W0AP - Silent Key
Bill McCollum (KE0XQ)
November 29, 2001
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John (Mac) McKinney, W0AP - SK
Nebraska lost one of it's well known hams on Saturday, November 24th. John (Mac) McKinney, W0AP suffered an apparent heart attack at his home in Dannebrog. He died at the age of 83. Best known for saying what was on his mind, Mac was a former employee of the FCC. His last FCC assignment was with the monitoring station in Grand Island. He was quite active on the air up to the end of his life. He was an ARRL Life Member, Assistant Midwest Division Director, Net Manager of the Nebraska CW Net, member of the Society Of Wireless Pioneers and a former QCWA Board member. He was a shipboard operator in the Merchant Marine. Mac was also the Mayor of Dannebrog several years ago. In 2000, he was selected as a co-recipient of the Nebraska Ham of the Year award. During recent years, Mac was asked for advice concerning the FCC Rules and Regulations, pertaining to amateur radio. Mac loved CW - that was his life. He always encouraged people to be proficient in CW. I remember in 1998 my wife (KB0FSI) and I made a side trip to Dannebrog on our way to Victoria Springs. Driving through town we came upon Mac crossing the street. We had no intentions of stopping, but Mac insisted. Mac took us to lunch, gave us a tour of his home and was so kind to us. I will never forget him. Several daughters survive him.
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Submitted by: Bill McCollum, KE0XQ
W0AP - Silent Key
by N0SPP on November 29, 2001
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Mac was always there on Sunday mornings on the 3900 Club get together, always there to help somebody with a problem or just to give us "HIS" thoughts about what was happening in amatuer radio and where it was going (if we would sit back and let it happen!!) This past Sunday morning there was a LARGE empty spot on the CW net and the general chat time! It will take us awhile to get used to this. I did not know Mac other than on the air, but what I knew of him he would want us to keep going and to make sure that we will use common sense when it comes making any changes to amatuer radio. 73 Mac you will always be remembered by this Ham
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