Peter W. Dahl, known for his custom-wound transformers, died Aug. 15.
This week’s obituary
stated that he died after a long illness. According to a past Radio World
story, he had been battling Parkinson’s. The progression of the disease
had forced the shuttering and liquidation of his El Paso, Texas-based business,
Peter W. Dahl Co. Much of his
business was purchased and designs acquired by Harbach Electronics.
Dahl was best known for his custom-wound transformers. They
were particularly popular amongst ham radio operators, though he also counted
radio and TV stations among past clients. He started in that business while
still at the University of Minnesota in 1964. Dahl used call sign K0BIT.
He had worked for Honeywell, Atlantic Research and
Brunswick. His company also did contract work for the U.S. government.
Radio World contributor Charles
“Buc” Fitch was an admirer. “It’s hard to argue with quality, and his firm made
a quality product,” he said today. “Literally thousands of transformers and
power systems, many of his own design, are a tribute to Peter's ability and
standards as they continue to operate day in and day out all over the world.”
Dahl is survived by his wife of 46 years, Clarice; daughter
Tamra and sister, Priscilla. He was involved in a number of community
activities, had been a ham himself and was an active Mason.
Dahl Shutters Company, Sells Its Parts (2008)
Retiring, Exiting Specialty Transformer Business (2007)