Known in the day for reliable phone patches, Steve Barnes (KC4USB, K0YKJ, KH6SB, etc) has yielded to the inevitable static of time. He passed away 10/10/10 after two years of radio blackout in Hospice care.
Well known for his Antarctic service in the IGY, Steve was Station Scientific Leader at Byrd Station, Antarctica. His was the second year of occupation when it appeared the snow was about to crush all the buildings. A “cool” leader he won the Ping Pong tournament that winter.
Steve was a world renowned Ionosondist which was his area of research at Byrd. He began this life long profession at Palmyra Atoll in the pacific when the National Bureau of Standards thought the US Navy was going to stay as the support facility: they didn’t.
He “toured” the Pacific with his family stopping in Guam, Maui, and Anchorage. Settling in Boulder, the home of the NBS Ionosonde project, he also was the NBS Antarctic Coordinator. He coddled the many scientists sent to Antarctica with home cooked meals and radio contacts, phone patches with family and friends. He was recognized by the US Navy for his many years of volunteer work in supporting morale.
Steve first became a ham radio amateur at age 15, passing away at 95 he was a ham for 80 years, a feat not often to be beat since modern communications is drifting away from ham technologies. None the less, Steve was the best in what he did.
Indeed, as a youth Steve was a champion baseball pitcher. He pitched a perfect game for the Virginia Grays, the Philadelphia farm club of the day. His baseball career was interrupted by family and World War II where he served on the heavy cruiser Los Angeles.
During his last term of service at the Maui Ionsonde Station, Steve belonged to the Wailuku Union Church. There he was elected the honorary title of “Saint” while he was Chief Moderator.
Steve was a dedicated family man, husband of one wife. Go with God, Steve, good and faithful servant, Aloha.