QST Contributing Editor and ham radio humorist John G. “Jack”
Troster, W6ISQ, of Atherton, California, died January 11. He was 93.
“While his contributions to QST were not limited to fiction, Jack
will always be remembered for some of the most humorous pieces ever
to be written about Amateur Radio,” said ARRL CEO David Sumner,
Licensed in 1935 at age 14 as W2ISQ in Yonkers, New York, Troster
became W6ISQ after moving to California following World War II.
Troster, Vince Chinn, W6EE (ex-K6KQN), Lee Shaklee, W6BH (SK), and
Don Schliesser, K6RV, founded the Northern California DX Foundation
in 1972. Troster served as an NCDXF Board member for 26 years and
was the Foundation’s third President, from 1975 until 1986.
He served as president of the Northern California DX Club and the
Northern California Contest Club. An ARRL Charter Life Member, he
held DXCC #1 Honor Roll (Mixed, CW, and SSB) as well as 5BDXCC,
5BWAS, and the USA Counties Award (all CW). He was a member of the
CQ DX Hall of Fame, the First-Class CW Operators’ Club and the A-1
Operators Club, and he was the Pacific Division representative on
the ARRL DX Advisory Committee. Troster also was a member and
director of the Quarter Century Wireless Association and for years
wrote the monthly “QCWA” column in WorldRadio.
“He was the consummate gentleman,” said Rusty Epps, W6OAT. “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.”
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marguerite, KC6NFE.