Jack Troster, W6ISQ SK


Jack had an enormous passion for amateur radio. He was first licensed in September, 1935, at age 14, as W2ISQ in Yonkers, New York. He received his W6ISQ callsign when he moved to California shortly after the end of World War II. Among Jack’s many radio accomplishments and awards were DXCC #1 Honor Roll on the Mixed, CW and SSB modes; 5B-DXCC; 5B-WAS (Certificate #4); and USA Counties Award (for working all 3,076 USA counties, which he did completely on CW!). Jack was a member of the FOC and the A1 Operators Club; he served as president of both the Northern California DX Club and the Northern California Contest Club; he was a Contributing Editor of QST magazine and was the Pacific Division’s representative on the ARRL DX Advisory Committee. He was a director of the Quarter Century Wireless Association and for years wrote the monthly QCWA column published in World Radio News. Jack was named NCDXC’s DXer of the Year, and in 1988 he was inducted as the 27th member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame.

As impressive as were all his radio achievements, even more so was Jack himself. He was the consummate gentleman. He was warm and welcoming to everyone he met, and many amateur radio operators today enjoy the hobby as a direct result of his nurturing, encouragement and enthusiasm. Jack was known for his quick wit and encyclopedic knowledge of amateur radio history. His passing leaves a huge void. Amateur radio has lost one of its giants."