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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

KEN R STEIGERWALD (KB9ZPD)


February 20, 2013


Ken was a great guy and a good ham. He loved the hobby and was a regular on the local 2m freqs. He also was able to upgrade to general and enjoy HF and was very active in chasing DX. Ken was one of the main reasons I became active in ham radio and he will be missed.

Contributed by: Erich Kraemer (KC9CUK)


Ken was a Great man, and really cared for people. Chances are if you were on 2m Ken was out there waiting to chat! Sadly I did not get to know Ken as much as others but the time I did spend with him I am grateful for. You will be missed Kenny!

Contributed by: Paul Gariepy (KC9MNE)


Ken was a fixture on 2m FM as well and would always have something to say during afternoon drive time. The last time I saw him was at our last FD with The McHenry Co Grid Rats in 2009. Look up W9VB on QRZ for another pic of Ken. The Aether is quiet without your voice Ken. May you have more adventures on the other side.

Contributed by: David Whaley (NT9E)


Everyone has an Elmer that gets them into the hobby. Sometimes they realize who it is and sometimes it's very subtle with gentle nudges from another ham. Regardless I know without uncle Kenny (as we called him) Erich wouldn't be the person he is today with a keen interest in everything amateur radio. Like Paul I met him late in life and it was after his stroke. Despite his memory loss from the stroke he wasn't discouraged from using his radio. He would talk to you for a while and then all of a sudden you could tell he knew once again who he was taking to and we could share a common story or two. I appreciate, and Kenny does too from heaven, that Erich is taking the time to honor his friend who he misses a lot. In the span of eternity our lives on Earth are but a blink of our eye. Knowing that, take the time like Kenny did to make a difference in a young man's life like he did with Erich. Ham radio is truly the greatest hobby in the world!

Contributed by: David J. Holmgren (K9RUF)


Everyone has an Elmer that gets them into the hobby. Sometimes they realize who it is and sometimes it's very subtle with gentle nudges from another ham. Regardless I know without uncle Kenny (as we called him) Erich wouldn't be the person he is today with a keen interest in everything amateur radio. Like Paul I met him late in life and it was after his stroke. Despite his memory loss from the stroke he wasn't discouraged from using his radio. He would talk to you for a while and then all of a sudden you could tell he knew once again who he was taking to and we could share a common story or two. I appreciate, and Kenny does too from heaven, that Erich is taking the time to honor his friend who he misses a lot. In the span of eternity our lives on Earth are but a blink of our eye. Knowing that take the time like Kenny did to make a difference in a young man's life like he did with Erich. Ham radio is truly the greatest hobby in the world!

Contributed by: David J. Holmgren (K9RUF)


Uncle Ken was a wonderful friend and Ham pal. I first met Ken on the 27MHz band and talked to him for years on it. When many of the locals got their ham tickets Ken did the same and his ham radio adventure began. It was a terrific ride for Ken as he sold all the CB gear and transformed it into ham radios. Ken never looked back and became a good ham operator and enjoyed the hobby very much. Ken loved ham radio and embraced it with his whole heart and mind. He worked hard to upgrade so he could work HF. He did several upgrades to his antenna farm and was very proud of his station. You could always could always count on a good QSO with "Uncle Kenny" and he loved to talk about the "good olde days" on the CB band and his various employment positions over the years. Ken loved to rag chew and he always had great life stories to share with all. We all miss calling on the 2 meter for Uncle Kenny to ride along with us in our mobiles as he did often once he became retired. Ken always was there for you to keep you company on your ride to your destination. 73 and godspeed to our Uncle Kenny now a ham in the heavens.

Contributed by: William Bryan Wadsworth (WB9MCW)


We will all miss Uncle Kenny. A great ham and pal to all of us.

Contributed by: William Bryan Wadsworth (WB9MCW)


Ken was a great guy and ham.Could talk about any subject. Talked on 2m most times. We had several simplex areas we would use. He would ask if he could join our chat. always acted as a gentleman. He is and will be missed.

Contributed by: alan dale shepherd (N9IMH)


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