Tom has been inspiring me since I was a high school kid the early 80s ... I remember typing his tracking program published in Orbit magazine into my TI-99/4A computer and storing it on cassette tapes!
I also remember listening to him on the old AMSAT Launch Information Network ... back then we had to get live information on the status of a launch via an HF net on 20 or 80 meters.
Most recently Tom was very generous with his time at the 2019 AMSAT Symposium -- we were musing over an interferometer design so that Amateurs could do their own orbit determination independent of any government or commercial operation.
de KM1P Joe
________________________________________ From: [email protected] [email protected] Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 12:16 PM To: 'Robert McGwier'; 'amsat bb' Subject: [AMSAT-BB] Re: K3IO ex-W3IWI
This is sad news indeed. What a loss to AMSAT!
Ken Ernandes, N2WWD
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 N4HY: ARRL, TAPR, AMSAT, EARC Sky: AAVSO, SkyHub, Auburn AS, Skyscrapers