Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) Founder and Robert G. “Bob” Ferrero, W6RJ (ex-K6AHV), of Danville, California, died on December 4 after a period of ill health. He was 78. An ARRL Life Member, Ferrero was a California state trooper and US Navy veteran when he acquired Ham Radio Outlet in Burlingame, California, in 1971. The original store operated from a former railroad station.
“[T]hrough decades of hard work and commitment to his customers, [he] turned it into the largest Amateur Radio retail chain in the world, with 14 stores now throughout the United States,” said Chip Margelli, K7JA, in a Facebook post.
Ferrero took part in several DXpeditions, including 9J2RA, TJ1GB, W6RJ/Z2, FO0FI and FO0FR, which was the first expedition to the Austral and Marquesas Islands. He also operated from HZ1AB in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Ferrero was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a member of the A1 Operators Club. In 2009, the editors of CQ, in conjunction with the Visalia DX Conventional, recognized Ferrero “for his many contributions to Amateur Radio.”
Among his survivors is his son Robert Ferrero Jr W6KR , the president of HRO. — Thanks to Chip Margelli, K7JA, and The Daily DX