The ARRL Letter on December 10, 2015
Ham Radio Outlet (HRO http://www.hamradio.com/) Founder Robert G. “Bob” Ferrero, W6RJ (ex-K6AHV), of Danville, California, died on December 4 after a period of ill health. He was 78. An ARRL Life Member, Ferrero was a California state trooper and US Navy veteran when he acquired Ham Radio Outlet in Burlingame, California, in 1971. He characterized the original store as a “little radio emporium on a wooden train platform.” HRO is now the world’s largest Amateur Radio retail chain.
Ferrero took part in DXpeditions to Kingman Reef in 1974, the Austral and Marquesas Islands, and the now-deleted Bajo Nuevo and Serrana Bank. He also operated as 9J2RA, TJ1GB, and W6RJ/Z2, as well as from HZ1AB in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Ferrero was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a member of the A1 Operators Club. In 2009, the editors of CQ, in conjunction with the Visalia DX Convention, recognized Ferrero “for his many contributions to Amateur Radio.”
He was among the initial patrons and a significant supporter of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF http://www.ncdxf.org/).
Among his survivors is his son Robert, W6KR, a co-owner of HRO and a DXpedition partner. — Thanks to Chip Margelli, K7JA, and The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com/
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