|On 25-Jan-2021 Elaine N2GET, Mike’s wife advised us he became SK. Mike had recently beat liver cancer and was under care for respiratory and kidney health issue. His life is a blessing for all who knew and loved him.
Mike Siegel, W2RT, obtained his first amateur licensed in 1962 while still in high school, and later upgraded to Extra Class. He also holds a First Class Commercial License with radar endorsement. While in engineering school he worked in Aerospace under a DOD contract. For a short time after college he worked for the Ferrari North American Racing team on gearing, traction, and race timing.
Later on he worked for the ABC Television Network. His responsibilities there included Video Tape Technical Support, Post Production Special Effects Editing, and RF Engineering. During his tenure with ABC he was honored by receiving many awards for his work. Some of the honors he received were a Gold Hugo award for editing, a Dupont award in television, a Peabody award in Journalism, various Film Writer awards for some of his projects, and a collection of 9 National Emmy awards.
His work consisted of News and Documentaries, Sports, 3 Olympics games, and even some Soap Operas. Upon retirement from ABC he was offered a position teaching engineering subjects at a local technical school. Within a couple of months he became the head of the schools competition robotics team. Eventually he elevated the team from novices to a nationally ranked team. He was hired by F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to be their Senior mentor in New York. Mike is now recognized as the F.I.R.S.T. Senior Mentor Emeritus of the F.I.R.S.T. organization.
Over his many years he has been in Whose Who in America three times in two different industries. Along with his wife, Elaine, they are both accredited ARRL Volunteer Examiners. Mike is both a Lifetime member of the A.R.R.L. and AMSAT.
Today he enjoys his long term activity in Amateur Radio and is the proud member of an all Ham family.