Jul 14

Just received this info courtesy of the San Antonio Radio Club… better late than never, I guess.

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Mr. Curtis Edward Swafford, born on July 24, 1941 in Riceville, Tennessee, passed away at age 77 on September 17, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Calhoun High School and TN Wesleyan College. Curtis served in the Air Force and he devoted his career to working at Randolph Air Force Base – Civil Service. Curtis is survived by his son, Mark Morga and wife Tara Morga; daughter, Christine Garza and husband Mark Garza; sister, Faye Burger and husband Carey Burger; and grandchildren, AnneMarie Garza, Stephanie Garza, Karina Morga, and Gabriela Morga. Some of Curtis’ hobbies were ham radio – W5PKE and bowling league.

Normally that would be the end of his story, but his family graciously allowed members of SARC to attend an estate sale of his treasure trove of years of collecting amateur radio equipment. Apparently, Curtis was into a lot more hobbies than just ham radio and bowling. He was into graphics art and computers from what we could see.

His memory will live on as other club members use his equipment to talk around the world. By the huge stack of QCL cards sitting by his desk, he made many contacts around the world. (A QSL card is a written confirmation of either a two-way radio communication between two amateur radio stations)

Curtis is gone but not forgotten by members of San Antonio Radio Club. While many of us did not know him while he was alive, we bonded with him through purchasing his equipment. His legacy will live on though many SARC members using his equipment once more to talk around the world.

Via: San Antonio Radio Club newsletter editor

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Jul 2

It is with extreme sadness, that I announce the passing of Bill WX5W Roney.

Bill was an Amateur Radio operator for over 56 years and for over 4 decades was a powerful voice and influence in San Antonio Amateur Radio, I was fortunate to meet Bill on the air early 2005, and in person a few months later. A strong friendship and bond developed and in 2006 Bill and I founded the Unusual Suspects Amateur Radio UNCLUB. This grew rapidly into one of more popular Groups, with our UNCLUB format, of just having fun and taking the politics, formal meetings, etc out of the mix…….We could just be hams being hams.

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Apr 23

With Heavy Hearts we are sadden to report the passing of a fixture to the 147.380 repeater. W8SYD, Byron passed early Monday Morning. Survived by His Wife Christy and children. We will keep up to date once arrangements/memorial service has been made.

There will not be any public services.

SILENT KEY – W8SYD – Byron’s history

Started in Barberton, Summit County, Ohio with WN8SYD August 4, 1954 at the age of 12. My elmers were my Dad (electronics guy but nonham) and W8KAY who ran a KW on 144.300 CW for decades. I guess he was responsible for putting CW in my head forever. First rig was a Philmore NT-200 kit 6L6 (25w), an old S-40 with HBAVC, S-Meter & Q-multplier, 450 ft long wire at 50 ft., and a knife switch for T-R.

Mom was licensed WN8SYE at same time. Her station was upstairs NC-125, HB 2E26 A@30W AM and 8 half-waves in phase at 60 ft on 2M and a TBS-50D on 6m and a 4-el Yagi at 40ft.

1955 Built Johnson Ranger, HB 3-807s@2KV 811A mods, @ 500W AM. Sat for the General with the infamous FCC Engineer W8DX at one of the first Dayton Hamventions at the Dayton Biltmore Hotel in 1955. Received W8SYD May 5, 1955 and now attend Dayton regularly. Was active on AM & CW in the 50s, SSB & CW in the 60s (back in the days of phonepatches and traffic nets with real traffic). 1960 converted 807s/801s to 3-400Zs/810s to KW AM and 2KW SSB. In ’66 went into the USAF, travelled, had kids, etc. So was inactive for a while, but I’m back!! Rigs became SDRs, 3-500Zs and towers and beams.

Have had several enjoyable careers: Radar Intercept Controller (Man & SAGE) USAF Electronic Warfare, Electronics & Computer Programming, DoD contractor, then scrapped my techie hat and pay, to become a Clinical Social Worker, and the friendly neighborhood shrink.[g] Retire 2 years ago due to med problems. Now back to age 12 and on air 24/7.

2015 Equipment: SDR-1000, SDRTEC WonderRadio, FT-100D, TS-930S, NCX-3, Drake 4C Twins, NC-300, Ranger I, S-40, HW-16 and lots of other STUFF. Several 2m / 70cm rigs. LK-500ZC and SB-220 Amps. Homebrew 4-1000As in progress. Several HTs.

Antennas: A4S, 160m G5RV, 5el on 6m, 22el on 2, 5 el on 1.25, 27el on 70cm. 6m and 10m vert. 144/440 multi-el vert collinear. All are on a recently added 100′ Aluma crank up. old tower 40ft homebrew (1957) tiltover with 50 ft pushup out the top.) Also have 80m and 40m NVIS beams.

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is everything I everdreamed about as a kid (the penultimate rig). Computer software and SDR make everything possible. I acquired a WonderRadio (SDR-1000 clone) to develop some new ideas.

