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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Peter Dahl (K0BIT)

August 15, 2011

Peter Dahl, K0BIT passed Monday August 15. I have no details yet. Peter was a long time friend and ran his ham and broadcast oriented business Peter Dahl Transformers, in El Paso in excess of 40 years. Peter always supported ham radio and had time to pause in his business for an eyeball qso. He will be sorely missed.

Contributed by: William R. (Ray) Colbert (W5XE)

Peter was active from Minnesota in the late 1950's. I worked him during the ARRL phone SS in 1958 and 1959. I next ran into him in 1980 when my Henry 2K lost the power transformer. I spoke with W6SW at Henry who said they had a deal with Peter for replacement transformers. I called and spoke to Peter and the transformer arrived in a week. Its still in use today. We need more hams like Peter. Dave K4JRB

Contributed by: Dave Thompson (K4JRB)

Peter W. Dahl, 71, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully Aug. 15, 2011 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Clarice; daughter, Tamra; granddaughter, Kristen; sister, Priscilla; brothers-in-law: Henry Fiola, Mark (Shirley) and Loyal (Barbara) Tanem; mother-in-law, Gladys Tanem; aunt, Ruth Nelson; cousins, David and Stephen Nelso; and numerous nieces and nephews. Peter was born in Minneapolis , Minnesota . After receiving his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota he accepted a position with Honeywell to manage the Drone contract at Orogrande , New Mexico . He was employed by Atlantic Research Co. and Brunswick in this same capacity for several years until he opened his own business in 1986. He designed and manufactured special wound transformers for the military, Los Alamos , TV & Radio stations, foreign customers, and ham radio enthusiasts. Peterís call letters (KOBIT) were well-known around the world (dating back to the 1950ís when Morse Code was the norm for communication between ham radio operators). Peter was selected as Small Business Person of the Year in 1986 by the Chamber of Commerce. He was a member and Past President of the SERTOMA (service to mankind) club for many years and served on the Board of Directors of the El Paso Speech and Hearing Center which was a recipient of funds raised by SERTOMA members. He was raised in Five Points Lodge in 1983 where he served as worshipful Master and was active on the Education committee for the Grand Lodge of Texas. He was an active member of the El Paso Scottish Rite where he received his Knights Commander Court of Honor (Oct. 1991) and the 33 Degree which is the highest Degree in Masonry (Nov. 1999) from the Supreme Council. He was also an active member of the El Maida Shrine Temple, the Jesters and Knights of Mecca . He is a member and Past President of the El Paso Country Club where he participated in several golf tournaments and sponsored several college tournaments at EPCC to include golfers such as Tiger Woods. Peter was an avid sports fan who was true to the Lakers and Minnesota Vikings, but also supported the Miners in football and basketball. He will be missed by family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00pm, Friday, August 19, 2011 at the Scottish Rite Temple located at 301 W. Missouri . In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Contact number (915) 533-4409 P.S. Obit from the funeral home web page.

Contributed by: Larry Springsteen (WB8LBZ)

Peter Dahl was a pro in all aspects of his life. He treated everyone with courtesy and respect. I retired recently from Radio Broadcast Engineering after 50 years in the business. Peter was "The Man" when you had a transformer or choke that needed to be replaced. He was truly one of the "Good Guys" and he will be missed. God Bless you Peter and thank you from all of us.

Contributed by: Jon Bennett (NQ4A)

Those of us in the environmental interpretation field have a saying that denotes when one of the most respected names in the profession passes, and that it "... big trees are down...". There are few who deserve more respect than Peter for his dedication to the ham radio community through all the years he served us, and all the specialized care he took to meet the needs of us all... 73, Peter... another Big Tree is down... Bob KK8ZZ

Contributed by: Bob Hinkle (KK8ZZ)

Peter Dahl is legenday in the ham and broadcast community. Whether a modulation transformer for an old Gates AM broadcast trasformer was need or an upgrade for an old Heath SB220... Peter's advice was invaluable on a broad spectrum of electrical power supply/transformer problems and he usually always offered a solution. What a genius and now a sorely missed silent key!

Contributed by: John Oesterling (KE7CQ)

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