Farewell, Rooster

Many of you have gotten to know Rooster and Peanut, through the videos by Steve WG0AT, the Alpha Goat. Some of you have been fortunate enough to meet the goats in person, which is always a real treat. I blogged about Steve and his goats a number of times, see this posting that highlights one of Steve’s videos.

Today we received the sad news that Rooster has died, a Silent Key in ham radio jargon.

Rooster and Peanut, the most famous SOTA Goats in the entire world

Rooster and Peanut, the most famous SOTA Goats in the entire world

Steve sent this message:

It’s with deep sorrow I have to make this announcement …”Rooster” goat died suddenly last night of unknown causes …his trail buddies will soon be scattering Rooster’s ashes on many SOTA peaks throughout western NA

Rooster, we sure are going to miss you!

73, Bob K0NR

Bob Witte, KØNR, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Colorado, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

9 Responses to “Farewell, Rooster”

  • W3FIS:

    I really love those videos! Hopefully, they will get a new kid…

  • KK8ZZ:

    So sorry to hear about Rooster ! He had become a BIG part of ham radio lore… and Steve’s comments about him will be sorely missed….. Bob KK8ZZ


    So sorry to hear about the loss of Rooster.
    Even a few school kids around here know and have seen him on the U tubes.
    I know the hurt you carry because I been there myself.
    Take care of Peanut
    BOB AF2Q
    Wilderness Elite Search & Rescue
    Severe weather-Swift water Pet rescue

  • Daryll VE3LFN:

    It’s a sad day in the ham community, a true ambassador to the hobby.
    Always a joy to watch in Steve’s priceless videos.
    Daryll VE3LFN

  • Cliff KU4GW:

    So sorry to hear about this! I truly enjoy Steve’s “QRP in the Field” and SOTA videos with Rooster & Peanut! My sincere condolences to WG0AT Steve on the loss of his four-legged friend and pet. Rooster will be sorely missed in Steve’s future videos.

  • Dave K1THP:

    Sorry to hear about Roosters demise. My wife KA1DTU and I met you at Mascon 2010 and really enjoyed hearing about how the guys came to be part of your on the air family. Before that I was lucky to work you folks on the air. I enjoyed the videos thru the years and am really going to miss Rooster. For a goat he had a lot to say for himself! Hope to work you Steve on many more trips to MT Herman and other wonderful QTH’s for years to come. It will just be a bit less (qrp?) without Rooster in the videos.
    Dave K1THP

  • Alan Ke4nu:

    Sorry for loss, we lost our old girl last month (goat)and it was a very sad day around here. Even though we still have several goats Old Ruby didn’t know she was goat and was part of our family for 15 years. We actually moved her from Alabama all the way to Montana. We have to know they had a great life and enriched our own and know they’ll be waiting for us on the other side. Rooster and Peanut made the video really entertaining to nonhams so everyone could enjoy them. RIP Rooster

  • John vk2jb:

    Such a shame it certainly won’t be the same without Rooster. I have watched most of the videos and Steve’s special bond with Rooster and Peanut was plain to see, rest in peace 73’s little friend.

  • Greg W2MYA:

    Dr Steve:So sorry to learn of Rooster’s passing today New Year’s Day 1/1/18..We first met on SKN 2009,and I’m on your you tube that you posted of same.I followed with interest,all of your mountain treks with your animals to go on the air from these portable operations. At any rate Steve,a most Happy Healthy New Year for 2018! Perhaps you will see your way(If not already)to replace Rooster with a new goat so that Peanuts will have a companion..The best to you for 2018 es hpe to cu on the air agn soon. Vy73, Respectfully, Greg Mitchell-W2MYA
    West Caldwell, N.J. 07006

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