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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX012 (2018)

ARLX012 Former Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG (SK)

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Special Bulletin 12  ARLX012
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 17, 2018
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX012 Former Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG (SK)

Former Wisconsin ARRL Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, of
Madison, died on August 11. He was 77.

Michalski led the Wisconsin Section from 1999 until 2015. He served
as net manager for the Badger Weather Net and was active in the
Wisconsin Badger Amateur Radio Society (W9YT) at the University of
Wisconsin. Michalski served as an ARRL Official Observer and as a
Technical Specialist. He also was a technical specialist for
Wisconsin Emergency Communications (WeComm).

A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in electrical
engineering, Michalski relocated to Wisconsin for graduate school at
the University of Wisconsin (UW). That led to his involvement in the
UW Astronomy Department. He designed electronics for numerous
sounding rocket payloads, the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory
(OAO), the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment
(WUPPE), ground-based instrumentation for Washburn Observatory, the
WIYN telescope, and the High Speed Photometer, which launched in
1990 with the Hubble Space Telescope.

He was the Program Manager and electrical engineer for the Astro
WUPPE payload, flown successfully on two Shuttle missions. He served
as Associate Director of the UW Space Astronomy Laboratory for 16
years and was liaison with NASA project management. An enthusiastic
cyclist, he averaged 4,000 miles a year and combined his love of
Amateur Radio and biking by organizing support for public service