RMCS Donald Eugene Gardner USCG (Retired)
February 19, 1932 – March 8, 2010
Don Gardner, AD4PT was responsible for the establishment
of the Coast Guard Amateur Radio Club. In 1990, Don sent out notices to
be published in several Amateur Radio publications as well as retiree
publications of the Coast Guard looking for information from Hams who
also served in the Coast Guard. Some schedules were made by mail and Don
started having QSO’s with those who responded. Dennis Shirrel, K7DCG
helped the effort by spreading the word through his CG friends.
Washington Radio had a club station, K4CG and sent out a packet bulletin
seeking others who served and were interested. Dick Anderson, KE7A and
Ernie Garcia, W4EG responded to this bulletin. K4CG was able to obtain
permission to use 14.300 MHz from the Maritime Mobile Net. Dick placed a
notice in QST announcing the net on 14.300MHz. Don read that notice and
contacted Dick asking for permission to come up on the net to promote
his efforts to form the club. Don had taken it upon himself to start
keeping records of all of the members of this new club. It was his idea
to format the book in a similar fashion to what you now see. Don also
would arrange to print and send a copy to all who ordered one.
Thank You, Don for setting the standard by which this
club operates... May you have fair winds, following seas and no QRN/QRM
wherever you sail on your journey in Heaven.