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VHF/UHF Enthusiast, Former Assistant USAF Secretary Owen Wormser, K3CB (ex-K6LEW), SK


Well-known VHF/UHF enthusiast and former owner of C3i Antennas Owen Wormser, K3CB (ex-K6LEW), of Royal Oak, Maryland, died on October 16, after being diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago. He was 78. Wormser was an ARRL Life Member, a regular League patron, and on the 2015 list of ARRL Leadership donors. A former Assistant Secretary of the US Air Force, he was a 26-year USAF veteran, retiring with the rank of colonel. He also served previously as president of the National Frequency Coordinators’ Council. His SUV, which sprouted a surfeit of antennas, was easy to spot at Dayton Hamvention and elsewhere over the years.


Licensed in 1950, Wormser was a life member of the Central States VHF Society and a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), and the Delmarva VHF and Microwave Society, and he had participated since the 1990s in K8GP Grid Pirates Contest Group operations. Wormser once headed C3i Antennas, a maker of VHF/UHF beams until ceasing production in 2006. His C3i consulting firm handled marketing and business development for clients working in the federal government sector, primarily intelligence.


While his day-to-day interest was on the VHF and higher bands, including EME on 70 centimeters, he was primarily a CW operator who also indulged in HF DXing. He especially enjoyed 30 meters.


Wormser was an honors political science graduate of the University of Maryland (1974), which he attended while on active duty with the US Air Force. He also held a bachelor of laws (LLB) degree from LaSalle as well as a diploma in global strategies from the National War College. — Thanks to The Daily DX for some information