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Jun 25

I am very sorry to announce that fellow HAMster and long time Amateur Radio Operator Harry Jordan W5CRS passed away yesterday at 4:pm.

Harry has been hospitalized for little over a month after suffering a sever stroke and unfortunately did not recover from the results of the stroke which left him unable to speak, or open his eyes.

Harry will be remember for his sense of humor, and his high energy level and enthusiasm for Amateur Radio, even though he was in his 80’s he was still full of energy and excitement like a kid when it came to HAM Radio and was hard at work to build a high quality 2 meter SSB Station to take part in many of the HAMster activities, building a repeater and was hard at work building a 6 meter repeater.

Harry will be missed.

Please keep Harry and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this rough time.

Service Announcement for Silent Key Harry Jordan W5CRS.

Visitation will be Wednesday June 27th from 6-9pm, Funeral will be June 28th at 11:am.

Both will be at Mission Burial Park South, followed by as procession to Oakley Cemetery on Hardy Rd, then a reception to follow.

Greg N5XO

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Jun 18

I am sad to announce that Royce Taylor KA5OHJ passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 of Heart Failure. Voice had suffered multiple heart attacks in the past in had been suffering poor health for the past couple of years.

He and his wife Diane, just gone shopping and returned home. He collapsed as he entered the house. EMS was called, But they could not revive him. A private ceremony was held this past Saturday, on June 16th for family and close friends of the family only.

Discussion was held regarding a memorial service being held at a later date, but I have no information concerning it.

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Jan 8

N5JFA Vernon F. Kelley N5JFA passed away 01/01/18 at the age of 81. Vernon was born in Hamburg, Arkansas on 03/02/1936.

He was a 27 year veteran of the Air Force, which he followed as a Vice President at SACU. He was a member of the Harlandale Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Temple and a Shriner. He was a 25-year member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, and a recent member of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Joanna Kelley, his daughter and son-in-law Kathleen Kelley-Sanchez and David Sanchez, his son Brian Kelley, and a wealth of close friends who will miss him dearly.

He had a very full life. He loved to fish and play pinochle. Was an avid HAM radio operator N5JFA and a die-hard lover of the Cowboys, Longhorns and Spurs. His years of military service and traveling with his family took him many places in this country and abroad.

Visitation 01/11/18 4pm-6pm; Funeral Services to follow at 6pm at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church with a graveside interment 01/12/18 at 9:15 am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Published in Express-News on Jan. 7, 2018

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Jan 5

Charles Manley III, passed away on January 3rd, 2018. For those that knew him and wanted to visit and celebrate his life with us, here is the info.

Visitation will be from 6pm-8pm tomorrow (Friday, January 5th) at Mission Park North Funeral Home at 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio, TX 78230.

Memorial service will be Saturday at 11am at Concordia Lutheran Church at 16801 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78258.

If you want to view the funeral service, go to http://www.concordia.cc/videostream

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Jun 25

Clifford James Buck passed away on June 19, 2017. Born in Kirksville Missouri, he is survived by his wife, Jill, his son, Jamie Buck and his wife, Stepsons Edward, Lee and Robert Hocking and their families, his Aunt, Betty Mudd, and his sister, Dorotha Drittler and her family.

A Marine Vietnam vet who served two tours, he was proud of his 10 years of service. He was active in amateur radio as W5CJB which will now be a Silent Key.

No service is planned. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Helotes Humane Society, at 10675 Shaenfield Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254, the Poquita Paws Rescue, at 1248 Austin Hwy. #106 PMB 324 San Antonio, TX 78209 or a charity of their own choosing in his name.

Published in Express-News on June 25, 2017

[Editor Notes: Jim and his wife were / are members of at least 2 ham clubs in the area, Alamo Area Radio Organization (AARO) and Medina County Amateur Radio Corporation (MCARC). Jim was well liked and will be missed. – Lee N5NTG]

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Jan 13

Billie F Woodard K5BFWBillie Ferris Woodard, Jr., K5BFW, age 57, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Brady, Texas to Billie F. and Helmi Woodard on January 12, 1959. Billie loved driving 18-wheelers throughout the lower 48 and was active in the AARO and ROOST Ham Clubs.

He loved keeping in touch with family and friends by phone. He was very personable and was loved by his family and friends.

Read full obit here…
http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/show/Billie-Ferris-Woodard-104268060

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Dec 9

San Antonio Hams,

It saddens me to inform you my Father, Leslie Dale (former NI5S) passed away on December 7, 2016.

He had been an active Amateur Radio Operator throughout his adult life and in his later years he served as an Examiner. He has met many people through Amateur Radio and has always held a high admiration for those that enjoy his passion.

Please feel free to share this with members of your organization. Who may know him and want to attend the funeral.

Arrangements with Porter Loring Funeral Home are being finalize and will be posted shortly. You can also contact me at (210) 289-9699.

UPDATE: The Funeral Services will commence on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church (2504 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212) and conclude with Full Military Honors at South Mission Park Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements by Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.
http://www.porterloring.com/

Thank you,
Lynda Dale-Roos
WB3BFH

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