RECENT NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS!
W4RSO - Hugh Price - SK
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our long time friend and club member W4RSO - Hugh Price.
Hugh A. Price, Jr.- W4RSO of Avondale Estates, GA passed away peacefully at his home on March 31, 2013 at the age of 91.
He was born in Gainesville, Texas to Hugh A. Price, Sr. and Virginia Price on April 23, 1921. In his formative years,
his family moved about in several states, settling in Milledgeville, GA. He attended High School and Junior College at
Georgia Military College where he graduated with honors in 1940. He proudly served his country for four years as a 1st
Lieutenant during WW II, two of these years in the Aleutian Islands. He met his wife, Doris Fowler, while they were in
college and were married a year after his return from the Aleutian Islands on December 4, 1944. After the war, they
built a small home in Auburn, Alabama so he could finish his education and he graduated from Auburn University with a BS
in Electrical Engineering (Communications) in December 1948. After graduation, he joined the Georgia Power Co. and
worked for 32 years developing a sophisticated Communication System. He is survived by his sweetheart and loving wife
of 68 years, Doris Fowler Price, four children - Doris Price Cannon husband Jerry, Hugh A. Price III wife Cheryl,
William P. Price wife Jan, Charles R. Price wife Denise, seven Grandchildren and seven Great-Grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at A.S. Turner and Sons Chapel, Decatur, GA on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM.
The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at 3:00 PM at West View Cemetery
in Milledgeville, GA. The family is asking in lieu of flowers please contribute in remembrance to Westminster
Presbyterian Church, PCA at 1438 Sheridan Rd., NE Atlanta, GA 30324.
W4NWK - Ray Stenger - SK
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of one of our long time club member W4NWK - Ray Stenger.
Ray was 97 and lived in Bartow Florida with his wife, Gloria S Stenger. We do not have the exact date or other information
about Ray, because he has been in Florida for many years.
The 1st Quarter 2013 E-TOTR is HERE!!!
The NEW E-TOTR is now available online either for a .pdf file download or a viewing online.
Spring is just around the corner!
Be sure your batteries are charged and ready kits up to date, because with one tornado already
hitting Georgia this year, this might be a very active spring. It is much easier to prepare ahead
of time than it is to rush to get what you need during a disaster.
Upcoming Fall Events
We are working on a possible club picnic and we will provide more info on that as soon as we have it.
On Saturday, October 27th, we will be supporting the United Methodist Church and their annual charities
walk around Stone Mountain. We normally arrive somewhere around 6:00am and work until just after noon. So
get your radios charged up and some fresh batteries in your flashlights. This is a good warm up for the following weekend.
The Alford Memorial Radio Club Hamfest will be on November 3-4, but there is a good bit of work to do in the days before the hamfest.
Thursday and Friday are our setup days where the boneyard and commercial tailgating spaces are marked with lime,
and some of the vendor spaces are setup in the main exhibit hall. On Friday, the tables are setup in the Flea Market so at noon on Friday
we can start accepting vendors into their Flea Market Spaces, Commercial Tailgating spaces, and main hall vendors can start
setting up. Friday from Noon till 9pm we need extra folks to help direct vendors where to go and help them setup.
We also need a few extra folks to provide security for all of the vendor's items. On Saturday and Sunday we need folks to work the event and on Sunday afternoon, we need folks to help us
clean up the fairgrounds, before we lock the gates behind us. It is a busy event but we are up to handling it.
Thanks for the Great Hamfest - Mr. Chairman
A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the hard working volunteers that put in lots of hours before, during, and after the hamfest to make it another success.
We also have to place a special thanks to our New Hamfest Chairman, Chris Balch because he has worked
hard this year to follow in Randy's large shoes and gave our club a profitable event that has made things like keeping our three repeaters on the air and giving us free Christmas parties. Thanks Chris.
A Special thanks to Randy for helping Chris through this first trying year.
2012 Field Day
Thanks to everyone that came out and worked so hard
setting up the antennas and everything, getting lots of contacts, and helping clean up at the end of it all.
