Silent Keys

This page is dedicated to those North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club operators who have passed on from their time here on earth. Seven-Three to you all.

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Phyllis Simmons | KB8NLN | 1940 – 2023

“Phyllis Simmons, KB8NLN, will be remembered by all of us. She and her
former husband, Roger, were integral part of NOARC. She continued to be
one of the most active club members even after her husband passed years
ago. She always would be the first to volunteer for special events, and
for years as club secretary. I think most of us will not only remember
her in official duties of the club, but how she would always have
cookies, treats, and make coffee for all the club meetings. For years
she was the person for organizing the culinary support for field day.
Far from her club responsibilities, she had the unique sense that
this group of guys needed a lot of help in finessing their softer
side. She always seem so comfortable with all of us.

NOARC is a much better club today because the years she invested both in
officiating and social engagement. ” – Tom Nuyens – N8GNA


Mark E. Stern, Ph.D. | K8MAZ | 1943-2023

Mark Stern - K8MAZ

Mark E. Stern, Ph.D., age 79 of Spring Lake, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023, at Trinity Health Muskegon Hospital. He was born on July 23, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Julius and Rose (Zolkower) Stern.

Mark obtained his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and continued his education, receiving his Doctorate degree from Michigan State University. Mark taught science at Troy High School and Oakland University for many years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Spring Lake, and a member of the North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club, where he was a ham, K8MAZ.

Mark was a very talented musician, playing many instruments including piano and guitar. On occasion, he played for the Detroit Symphony, and served as a background musician during the early years of Motown.