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Wayne Green has left the building

-September 18, 2013

Many hams will remember Wayne Green, W2NSD (“Never Say Die”). Wayne was editor of CQ magazine for a while, then started 73 magazine and was easily the most colorful and controversial character in ham radio in the 60s and into the 70s. Wayne died on Friday, September 13, 2013. He was 91.

He championed many of the technology advances in ham radio, including the adoption of single sideband (SSB) for HF voice, and FM via repeaters on VHF and UHF. He installed one of the first 2-meter FM repeaters in New England. 73 magazine included lots of construction articles in the early years of the IC industry, often featuring interesting new chips hitting the market including phase-locked-loops, timers, tone decoders, and the like. Wayne was openly critical of the ARRL, and provided a counterpoint to pretty much everything the league did. His editorials, often lengthy and rambling, were polarizing. Readers either completely agreed or completely disagreed. Nobody was in the middle.

Wayne embraced the personal computer when it first emerged on the scene. He was involved with, or created many of the early magazines focused on microcomputers, including Byte, HotCoCo, 80 Micro, Kilobaud Microcomputing, RUN, InCider, and Pico. He also founded a magazine devoted to the compact disc in the early days of that music format called CD Review. As his interests wandered to other technologies, he started magazines such as Cold Fusion. Many of these magazines were started in the area around Peterborough, NH, where Green lived for many years.

In his later years, Green became interested in a wide range of subjects and expressed his opinion in blogs on his website and occasional books. His interests included health and nutrition, education, energy, and politics (he ran for vice president in the New Hampshire primary in 1964 and 2008). Some of his positions and opinions have been considered out of the mainstream. Regardless, he expressed his positions passionately and eloquently. The last entry in the blog on his website reads, appropriately,
“Wayne Green passed away this morning in a peaceful, painless transition from this life on Earth. An eternal optimist, and one who loved to share his neverending zest for life, he was a friend to many and will be missed greatly. Wayne was not afraid of dying and was very much ready to embark on his next great adventure to the afterlife.”

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