Fred Maia, W5YI is Silent Key

Fred Maia, W5YI (SK)

This is a sad day for ham radio.

Fred Maia and his W5YI group have been a driving force in ham radio education and volunteer examining. Fred was 76 and passed away after a battle with cancer.

(Source: CQ Communications)

CQ columnist Fred Maia, W5YI, a leading amateur radio journalist, educator and pioneer of volunteer examining, passed away on March 28 after a battle with cancer.
Maia, 76, published “The W5YI Report,” dubbed “America’s Oldest Ham Radio Newsletter,” from 1978 to 2003, and has been a CQ contributing editor since 1985. His regulatory affairs column, first titled “Ticket Talk,” then “Washington Readout,” offered news and perspective on FCC and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) actions, and helped untold numbers of hams wend their way through often-confusing mazes of the volunteer examining and vanity call sign systems. (Continue reading…)

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