Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society Chairman Sid May ET3SID / AB3OZ / G4CTQ passed away September 25.
Sid had recently contacted AMSAT-UK regarding an amateur radio CubeSat project he planned to start in Ethiopia.
He had been looking forward to attending the National Hamfest at Newark during a planned visit to the UK for medical treatment.
Sid helped form the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society. An article in the Ethiopian Herald newspaper about amateur radio in that country says:
“In the words of Mr. May a group of radio Amateurs visited Ethiopia in January 1993, with their equipment to operate from the country. He said that it was during this time the existing licensed amateurs namely ET3AZ, 9E2A, ET3SID, 9F2CW and ET3DX formed, with other interested persons, the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society in name.”
In July 2011 Sid organized an RSGB International RAE exam in Addis Ababa and later in December 2011 he took part in administering the FCC exams which saw 57 people achieve passes enabling them to get USA amateur radio licenses, a significant turning point for amateur radio in Ethiopia.