Former ARRL Staffer Mike Kaczynski, W1OD (SK)
Michael B. Kaczynski, W1OD, of Bristol Connecticut, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at Bristol Hospital. He was 51. An ARRL Life Member, Kaczynski worked at ARRL Headquarters from 1979-1987 starting off at the DXCC Desk, then becoming a Communications Assistant, Technical Information Specialist, Lab Technician and eventually an Assistant Technical Editor and Contest Manager; at the time of his death, he was employed at ESPN. While at the ARRL, he authored almost 50 articles in QST, including contest results articles and product reviews. He was also President of the Newington Amateur Radio League (NARL) from 1991-1992 and a member of the ARRL’s A-1 Operator Club. Kaczynski enjoyed and was a member of many organizations related to bowling, sport shooting, model airplanes, astronomy and geocaching. He also held a private pilot’s license. He is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins and his loving companion, Donna Sullivan. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 10:30 AM at Funk Funeral Home in Bristol, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St Stanislaus Church. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday between 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kaczynski Scholarship Fund, c/o St Stanislaus Church, 510 West St, Bristol, CT 06010 or to Special Olympics, 2666 State St, Suite 1, Hamden, CT 06517-2232. Kaczynski’s family has set up a memorial Web site where friends may leave condolences.