TCG Silent Keys
We honor these TCG operators whose keys have gone silent
N5HV/W5HVV Rod Fitz-Randolph
From N5HV himself (Sept. 1, 1998)
Please: no tears or sympathy. This cat has had a much better life than
any white man has any reason to expect. It has been very rich and if I
leave tonight, I will leave with only one regret: that of leaving my
lovely wife to fend for herself. Other than that, I never in my wildest
life expected to have such a good life and I honestly feel that I’m
going to have to spend some time in Purgatory to make up for it!!!
When you hear of my going to the Happy DX Hunting Ground, toast my life
with some champagne!! The DX up there is going to be fantastic.
W4TYU Jean Geisler
GIESLER, JEAN V., JR. age 81, of Knoxville, died Friday, August 19, 2005 at Brakebill Nursing Home. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. Mr. Giesler attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was a U.S. Army Corps veteran serving during World War II and had retired as a quality engineer after 50 years with Robert Shaw Co. A very active amateur radio operator, he was W4TYU. He was preceded in death by a son, J.V. Giesler, III. He is survived by his wife, Blanche M. Giesler; son, Charles Bryson Giesler of Houston, TX; daughter-in-law, Victoria Hawkins of Houston; daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy and Joe Fleming of Kingsport, TN, Mary and John Harvey of Houston, Anne and Greg Abel of Austin, TX; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. Following a private interment, there will be a memorial service 5:30 P.M. Monday August 22 at St. John’s Cathedral with The Very Rev. John C. Ross officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Great Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 or Interfaith Health Clinic, 315 Gill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel
W0ETC Larry Lindblom
From K4RO: It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Larry Lindblom W0ETC. Larry was one of the TCG’s first out-of-state members, and he participated on TCG NAQP teams year after year. Larry was also a frequent operator at Iowa’s biggest superstation, N0NI, when not doing single op from his own station. W0ETC was a big fan of radio teletype, and he always made sure there were PLENTY of TCG teams on the air for the NAQP RTTY contests. In 2001 he took first place in the very first TCG RadioActive Report in the number of contests worked — this guy loved to operate. Larry W0ETC was a contest operator who played by the rules every time. His wisdom beyond contesting will leave a lasting impact on me forever.
N4TN Don Jones
Donald Wayne Jones (Ham radio call sign “N4TN”), 71, died Friday afternoon,April 3, 2009, at Hospice House in Bristol.
A native of Kingsport, he was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and served with the U.S. Army in Ethiopia for three years.
Wayne lived in Raleigh, NC, from 1980-1991 where he was employed with IBM as a computer programmer. He worked with IBM for 30 years, retiring in 1991.
Surviving are his wife, Glenda Joan Daugherty Jones of Kingsport; one son, Dr. Andy Jones, Cleveland, OH; two brothers, Olan O. Jones, Jr. and wife Sylvia of Kingsport, Paul Richard Jones, Sr. and wife Penny also of Kingsport; niece Sarah Jones Kitzmiller, Kingsport; nephews
Kevin Jones, Little Rock, AR, Paul Jones, Jr., Knoxville, and William P. Jones, Cumming, GA
NA4K Steve Woods
Steve Woods JOEL STEPHEN WOODS, age 66 of Athens, Tenn. passed away Monday, March 26, 2018, in Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens, Tenn. He was a native of Bristol, Va., resident of McMinn County since 1977, a son of the late O. H. and Vernice Geneva Wyatt Woods, and was preceded in death by his Son, Adam Keith Woods. He retired from TVA as an electrical engineer. He was an amateur radio operator with a call sign NA4K. Survivors include his Wife of 46 years, Donna K. Parham Woods of Athens, Tenn.; Two daughters and Son-in-law; Lisa and Guy Neisler III of Athens, Tenn. and Sara Woods of Madison, Ala.; Brother, Mark Woods of Cookeville, Tenn.; Daughter-in-law, Angie Woods of Jackson, Tenn., Two Grandchildren, Geneva Neisler and Guy Neisler IV; Step-Granddaughter, Jasmin Holt; several nieces and one nephew.
K4LTA Bill O'Kain
Bill O’Kain (and XYL Ruby K4UPS) Oak Ridge – Billy Joe O’Kain (Bill), 89, of Oak Ridge, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020. He was born February 20, 1931, at Jackson’s Chapel, TN, in Dickson County, and moved with his family to Concord, TN, in Knox County in September 1943. He attended Farragut High School in his 8th, 9th, and 10th grades before he and his family moved to Oak Ridge, TN, in May 1945. He attended Oak Ridge High School and played varsity baseball and basketball, graduating in 1948.
W4PV Pat Richmond
Patrick J. Richmond, age 68, passed away September 18, 2017. He was a member of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church. He was a HAM radio operator for over 50 years (W4PV). He retired from Northwest Middle School after 35 years of teaching. He was a loving husband and friend. Preceded in death by parents Frank C. and Genevieve C. Richmond and brother John Michael Richmond. Survived by wife of 29 years Diane Hankins Richmond; 5 nieces and nephews; special friends Bill and Sarah Greene and Wayne Wolfenbarger, as well as, friends whom he met through HAM radio. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday September 23, 2017 at 10:00a.m. at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church, Father Chris Michaelson officiating. Family will receive friends after the service. A private burial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to the Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church Building Fund in Patrick’s memory.
K3CQ Bill Hall
Rev. William Pollard Hall was born on February 13, 1932 and passed away on May 19, 2020. I (K4RO) had the pleasure of hosting Bill here for the 2000 CW Sweepstakes contest. He was a very good operator and really enjoyed ham radio. Bill helped establish a station at his retirement community and was heard in numerous contests until his passing — more evidence of his deep love for our special radio games.
K4OWR Bill Radice
Bill was an avid HF/VHF/UHF contest operator and served as a TCG officer not long before his passing. He worked hard to focus TCG’s efforts in promoting contesting. A brief history of some of Bill’s work in recording engineering can be found at the link below.
K4TMM Tom Mayse
W4BCG Billy Gage
First licensed in St. Charles, MO in 1976 with the call sign N0AUI, Bill relocated to Murray, Ky in 1991, and finally to Franklin, TN in 1997. Bill changed his call to W4BCG after settling in Tennessee.
An avid participant in RTTY and other digital mode contests, Bill was a regular contributor to TCG scores right up until his passing. He operated both from home and from a station that he set up in a retirement community.
Billy’s full obituary may be found at the link below.