Wednesday, September 19, 2018

9/19: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Guess I should post the significance of the day. I've been away today during the best times for propagation & I missed out on Radio Ga-Ga.

I picked up a lot of ARRL Handbooks at a hamfest about six or seven weeks ago. What grabbed my attention was the name written inside the front cover and his place of employment: Glenn Hartong, Collins Radio. I ran some searches and found his obituary. Glenn worked at Collins for seven years, from 1953 to 1960. During the latter two years of his employment there, he was the project manager for the Collins Echo satellite tracking system.

He was also a founding member of the Mid Atlantic Antique Radio Club and a member of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane club. He owned and restored four Hudsons. Being a fan of sorts of lesser-known cars, like AMC (and the companies that merged to create it) and Studebaker, I think his car restorations sound awesome. Of course, I'm a fan of antique radios as well.

I wish the obituary would have mentioned what projects he worked on prior to 1959. Maybe he helped design some aspects of the Collins S-line? I don't know. But Glenn was there during that time.