Frank L. Guth W9BCC was a charter member of the RMRA and its License Trustee for 16 years, the longest term of service of any individual to date. His callsign W9BCC is now the official RMRA callsign.
He was born December 28th 1911 near Bancroft, Wisconsin.
In 1931 he received an alternate appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned his teaching certificate from the Central State Teacher's College at Stevens Point, Wisconsin (now UWSP), and subsequently taught in several one room rural schools. He married Angeline Glodowski in 1936. Frank was employed as a corporate accountant for Northwest Liquor Company until his retirement in 1976.
Frank held the part-time position of Portage County Director of Emergency Government for 28 years, and retired from that position in 1976 as well.
He was first licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator in 1947.
Frank was instrumental in organizing the "Point Radio Amateurs" club in 1947, and in its reorganization as the "Central Wisconsin Radio Amateurs at UWSP" in 1977. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of CWRA from 1977 until the late 1980s. While in office he had a major role in the establishment and operation of the annual CWRA Swapfest.
Frank was the author and producer of "WATTS SNOO", the PRA/CWRA bulletin for 25 years. Frank typed, printed, collated, stapled, folded, addressed, stamped and mailed the bulletin, every month without fail, until it was distributed via inclusion in the Badger State Smoke Signals in the early 1990's.
He organized and taught many Novice and Technician/General license classes, while serving as a mentor to many new hams in the central Wisconsin area. He held many code practice sessions at his kitchen table, a practice he continued well into his 80's until he suffered a dibilitating stroke. In his late 70's, he passed the Extra Class license exam, and served as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner until his death.
He was largely responsible for the CWRA's involvement with the State Summer Games of the Wisconsin Special Olympics held each June in Stevens Point. He served on the WSO Games Committee as Communications Co-Chairman from 1975 to 1990.
He was a Quarter Century Wireless Association member (member #7850) and officer, and was instrumental in organizing a Central Wisconsin Chapter of the QCWA in 1990.
In 1982, he became the license trustee of the Rib Mountain Repeater Association. As trustee, his callsign W9BCC became the callsign used on the 146.22/.82 repeater on Rib Mountain. He served on the RMRA Board of Directors from 1984 to 1990, as its Vice-President from 1984 To 1987, and as its license trustee until his death.
Frank Guth became a Silent Key on May 8th 1998, at age 86.
The family and friends of Frank Guth have created a permanent University of Wisconsin Stevens Point memorial fund for college students who are or hope to be hams. Further information can be obtained by contacting Mike Pagel K9UW.
On October 12th 2001, the United States Federal Communications Commission reassigned the callsign W9BCC to the RMRA as
a memorial to Frank L. Guth.