I think a great time was had by all and the BBQ was pretty decent also.
SK - John Aaron - KI4ESV
With heavy heart we must report that our Vice President
and dear friend John Aaron, KI4ESV, has lost his battle with lung cancer. John past from this life on
Jan. 19, 2012 at a little past 1:00 pm in the afternoon. He was surrounded by his family and slipped
quietly away. He will be missed by all that knew him. The members of the Alford Memorial Radio Club
have lost a dear friend and fellow amateur radio operator.
Obituary, memorial service, and interment information follows:
John Aaron, age 68 of Decatur, ended
his battle with cancer on Thursday, January 19, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Bunny; children, Heather, Maggie and Nick; nephews, Christopher and
Matthew; and many other loved ones and friends. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January
22nd at 4:00 pm in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons, Decatur. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or The Cancer Survivor's Fund at DeKalb Medical Center.
The family will receive friends following the memorial service.
|| Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 4:00 pm
|| Following the service
A.S. Turner & Sons
2773 N. Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, 10:30 am
Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Veterans Cemetery Road
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (866) 236-8159
or (770) 479-9300
Directions from I-575N: Take exit 16, go left at the overpass and follow the signs to GA Highway 20.
Turn left (west) on to GA Highway 20 for approximately six miles, cross the Knox Bridge and the
cemetery entrance is on the right.
Is Ham Radio Relevant in the 21st century with iPhones and Blackberries?
Stephen Bentley will be asking this question at
the Stone Mountain Hamfest along with filming his documentary about Ham Radio. To find out more go to
Speaking of Hamfests. We have one coming up in the very near future.
We need alot of hams to help out on the weekend of November 5 - 6, 2011
because it is our main fundraiser for the year. It pays for the BBQ at field day, the Christmas party and lots of other things like
our repeaters, the electricity they use, their space leases, and lots of other items. Please support your club and we hope to see you at the hamfest.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at
SK - KF4OKA Gordon Anthony -- Updated Information.
It is with great
sadness that I must inform you that Gordon Anthony -
KF4OKA passed away today, July 18, 2011 at 11:56am.
Gordon was a Club Vice President for two years,
President for two years and the long time Net-Control for the Brown Bag Lunch Bunch and the Midnight Turnip Patch Net.
Gordon was the man to call on for directions to and from anywhere in Atlanta. I believe he held the record
for the most check-ins on the most nets in Atlanta. If there was an event held by the Alford Club or GARS,
Gordon was probably there, ready to operate in any capacity - as long it was from his trusty van. As far as I know he was loved by everyone
and will be missed by us all for many years to come. There are many hams in the Atlanta area that got their "Ticket"
because of Gordon, as he welcomed everyone as a friend.
The funeral details are as follows:
Gordon's funeral will be held tomorrow July 20, 2011.
Visitation will be from 9:00am to 11:00 at Strickland Funeral Home
at 355 Bear Creek Rd, Lavonia, GA.
Directly after the visitation, there will be a graveside service at Providence United Methodist Church, 2395 Providence Church Rd. Lavonia, GA 30553 also known as Hwy 77.
Directions to the Church: Take I-85 North approx 86 miles from I-285.
Take exit 177 for GA-77 S toward Hartwell/Elberton - 0.3 mi
Turn right onto GA-77 S/State Route 366/Whitworth Rd Continue to follow GA-77 S/State Route 366 Destination will be on the right - 2.2 mi
Directions to the Funeral Home: Take I-85 north from Atlanta approx 76.4 mi from I-285
Take exit 173 for GA-17 toward Lavonia/Toccoa - 0.3 mi
Turn right onto GA-17 S/Jones St Continue to follow GA-17 S - 1.3 mi
Turn right onto Bear Creek Rd - 0.3 mi
If you have any questions, call 706-356-1110 Courtney at Strickland Funeral Home.
