North Carolina ARES Western Branch NEW News
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- Paul, KD4OZI
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Catawba Valley Hamfest
Start Date: 04/21/2018
End Date: 04/21/2018
Location: Burke County Fairgrounds
145 Bost Road
Morganton, NC 28655
Sponsor: McDowell Amateur Radio Association
Public Contact: Michael Fox , KF4MWX
4895 Karen Court Morganton, NC 28655
Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR
Cherokee County NCARES/AUXCOMM
Southwest Carolina SKYWARN Net Manager
It is with a saddened heart that I must report the passing of Larry Shumway N5DHY (SK) overnight last night at the Erhlanger-Murphy Medical Nursing Facility after a long and courageous battle against cancer.
This information has been provided by Larry’s wife, Pat Shumway N4NVO.
Larry was a well liked and well respected member of the Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM team for a little over 5 years who will always be remembered for his frequent smile and good sense of humor. He was also well-liked by all of the local radio amateurs. Pat has indicated that she would like to have a memorial service at some point within a month’s time at the Brasstown Community Center, however, the date and time have not yet been set.
May God Bless and watch over Pat Shumway and family at this time of grief.
There will be a memorial Silent Key Last Call on the combined Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM and WCARS-Murphy Chapter Net on Thursday, April 19th, at 7:00 pm EDT/2300 UTC on the K4AIH 147.045- reapeater. (Echolink node KD4UYR /R 821243)
Former “Coast to Coast AM” Radio Show Host Art Bell, W6OBB, SK
Former “Coast to Coast AM” and “Dreamland” radio host Art Bell, W6OBB, of Pahrump, Nevada, died on Friday, April 13, at his home, the Nye County Sheriff's Office announced. He was 72. A KSNV news report indicated that Bell's family was with him when he died.
SK – The Wire Man N8UG - Pressley Jones
04-14-2018, 05:49 PM
Pressley W. Jones, N8UG, from Landrum, SC passed away 10 April 2018.
Information from thewireman website:
FAQ City: The Forgotten Cold-War Bunker Buried Outside Charlotte
NPR's WFAE (90.7 MHz) has a podcast called FAQ City that answers listener's questions about things dealing with the Charlotte area. A recent episode featured a Stanly County site and "stared" W4DEX. (Good interview Dex)
I imagine many of the younger hams in our area may not even be aware that Stanfield was home to a massive underground communications bunker, built by AT&T in the mid/late 60's and stayed operational until 1991. W4DEX spent the majority of his AT&T career there.
Several years ago, some club members were treated to a Saturday morning tour of the empty facility with Dexter. (There's a nice tower on the property and it's for sale, in case the club would like to consider a really secure clubhouse)
You can listen to the podcast by clicking this link:
The tour of the facility, mentioned in the podcast can be seen on YouTube here:
There are other YouTube videos on this bunker, just search "AT&T Stanfield" on YouTube and you will find several.
Some pictures, featuring a somewhat younger W4DEX can be seen here:
Click on the top picture for the slide show after reading the article.
If you get a chance to chat with Dex about his years underground in Stanfield, ask him about Air Force One. It's an interesting story.
Why ARRL is Recommending Enhanced HF Privileges for Technicians
A list of upcoming hamfests - Also check out our calendar of events!
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