Silent Key Archive

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The purpose of the National Silent Key Archive™ is to collect and preserve photographs, life event narratives, and data artifacts of deceased Amateur Radio operators, and to make the Archive’s digital library available to anyone wishing to view its contents online.

Oregon Silent Key

If you are in the Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro and surrounding areas, please submit your Local Silent Key operators call sign, name and date of passing via the Contact page with pictures, stories and facts and I will create a page here on this site on their behalf. 

There will need to be a verification process before I can post anything. I need to verify the Silent Key information with ARRL or other means.

Alvin D. Schwartz – W7LAH
April 24, 1930 – June 7, 2018
Resided in Gresham, Oregon

Al, 88 years old, a lifelong resident of Portland, passed away after a short illness June 7, 2018. For complete details, visit Oregon Live. A page will be added on this site in honor to Al.

I had the pleasure to know Al for a short 18 years. He was a great person and dedicated Amateur Radio Operator. I met Al in 2000 at a NTTN pizza gathering. At that time Dave, N7YSS was the Net Manager for the Northwest Traffic & Training Net. I was the Assistant Net Manager at that time. Al took a picture of us that day. It was Al, Dave and myself, Mark – KC7NYR. Our last QSO was 7 days before his passing on a 147.040. We had a warm and meaningful conversation. Rest in peace my friend, 73!

Robert James Oswald – W7TCR

August 19, 1942 – October 14, 2018
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Resided in Gaston, Oregon

It has been brought to my attention that one of our members has become a Silent Key. Bob Oswald, W7TCR of Gaston passed away October 14th. According to, Bob was A retired electronics engineer.

For more information:

Reported By
Pat Roberson, W7PAT
EC, Washington County ARES

Other Sites

Reporting a Silent Key – ARRL

FCC Silent Key Notification – QRZ


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