In Leu of Flowers, Donations made to the Providence United Methodist Church Attention: Building Fund - In memory of Gordon Anthony 2395 Providence Church Rd Lavonia, GA 30553
It was my privilege to serve as Gordon's Vice-President and to help him errect his tower along
with Doug, Wally, Rick, Sharon, Bill, Karl, Larry, Jared, Al, Mary Anne and a few other hams.
FIELD DAY 2011 - UPDATE!
Thank you to everyone that helped
make our 2011 Field Day a great success. We all had fun and everything went as planned - well almost.
Anyway we will get some photos on the website as soon as I can figure out where I put the box that has
my camera in it. Ohh - maybe it is still in the trailer.
73 and thanks again.
W4BOC Wooops. N4SEG, Steve
FIELD DAY 2011
Field Day is June 25 & 26 starting at 11:00am at the Events Meadow in Stone Mountain Park again.
We can be located on the ARRL Field Day Locator at:
Just type in W4BOC' in the "Location or Call Sign" box and click on search.
ALSO... We need you to register for the Field Day BBQ Dinner
To Register for your FREE Dinner Tickets
CLICK HERE NOW!
SEDXC to host EQSL Founder Dave - N5UP
Date: Thursday 19 May 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Piedmont Hospital in the Rich Auditorium - More information at www.SEDXC.org
Everyone is invited to attend to learn about the electronic qsl card exchange that Dave has
created for Hams and SWL enthusiasts worldwide.
www.eQSL.cc is a global electronic QSL card exchange for amateur radio operators and SWLs.
It is designed to be the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to exchange QSO confirmations, eliminating the cost and time that regular QSL cards have
required for the past half century.
Bob Kirk - N4BAT - SK
Robert C. "Bob" Kirk - N4BAT passed away on March 19, 2011 at the age of 79.
Bob was a long time resident of Avondale Estates, retired GADOT employee and
Scoutmaster for Decatur Troop 6.
The Family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at A.S. Turner & Sons on
Thursday March 24. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 2:00pm at Tunnel Hill
United Methodist Church, Tunnel Hill, GA
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society,
Vista Care Hospice, Tunnel Hill United Methodist Church, or a charity of your
View the AJC Obituary
Respectfully submitted by: Robert Tyler with Information from Hugh Price and Ed Honeycutt.
Click Here to read the December 2010 E-TOTR. It's BACK!...
Do Not Miss The January 2011 Meeting.
Lots of special things go on at the January meeting and you do not want to miss any of it.
ANDREA HARTLAGE - KG4IUM, WINS VICE DIRECTOR POSITION!!!
Did we have any doubt that Andrea would not win the position. Andrea, still has a few more quarters in school before she graduates from Tech, but she will take on double duty in January as the SE Division Vice Director. Congratlations Andrea. We are all very proud of you and know that you will represent us with the best of your abilities. Thank you for taking on this position within the ARRL.
Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, was re-elected as Director of SE Division.
Congratulations to Greg as we appreciate the work Greg has already been doing for us. We know Greg and Andrea will make a great team at the ARRL.
ARRL Elections are coming up in October - November.
The ARRL will send out ballots in October and they must be turned in by November 19, 2010
We want you to be informed as to the candidates and their platforms.
Candidates for the position of Director for the South Eastern Division of the ARRL are:
Andrea Hartlage - KG4IUM is running for the ARRL SE Vice Director.
Greg Sarratt - W4OZK - Present Director
Greg's Website is: www.w4ozk.com
Greg's letter to all Hams is available in a Word .doc:
Greg's letter in Word .doc format
Greg's letter in Adobe .pdf format
Sherri Brower - W4STB - Southern Florida Section Manager
Sherri's Website is:www.freewebs.com/w4stb/
Sherri's letter to all hams is available in the links below.
Sherri's letter in Word .doc format
Sherri's letter in Adobe .pdf format
Doug Rehman - K4AC - President of Lake Amateur Radio Association
Doug's Website is:www.k4ac.com
Doug's Letter to all hams is available in the links below.
