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Albert Leland "Lee" Bergren (W0AR)

May, 2009

Lee (W0AR ex-W9AIW/W0AIW) was an accomplished electronics engineer, author, designer and advisor with special accomplishments in the field of antenna and radio amplifier design. He was co-founder of Radio Industries of Kansas City. Lee was a graduate of the University of Kansas and worked during World War II as a designer in the tube division of General Electric Company. During the war he returned to Kansas City as Chief Engineer of Aireon Manufacturing later was appointed Chief of research and development for Great Lakes Pipeline Company. Lee was a life-long amateur radio operator and led or participated in many of the first radio-operating expeditions to areas of the world where there was little or no short-wave activity. He encouraged other ham radio operators to develop the practice called "DX-ing," and was inducted into the National DX Hall of Fame in 2002. Lee developed the multi-element cubical quad antenna and published his results in a seminal article in QST Magazine in 1963. That same year, Radio Industries brought out the "Loudenboomer" amplifier which established a paradigm in the high-frequency amplifier field. Lee was an advisor and mentor to young engineers and radio enthusiasts and was co-founding member of the Kansas City DX Club, the Mid-Continent Chapter 35 of QCWA, and was a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League. Lee married Betty Franks in 1979 who survives of the home. He also leaves behind hundreds of friends, worldwide and a large group of acquaintances in the Kansas City area, many of whom he met every Monday and Thursday for lunch, a tradition he maintained for more than forty years. A deeply committed Christian, Lee was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and generously supported Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, a Lutheran organization. Lee was my best friend. The world and our hobby have lost a fine, fine gentleman

Contributed by: Mike Lonneke (W0YR)

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