with cancer. Steve was well known in the Schaumburg, Illinois area, being a member of several ham radio clubs including The Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club (SARC). Steve was a member of the QCWA, OOTC, AWA, and the Morse Telegraph Club. He was a collector of boat-anchor rigs/vintage rigs, old-style clocks, and keyer paddles. Steve was originally licensed in 1955 as KN2PTS of Bronx, NY. The following message was sent to the (ILHAM@qth.net) listserv by George Sieverson, K9GDT, who was a close family friend of Steve's: </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote </td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Steve will be waked this Friday and the funeral will be held on Saturday. If anyone is interested in the particulars, let me know. I will always remember Steve as a good friend and a good ham. His radio interests included vintage equipment and the vintage modes of AM and CW. For those of you who don't already know, Steve was one of a small elite group of highly proficient American Morse (railroad) telegraph operators. Also.....one of the few who knew how to send perfect International Morse on a bug. He was the best CW OP I ever knew in my 41 years of hamming. Steve will be missed. Vy 73, George[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'> A final 73, Steve, de KB9DBC.