This is pretty gut wrenching (I know that’s an understatement…not sure of the right words)…I knew Tom briefly through Bob and always had a blast talking with him about multiple topics, Amateur Radio and Radio Astronomy being among them.  He was always very encouraging to a newcomer like me in the world of Amateur Satellites and to academic research (both daunting in their own ways).  He always had some new widget to share and discuss or some new idea to kick around…..I wish we had more time together.  He will be missed.


-Zach, KJ4QLP


Research Associate

Aerospace & Ocean Systems Division (AOSD)

Virginia Tech National Security Institute (VT-NSI)

Ted & Karyn Hume Center for National Security & Technology

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (VT)

Work Phone: 540-231-4174

Cell Phone: 540-808-6305


From: Ed Long <[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 3:53 PM
To: Robert McGwier <[email protected]>; amsat bb <[email protected]>
Subject: [AMSAT-BB] Re: K3IO ex-W3IWI


Also sad to hear this news. A loss for sure.


Ed Long


Former Editor, The AMSAT Journal

From: Robert McGwier <[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 12:13 PM
To: amsat bb <[email protected]>
Subject: [AMSAT-BB] K3IO ex-W3IWI


It is a terribly sad duty for me to tell you that our dear friend, peer and colleague, Tom Clark passed away.


I have already agreed with AMSAT managment to put together a memorial talk for the AMSAT meeting and extended effort for the journal and online. 


I heartbroken to lose my friend.





Dr. Robert W McGwier, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Tech
ARDC Member of Board
Sky: AAVSO, SkyHub, Auburn AS, Skyscrapers