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Robert Floyd Heytow



 26 Feb 1947 - 10 Nov 2000



Contester, CW op, DXer



Robert 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 Korea.

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.

Bob, 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 in 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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