Floyd Heytow was raised
in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood by his parents Allan and Sally
Heytow. In Bob 1960 Bob and his twin brother Dick earned their
novice tickets. Bob graduated from Mather High
School in 1964. Soon after graduation, Bob and his brother Dick
volunteered for the U.S. Army. Bob was sent to Vietnam, Dick to
Bob was a
communicator with the 101st Airborne Division and worked at
MARS station AB8AZ in Phu Bai, RVN in 1968.
After his discharge in 1969, Bob
joined the Evanston Police Department at the urging of his brother Dick,
an Evanston patrol officer at the time. Bob worked his way through almost
every department on the force, from street cop to detective. Bob was
promoted to sergeant in the late 1980s and elevated to the rank of
lieutenant in 1996. In 1997 he earned his college degree, with a
focus on public administration. Due in part to his versatility and
understanding of technology, he would become a valuable “jack of all
trades” within the administration.
He was a member of Metro Amateur Radio
Club, Society of Midwest Contesters, American Radio Relay League and
Northern Illinois DX Association. A forty-year ham veteran who still
loved amateur radio as if it was his first day with a new ticket. He was
a patient Elmer and an avid ham.
53, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000 after collapsing during a laughter-filled
conversation with his colleagues outside the police station.
In July 2002, Stuart Sokolin,
W6YYY, founded the
Robert F. Heytow Memorial Radio Club
Skokie IL. With
Heytow family permission callsign K9YA was granted to the club on October
8, 2002. On November 6, 2002, Michael J Dinelli, N9BOR was named
station trustee. The site has some excellent articles about Bob,
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