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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX032 (1995)

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ARLX032 Stan Kaisel, K6UD, SK
 
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Special Bulletin 32  ARLX032
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 21, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLX032 Stan Kaisel, K6UD, SK
 
Stan Kaisel, K6UD, died June 22, 1995, in Portola Valley,
California.  He was 72 years old.
 
According to the San Jose (California) Mercury News, Kaisel was a
pioneer in microwave engineering and made valuable contributions to
the new technology of electronic warfare during World War 2.  He
went to Saipan, where US B-29s were being destroyed on the ground as
well as in the air.  ''Being 20 years old and not knowing any better,
I didn't know you couldn't do these things, so I just went in and
did them,'' he later told a historian for the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
 
Kaisel became a licensed amateur at age 13, and graduated from
Washington University in St Louis in 1943. He went to Cambridge,
Massachusetts, and for two years was part of the Radio Research Lab
there.  His specialty was developing a technique for jamming enemy
radar.
 
Kaisel earned his doctorate from Stanford in 1949 and worked there
as a researcher until forming a company, Microwave Electronics Corp,
in 1959.  Among his scientific accomplishments were helping to build
the first linear electron accelerator and developing traveling-wave
tubes.
 
A business associate told the Mercury News that Kaisel was ''uniquely
public-spirited,'' citing his fund-raising efforts and his founding
of a Wellness Center at Stanford, just before his death.  He also
was an education activist, involved in supporting public school
funding.
 
Stan Kaisel was an ARRL life member, a member of the board of
directors of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF), and also
was a member of the Northern California DX Club (NCDXC).  He was on
the ARRL DXCC Honor Roll, both Mixed and Phone.
 
He leaves his wife, Mary Ann Kaisel, and a son and daughter.
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