ARRL Midwest Division Contest Advisory Committee Representative Jim Cochran, K0RH, of Valley Center, Kansas, died on November 1. He was 72 and an ARRL Life Member. Cochran was a well-known and award-winning contester and DXer, who enjoyed operating from St Maarten and was part of the 2010 PJ7E operation. He also was involved in the annual “Route 66 On the Air” special event. Among his honors, in 2011 Cochran won the plaque as the top-scoring QRP station in the ARRL November Sweepstakes phone event. He also placed fifth in North America.
Licensed in 1959, Cochran previously held the call signs K0WUI and KK0SS. He was a long-time member of the Valley Center Amateur Radio Club. During his working years, Cochran was employed at the Wichita Recreation Department and as a Wichita police officer before entering the real estate and bingo businesses.
Survivors include his wife Janice. A memorial has been established with the World Wide Ham Radio Operators Foundations. A service is scheduled for November 7.