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Peter K. Onnigian, an innovative electronics engineer and founder of Jampro Antennas, Inc., passed away March 13, 2015 in Sacramento. He was 93. Onnigian was born on April 11, 1921 in Chicago. He received his amateur radio license, W6QEU, in 1936 and his First Class Radiotelephone license in 1938. His first job was with Western Air Express as a communications operator sending and receiving messages in Morse code. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army Airways Communications System (AACS) and served in India and Singapore during World War II. He returned to California in 1946 and worked for KGST in Fresno and later was Chief Engineer at KBET-TV (KXTV) in Sacramento.
Onnigian was granted patent 3,541,570 in 1970 for the circularly polarized FM radio station antenna which is now in use by thousands of FM stations around the world. He was a member of several professional organizations including the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE Fellow) and the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He wrote the chapter on FM broadcast antennas in McGraw Hill's NAB Broadcast Engineering Handbook and delivered 17 antenna papers during annual conventions of National Association of Broadcasters.
Onnigian is survived by his wife of seventy-two years, Sadie Onnigian, his son Phil Onnigian, daughter Kathie Huff, and five grandchildren.
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Pete was a real pleasure to know. He will be missed.
— Mike Flud