Silent Keys

The North Hills Radio Club is grateful for the many licensed amateur radio operators who have been active members in the club over the years. The purpose of this section is to memorialize members that have deceased by collecting and preserving photographs, life event narratives and data artifacts to help preserve their memory and contributions to the amateur radio service and our community.

W6GUYW6GUY  - Guy Vaughn


Guy Vaughn, W6GUY, passed away in his sleep at home on April 12, 2022. Guy was a member of the North Hills Radio Club, the River City ARCS and Sierra Foothills ARC and also supported the Elk Grove Florin ARC. Guy was instrumental in leading the effort to raise funds for the K6IS Repeater Maintenance Fund and encouraged others to contribute to the club. Guy suffered from a rare form of bone marrow cancer that lowered his immune response and severely restricted his ability to physically interact with the world. He retired in 2019 and ham radio provided a means for him to safely interact with friends and socialize with other hams who shared his love of science, technology, technical, and real-world knowledge. He is survived by his fiancée, Rickki Boyd.

N6NFF-1N6NFF - Douglas D. Emerson


Doug Emerson, N6NFF, passed away on August 31, 2021. Doug was a Lifetime member of the North Hills Radio Club and served as the club’s President for many years and was well known throughout the Sacramento Valley Section for his tireless dedication to the amateur radio service including NorCal SKYWARN. Despite being totally blind, Doug faithfully attended club picnics, hamfest, and Field Day where he was always willing to lend a helping hand. His enthusiasm for ham radio could be heard on numerous repeaters and nets throughout the Sacramento region where he was a regular check-in. His Tuesday Evening “Amateur Radio Trivia Night” was always a crowd favorite. A native of Ohio, he moved to California to marry his lovely wife, Sheilla, N6IKB who is also a member of the club.

KJ6PIK - Ralph “Ralphie Boy” Stocki


Ralph Stocki, KJ6PIK, passed away on May 4, 2021. The Principal of Ralph’s Pool Service by day and “Ralphie Boy from Rio Linda” by night, Ralph held an Amateur Extra license since 2011. He always had kind words to say on the air to his fellow hams.

Larry “Bud” GorehamW0NEB - Larry “Bud” Goreham


Larry “Bud” Goreham, W0NEB, age 82, became a Silent Key on December 15, 2020. He passed away at his home in Hays, Kansas. He was born June 8, 1938, in Yates Center, Kansas to Floyd R. and Pearl E. (Williams) Goreham.

He was a retired US Air Force veteran. He was stationed in Ethiopia, Guam, and many years in California, then moved to Hays in 1989. Larry grew up, and attended school in Yates Center, Kansas. He was a Lifetime Member of the North Hills Radio Club.

KC5JAX - Paul McIntyreKC5JAX - Paul McIntyre


Paul McIntyre, KC5JAX, became a Silent Key on February 28, 2020. Tragically, Paul was one of four victims of a violent knife attack by a client at the Wellness and Recovery Center in Carmichael, CA where Paul was interning in his training to become a clinical social worker. A Lifetime member of the North Hills Radio Club, Paul was a long-time mentor and volunteer who was passionate and always willing to help others learn and enjoy amateur radio. He was involved in several clubs including the River City ARCS where he was also awarded Life Membership and served in numerous roles including President, board member, and net coordinator. His wife, Barbara and their son Hunter were regular attendees at club picnics and activities.

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