Herb Johnson was born November 10, 1920, in Pittsburgh, PA.
The son of Swan and Ruth Johnson, he spent his childhood in
Astabula, OH. A lifelong amateur radio enthusiast, he designed
his first radio at age 14, and at age 15 earned his amateur radio
After moving to Benson, AZ, he founded Swan Engineering (later,
Swan Electronics) in 1961. Originally working by himself out of
his garage, Herb created a line of radios that became a favorite
of amateurs around the world. Herb chose the brand name "Swan" in memory of his father, whose name in his native land of Sweden, was "Sven". Upon arrival in the USA, his name was Americanized to "Swan". Swan Engineering grew rapidly, and its growth
continued after Herb relocated the company to Oceanside, CA, in
1962. At its peak Swan produced as many as 400 radios per month.
Needing more capital and engineering resources for Swan's rapid expansion, the company merged with Cubic Corporation in 1967 and Herb continued managing the Swan subsidiary until 1973. The Swan line of equipment was mostly tube type design, and through the years more than 80,000 transceivers alone where sold. Many Swan
radios remain in service today, a tribute to the quality that
went into their design and construction.
Herb founded his second company, Atlas, in 1974. Atlas produced a
line of compact, rugged radios that became very popular for
mobile communications from cars and boats. Herb was particularly
proud of the many explorers and adventurers who used Atlas radios
to stay in touch with the outside world during their expeditions.
Herb was an avid sailor, skippering a series of boats (all named
Vector) in numerous long-distance races along the coast of
California and Mexico. A longtime member of the Oceanside and San
Diego Yacht Clubs, he remained active, continuing his pursuits in
amateur radio and sailing, well into his seventies.
After a period of declining health, Herb died of heart failure on
January 31, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Mimi Johnson; his
children Sven Johnson, Tina Svalina, Les Johnson, Eric Johnson,
and David Johnson; his step-children Dave Callender, M'Liz
McJones, and John Callender; twelve grandchildren; three sisters
and two brothers in Ohio; and one brother in Maryland.
Herbert G. Johnson, W6QKI - Founder of Swan Engineering and Swan Electronics
Herb Johnson was born November 10, 1920, in Pittsburgh, PA. The son of Swan and Ruth Johnson, he spent his childhood in Astabula, OH. A lifelong amateur radio enthusiast, he designed his first radio at age 14, and at age 15 earned his amateur radio operator's license.
After moving to Benson, AZ, he founded Swan Engineering (later, Swan Electronics) in 1961. Originally working by himself out of his garage, Herb created a line of radios that became a favorite of amateurs around the world. Herb chose the brand name "Swan" in memory of his father, whose name in his native land of Sweden, was "Sven". Upon arrival in the USA, his name was Americanized to "Swan".
Swan Engineering grew rapidly, and its growth continued after Herb relocated the company to Oceanside, CA, in 1962. At its peak Swan produced as many as 400 radios per month.
Needing more capital and engineering resources for Swan's rapid expansion, the company merged with Cubic Corporation in 1967 and Herb continued managing the Swan subsidiary until 1973. The Swan line of equipment was mostly tube type design, and through the years more than 80,000 transceivers alone where sold. Many Swan radios remain in service today, a tribute to the quality that went into their design and construction.
Herb founded his second company, Atlas, in 1974. Atlas produced a line of compact, rugged radios that became very popular for mobile communications from cars and boats. Herb was particularly proud of the many explorers and adventurers who used Atlas radios to stay in touch with the outside world during their expeditions.
Herb was an avid sailor, skippering a series of boats (all named Vector) in numerous long-distance races along the coast of California and Mexico. A longtime member of the Oceanside and San Diego Yacht Clubs, he remained active, continuing his pursuits in amateur radio and sailing, well into his seventies.
After a period of declining health, Herb died of heart failure on January 31, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Mimi Johnson; his children Sven Johnson, Tina Svalina, Les Johnson, Eric Johnson, and David Johnson; his step-children Dave Callender, M'Liz McJones, and John Callender; twelve grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers in Ohio; and one brother in Maryland.
