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Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):

from W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 16, 2013
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Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):

Special Bulletin 11 ARLX011
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 16, 2013
To all radio amateurs

ARLX011 Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK)

Wayne S. Green II, W2NSD ("Never Say Die"), of Hancock, New Hampshire, died September 13. He was 91. A well-known and often outspoken figure during what some consider Amateur Radio's golden years in the 1950s and 1960s, Green helmed CQ Magazine for 5 years before becoming the self-proclaimed "El Supremo and Founder" in 1960 of 73 magazine, which he published until 2003.

"The purpose of [73] at that time was to get more hams building equipment," Green recounted in a radio interview several years ago. A hallmark of 73 was Green's iconic, rambling, and wide-ranging "Never Say Die" editorials, in which he rarely missed an opportunity to tweak the ARRL and his magazine competitors for their perceived shortcomings. In 2012 Green contributed back issues of 73 to Internet Archive.

"Wayne will be remembered in many different ways by many different people, but he will be long remembered," said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. "He maintained his membership in the ARRL despite being a persistent critic. In the early days of packet radio he gave me some good advice as to how the ARRL should promote the new technology: 'Talk about it as if everybody's doing it, and eventually they will be."'

Indeed, Green often was ahead of the curve in promoting such technologies as single-sideband phone, solid-state, FM, and the marriage of computers and ham radio, and he went on to found and publish Byte and other computer-oriented publications. "I live mostly in the future," Green was quoted as saying.

Former ARRL Contributing Editor Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, once wrote in his "Surfin"' web column, "We take computers and the Internet for granted today. I first became interested in computers when Wayne Green, W2NSD, started writing about them in 73 magazine in the 1970s. Back then, you had to build your own from scratch or from kits."

Green maintained a larger-than-life presence, even in the years after he faded from the Amateur Radio spotlight, and he never did really retire. "Hey old buddy, I will miss you," radio talk show host Art Bell, W6OBB, posted to Wayne Green's blog. "NEVER SAY DIE is a phrase that will be with me till it's my time." Green was an occasional guest on Bell's "Coast to Coast AM" overnight talk program. There hardly was an issue that Green would not confront, and he expounded a variety of unconventional science, health, and medical theories - from cold fusion and the moon landing to AIDS and cancer cures. He continued to write and speak frequently on these topics and others, as well as on public policy, even at hamfests where he was a guest.

The "Final" in his blog sums up Green's overarching philosophy. "Wayne Green passed away September 13, 2013 in a peaceful, painless transition from this life on Earth. An eternal optimist, and one who loved to share his never-ending zest for life, he was a friend to many and will be missed greatly. Wayne was not afraid of dying and was very much ready to embark on his next great adventure to the afterlife."

Source: W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL.

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Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):  
by N6AJR on September 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
You either liked or disliked Wayne Green or felt netural about him, but one thing for sure, he was noticed. Gods Speed.
RE: Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):  
by W6EM on September 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Speaking up about what you don't agree with and doing things "a different way" are hallmarks of many who have achieved much in their time on earth.

Wayne had the guts and did make a big difference.

Although it's been a few years since the end of 73, it lives on, as will the memory of old "Never Say Die" himself.

Thanks, Wayne, for speaking out and telling those who maybe didn't know what needed changing; and encouraging those who didn't want to make changes.

73 and Rest in Peace

Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):  
by KB0TXC on September 17, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Godspeed, Wayne! You are and will be sorely missed in these quarters.

What will the ARRL do now that the thorn in their side as passed? Who will keep the ARRL (of which I am a member) from looking back to the fifties and sixties rather than looking forward to the future? Who will champion the next generation of technologies and modes? And this is coming from me, someone who love the old vacuum tube and electromechanical technologies!

Rest in peace, Wayne. I will remember you every time I turn on my radios or punch a new tape on the old Model 28.


RE: Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):  
by STRAIGHTKEY on September 17, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
"What will the ARRL do now that the thorn in their side as passed?"

A quarter of the people here are thorns in ARRL's side.

RE: Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):  
by W8VOM on September 17, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
So long Wayne and long live freedom of thought and speech!
RE: Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):  
by KE4ZHN on September 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
And the ARRL is a huge thorn in the side of hams who wont accept their self serving arrogant attitude as the gospel so I guess that makes us all even.
RE: Wayne Green, W2NSD (SK):  
by KE4ZHN on September 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
W6EM - Well said and I totally agree. Mr. Green will be missed.
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