Tribute to Don Yowell, KI0IS, SK

Don Yowell (then WA0CYM) was a city employee and a charter member of the of the City of Colorado Springs Radio Club. He provided the original UHF repeater that was installed at the Mesa Water Control Center, overlooking the Garden of the Gods. The 147.180 repeater had its antenna atop the wash water tank next door. Then the group changed the club name to Garden of the Gods Amateur Radio Club.

After his retirement, Don changed his call letters to KI0IS, and went to work at Fargo’s Pizza, replacing his brother as maintenance technician. GGARC had been meeting at Giuseppe’s for years, and several other sundry venues. Don invited us to meet at Fargo’s, which has now been our venue for decades.

Don was an important part of all club activities and decisions we made along the way. Even at the time of his passing, he was our webmaster and he was also making arrangements for GGARC to take over operation of the Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Repeaters (which had been donated by Ray, AA0L). He was also an active member of the Jaguar Club of Southern Colorado.

He was a good, faithful and true friend. Don has been missed by all. SK. …-.- …-.-

–Dave Givan, K0IRP