Amateur Radio Author William E. “Bill” Sabin, W0IYH, SK


Noted Amateur Radio author Bill Sabin, W0IYH, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died October 13. He was 88. An ARRL member, Sabin was the author of Discrete-Signal Analysis and Design. He also was co-editor (with E.O. Schoenike) and contributor to three books on single-sideband and HF radio, and he contributed to ARRL’s RF Amplifier Classics. In addition, Sabin wrote more than 40 technical articles, including articles for QST and QEX, as well as portions of The ARRL Handbook between 1985 and 2012. In 1983 he received the ARRL Technical Excellence Award.

Sabin was licensed in 1941 as W9YFA (later W4YFA), when he was 15 and living in Covington, Kentucky, where he was born. He served as a US Navy radio operator during World War II. During a post-war stint as a radio and TV repairman, Sabin began taking math and engineering classes at the University of Cincinnati, and in 1955 he went to work for General Electric as an engineering assistant (and later as a specialist). In 1963 he became a registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio.

When he moved to Iowa in 1964 to work for Collins Radio Company as an engineer, he became W0IYH. In 1973, he received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa. A master’s degree in EE from the same institution followed in 1976. He retired from Rockwell Collins Company in 1990. Sabin was a Life Senior Member of the IEEE.

An active operator, he was a member of the ARRL DXCC Honor Roll.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen. Services will be October 16 in Cedar Rapids.