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Brouneus Corning, NY 4/17/12 Age 87 W6PZI Clair E. Miller Placerville, CA 4/17/12 Age 75 VK6BDB Sean Leahy Glen Forrest, Australia 4/20/12 Age 86 AI4OZ Don Sharer Micro, NC 4/23/12 Age 64 W3PKL Henry Stamps Lynchburg, VA 4/24/12 Age 87 W6CZM Donald E. Carey Camarillo, CA 5/21/12 Age 83 W2INY Roger F. Sykes Elmira Heights, NY 6/6/12 Age 89 AA2VC Robert W. Reese Lawrenceville, PA 8/19/12 Age 59 W3AFH Barry Goldblatt Norfolk, VA 10/10/12 Age 50 W1FDW Donald P Girard Townsend, MA 10/28/12 Age 78 K2MV Meyer "Mike" Adleman Fords, NJ 1/28/13 Age 91 W9QYY Giles Walker Kirklin, IN 4/17/13 Age 89 (USN WWII) WA0VTO Joseph "Hank" Rael Pueblo, CO 7/19/13 Age 86 W2NSD Wayne Green Hancock, NH 9/13/13 Age 91 (US Navy Vet) NY2V Fred Adsit Ex-W2ZOJ Weedsport, NY 9/19/13 Age 84 W2YCA Edward F. Armstrong Erin, NY 10/9/13 Age 70 WA7BYX Ray Kitashiro Honolulu, HI 10/2/13 Age 82 (USAF Vet) W5TZD Charles H. Smith Santa Fe, NM 11/7/13 Age 78 AK1X Paula M. Dunn Tully, NY 11/25/13 Age 54 N1IQS Thomas Carder Bedford, NH 2014 K9IEG Robert L. Plumley Thomson, IA 1/12/14 Age 87 NM7W Arlon Helms Brookings, OR 4/30/14 Age 89 WB9NLI William "Bill" Diggs Woodstock, IL 5/30/14 Age 66 N7FCO Graydon "Grady" Lewis Eugene, OR 7/1/14 Age 87 (US Navy Ret) WA2JFM John L. Breese Horseheads, NY 8/20/14 Age 91 K2KZI John E Steen Bath, NY 9/5/14 Age 83 WA2GCU Winnie DeMonstoy Erwin, NY 10/18/14 Age 81 NO2Y William H. Dorman Corning, NY 11/16/14 Age 96 WA3PUN James "Ed" Bolton Harrisburg, PA 11/30/14 Age 83 KS2N James O. DeRusha Addison, NY 12/16/14 Age 69 W4MDX Edward "Bryan" Wagner Oak Ridge, TN 1/19/2015 Age 93 (WWII Vet) N7EG Matthew "Matt" LePree Tucson. AZ 3/29/15 Age 90 K2UOV Raymond La Barr Corning, NY, 4/1/15 Age 88 K4LJP Lee John Pennington II West Palm Beach, FL Age 71 N3LWM William E. Price West Springfield, PA 4/30/15 Age 74 W5GDS Jimmie Wade Abel Crawford, TX 5/18/15 Age 78 (US Navy Vet) K2AWH Bernie Hamilton Painted Post, NY 10/27/15 Age 94 (US Army Vet) KA1KYM Manuel A. Camara E. Providence, RI 12/6/15 Age 60 KB2WXV Roy Koehler Avoca, NY 12/24/15 Age 62 N5VZ Gary Lynn Humphries Corsicana, TX 1/15/16 Age 77 W1KAY Ken Gleszer Danbury, CT 2/3/2016 Age 94 W4JIK DeWitt "Rusty" Gooch Elizabeth City, NC 5/6/16 Age 65 (US Navy Ret) N7WO Wilbur "Jake" Otten Vancouver, WA 5/7/16 Age 77 N2RHX Don Campbell Cayuta, NY 5/9/16 Age 78 K4DCN Robert E. "Bert" Lee Orange, VA 7/25/16 Age 98 K4APT Joe Coleman Jr Marietta, GA 12/31/16 KC2RCS Gerald B Tompkins Big Flats, NY 5/2/17 Age 77 (US Army Ret) W2DES Walt Key Hoffmeister, NY 7/19/17 Age 86 (US Navy Vet) N0GMH Larry D Schad Creston, IA 8/11/17 Age 70 (US Navy Vet) K7MJJ Betty A. Dunn Benson, AZ 8/13/17 Age 77 (XYL of W7TOA) K2LRW Herbert Fort Bath, NY 8/18/17 Age 92 (WWII US Navy Vet) WN9DDV C. Richard Pumphrey Crossville, TN 9/1/17 Age 70 WA2PZI Larry Moldauer Edison, NJ 9/2017 Age 71 W8DBF Duane B. Fischer Flint, MI 12/21/17 Age 71 KB5DOH Al Councill Oklahoma City, OK 1/2018 Age 71 N0FM Frank Mastroni Denver, CO 6/4/2018 Age 93 K7OX Gary D. Elliott Spokane, WA 6/11/22018 Age 81 W7RXG Norm Sanford Salt Lake City, UT 10/18/2018 Age 92 WB2FXK Jack Slocum Horseheads, NY 11/1/2018 Age 90 K0ISK Donald R. Fox Ontario, CA 7/23/19 Age 84 N3XJF Patrick H. Spencer Pensacola, FL 5/20/20 Age 81 (US Navy Ret) WA5BDR James E. Singleton Florence, OR 6/28/20 Age 81 (US Navy Vet) KF4EKA Sandra L. Bowen Stephen City, VA 11/23/21 Age 74
Notable Friends & Associates of Swan Radio Community:
William "Bill" Yerger - Merchant Marine Radio Officer
Walter S. Taylor - K2MLT - Wine Industry Leader
W. Robert Dabb - K2QAU - OSHA Investigator & WWII Veteran
Barry Morris Goldwater - K7UGA - U. S. Senator
Jean Shepherd - K2ORS - Radio Broadcaster & Author
Frank A. Gunther - W2ALS - Radio Engineer
Pioneers of Early Radio & Electronics:
Allen B. Du Mont - Radio & TV Component Developer
Robert Trout - CBS Radio Anchor
World Gravesite Locator
Politicians Gravesite Locator
Forever Network Obituaries/Biographies
American Battle Monuments
Anyone becoming aware of the passing of a member of the amateur radio community that should be remembered through our Silent Key page, can submit an obituary. If the deceased was never a licensed amateur radio operator, state the reason for inclusion. Submissions can be made via E-Mail: Swan-Net@Juno.com.
The Swan Radio Silent Key page lists those deceased individuals who have in some way impacted the Swan User Group organization through technical or social contributions in support of Swan Radio collecting and/or Swan Radio HF Net participation.
Additionally, since each person listed was known personally by at least one Swan Net organizer, there is further non-private information available upon request.
Refer to SWAN Radio Network for additional contact information.