Antenna Guru Bob Archer Dead Following Extended Illness

Bob Archer antenna
Bob Archer antenna

Navigation and communication antenna guru Bob Archer died last weekend at the age of 83 following a long illness.

Bob Archer started work in the Southern California aerospace community, beginning his career in antenna technology, in 1955 following service in the U.S. Air Force. In the early sixties Bob and a fellow worker at TRW started a small company making internal zero drag aircraft antennas for general aviation. The partner soon dropped out and Archer continued a successful, sideline business. His antennae have been particularly attractive to T-18 and composite (especially Lancair) builders. Archer’s wife and son, Lee Archer, intend to continue producing the Archer antennae and selling them through Aircraft Spruce, Chief, and Wag-Aero.

2 Replies to “Antenna Guru Bob Archer Dead Following Extended Illness”

  1. What a great guy!

    Dropped in at Compton Airport once to have him look at my VOR/ILS antenna (his design). He noticed immediately that the builder of my Lancair had added an extra element to the antenna. That detuned it and Bob proved quickly that we should cut it off by using a VSWR meter before and after. Has worked great since.

    Bob wouldn't take a dime for his effort. The industry will really miss such a gentlemen.

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob several times when he attended a couple of my California seminars. He was generous with his time and a valuable resource as a teacher and practitioner of the radio frequency arts.

    I am saddened by this news but wish his family well in their endeavors to sustain Bob's legacy.

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