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    William Fanckboner, W9INN, SK:

    "William E. "Bill" Fanckboner, W9INN, of Mt Prospect, Illinois--the proprietor of W9INN Antennas--died July 30. He was 80. W9INN Antennas will die with him. "He did all of the work by himself, so it is effectively out of business," said his daughter, Robin Randall. "He was the business." Refunds will be mailed to those with existing orders. An ARRL member and supporter, Fanckboner turned his talents for radio and electronics into W9INN Antennas some three decades ago after working for Motorola, and he was a regular QST advertiser. Fanckboner designed and hand-built custom antennas, including the MPD-5C-78, MPD-2 and MDX-8C "hideaway" dipoles, and, his daughter says, he was working full time until a week prior to his death. Fanckboner enjoyed a reputation within the amateur community for skilled workmanship and a friendly, helpful manner. A memorial service was held August 9. The family invites memorial donations to the American Cancer Society"

    I personally have spoken with Bill over the years, purchased some of his excellent antennas and have to admit, I will miss Bill! He was a true Elmer of Elmers and his antennas always were considered well made, worked well and any technical info you asked of him, he was willing to share with you over the phone.

    We will miss you Bill! Your antennas will live on at each of our stations!
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