SK Grant Hays WB6OTS, Charter Director RRI

With heavy heart we mark the passing of our dear friend and RRI charter director Grant Hays WB6OTS. Grant passed away suddenly while touring overseas on September 25th 2019.

Grant was a lifelong traffic handler and joined the U.S. Army in 1959. After a stint with the Army Security Agency he served in various capacities in the military intelligence community, retiring in 1991. Grant served more than fifty years in the Army MARS program rising to its senior leadership.

His obituary is linked here.

Here is a copy of his autobiography as published at QRZ:

I have held an amateur radio license for 54 years. My original call was WN6OTS.

I go by GRANT rather than Lawrence.

Am active as an NCS for the Maritime Mobile Service Network; SHARES, operate the Radio Relay International (RRI) Southwest Digital Hub, Arizona Traffic and Emergency Net, Cochise County ARES/RACES.

Held various position in the ARRL Arizona Section and am a life-member of the ARRL.

Retired from the United States Army in 1991 serving in various tactical and strategic intelligence positions. Originally began my Army career in 1959 with the Army Security Agency (Morse/printer intercept).  My Army career was interesting and amateur radio was part of my life in the Army.  I was a member of Army MARS for over 50 years.

I enjoy contesting, some DX , public service, handling traffic and emergency communications.

I am an active member of the Cochise Amateur Radio Club (K7RDG) having served as president twice and am currently Director-at-Large.

Community activities include over 50 years in various volunteer and professional positions with Boy Scouts of America; Past President of the Noon-Time Rotary Club in Sierra Vista, AZ; served as secretary for the Sierra Vista Symphony Association and was General Manager for several years of the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra.  Served as Master of Huachuca Lodge #53 and currently serve as Secretary.


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