Former WorldRadio Editor, CW Activist Nancy Anne Kott, WZ8C, SK
CW promoter Nancy A. Kott, WZ8C, of Metamora, Michigan, died March 2. She was 58. Kott was the former editor of WorldRadio and WorldRadio Online magazines. She was an enthusiastic member of the FISTS CW Club — the International Morse Preservation Society and a regular presence at the organization’s booth at Dayton Hamvention.
“There is something magical about being able to put two wires together and start going dit-dit-dit dit-dit,” Kott told The New York Times in 2006, after the FCC had proposed dropping the Morse code requirement to acquire HF amateur privileges. “We are just going to have to get on the air and do what we do and hope for the best.”
Kott was an honorary member of the Texas DX Society and a member of the TDXS DXpedition to Belize in 2006, recalled Steve Smothers, W9DX, who called Kott "an accomplished brass pounder and one of FISTS' most active members and promoters." She also operated as VP2V/WZ8C in 2007.
Kott was a member of the ARRL’s A-1 Operator Club. Professionally she was a field representative for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Survivors include her husband, Tim Lange. — Thanks to The Daily DX