Ron Patterson W6FM - Silent Key

It brings sadness to share the passing of our dear friend and mentor, Ron Patterson W6FM, on the early morning of Friday, February 23, 2024. Ron’s family was with him in his final days and his daughter, Katie, shared the following with us:

I found it comforting to know that a massive solar flare occurred for a majority of yesterday. I think it was God sending a signal and calling Dad home in the perfect way Dad would know and love. I know how much he loved those, as I’m sure you all do too.

Ron will be greatly missed. He was a staple in our community, teaching and sharing everything he knew and leaving a lasting legacy that continues to pay it forward to future generations. Thank you for everything, Ron, you will be missed.

Ron Patterson W6FM
Here’s a photo of Ron in 2010 with a huge smile on his face in front of his new operating station for his beloved Drake Radios. This photo was taken after a workday with some Cal Poly students to run the coax through the attic and learn all about time-domain reflectometry (TDR). Ron would never miss a good teaching opportunity!

Final call for W6FM during the February 24, 2024 SLO countywide ARES/RACES net from AI6MS Marcel Steiber.