August 6, 2004 -- William E. "Bill" Fanckboner, W9INN, of Mt Prospect, Illinois--the proprietor of W9INN Antennas--died July 30. He was 80. W9INN Antennas will die with him. "He did all of the work by himself, so it is effectively out of business, said his daughter, Robin Randall. "He was the business." Randall said she would send refunds in the next few weeks to those with existing orders. An ARRL member and supporter, Fanckboner turned his talents for radio and electronics into W9INN Antennas some three decades ago after working for Motorola, and he was a regular QST advertiser. Fanckboner designed and hand-built custom antennas, including the MPD-5C-78, MPD-2 and MDX-8C "hideaway" dipoles, and, his daughter says, he was working full time until a week prior to his death. Fanckboner enjoyed a reputation within the amateur community for skilled workmanship and his friendly, helpful manner. Following graduation from high school in 1942, Fanckboner served as an aviation radioman in the US Coast Guard during World War II. Later, he got his pilot's license and enjoyed flying for many years. He met his wife Suzanne via ham radio in 1949. In April 1981, he contributed an item to QST "Technical Correspondence" on "Using Baluns in Transmatches with High-Impedance Lines." A memorial service will be held Monday, August 9, 11 AM, at First United Methodist Church, 1903 E Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, Illinois. His nephews, the Revs Robert and William Niles, will officiate. The family invites donations to the American Cancer Society.
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