Doug's letter in Word .doc format
Doug's letter in Adobe .pdf format
Our own Andrea Hartlage is running for the ARRL SE Division Vice Director position.
Well, I guess we have to share Andrea with the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society, because she has been very active for many years in both clubs. Andrea has made a name for herself in Amateur Radio with more accomplishments than I can list here. She has been the ASM for Youth in Georgia, the Youth Editor at the ARRL and now she is running for Vice Director. It seems like Andrea has worked every event, walk-a-thon, parade, field day, hamfest including Dayton -(Worked - not Visited) and everything else a Ham could do, even going to Mars Space Camp to work with radios there.
If anyone in the SE has their finger on the pulse of Amateur Radio better than Andrea, I do not know of them. My Vote is for this young outstanding citizen as I look forward to all of the new and fresh ideas she
will bring to the hobby.
Andrea's Website link is: www.SouthEasternDivision.org
Andrea's letter to all hams is available at the links below:
Andrea's letter in Adobe .pdf format
Andrea's letter in Word .doc format
In all fairness we have posted the letters we have received from the other candidates in this year's election. Andrea's competition is this race is Jeff Beals, WA4AW .
Here is the link to Jeff's Website: www.wa4aw.com
Jeff's Letter to all hams is available at the link below:
Jeff's letter in Word .doc format
If you are still wondering why we wrote an article and placed a photo of Andrea on this site, and did not do this for the other candidates. The answer is simple, Andrea has grown up in this radio club and the article was originally to be about her alone. We have added information and links to all the other candidates sites so that you can check them out also.
Stan Plager - AB4CD - SK
Our friend and long time club member Stanley J. Plager has left this earth to go and play in the big hamshack in the sky. Stan passed away on September 3, 2010 with his wife Helen by his side.
Stan had been in ham radio for over 50 years and a member of the Alford Memorial Radio Club since before time, I think.
Stan at some point in time was the club secretary, vice president, and president. He taught code classes, and was a VE for the club for many years. He was one of the VE's to sign my first license and I won't forget his desire for everyone to learn the code. His Callsign AB4CD was not a vanity call, but the sign he was given when he became an Extra Class operator, many many years ago. Because he was around so long in ham radio, he had accumulated a little bit of stuff in his basement, and everyone always compared their shack's to Stan's basement, but as far as
I knew, no one ever matched Stan's stuff.
From my understanding, Stan was quite good at square dancing and loved BBQ even though he was originally from one of them Northern States..... Stan, you and your dry northern humor will be missed by us all.
Several Important Hamfests Dates to Remember !
Southeastern Division Hamfest, Huntsville, AL - - August 20-21, 2010
CLICK HERE FOR HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST INFO.
LaGrange Hamfest, LaGrange, GA - - October 9, 2010
CLICK HERE FOR LAGRANGE HAMFEST INFO.
Augusta Hamfest, Augusta, GA - - October 9, 2010
CLICK HERE FOR AUGUSTA HAMFEST INFO.
Al Brock Memorial Hamfest / Tailgate, Rome, GA - - October 16, 2010
CLICK HERE FOR AL BROCK HAMFEST INFO.
The Alford Memorial Radio Club Hamfest - - Lawrenceville, GA
November, 6-7, 2010 - Georgia State Convention.
CLICK HERE FOR STONE MOUNTAIN HAMFEST INFO
Field Day June 26, 27 2010
Our event will be held at Stone Mountain Park in the Yellow Daisey Field, the same place as it has been for the last several years.
We also expect to have a visit by the Mayor of Stone Mountain who will present us with a Proclamation from the City of Stone Mountain declaring June 26, 2010 to be Amateur Radio Awareness Day for the City of Stone Mountain.
The DeKalb EMA Office will be setting up their Field Support Tent as an exercise for their volunteers, some of whom are from our very own Ham family. This tent (or tents), I believe even include air conditioning, so we may have some place to visit (or even
catch a quick cat nap) for relief from the heat. Their plans are to leave the tent up over night and not take it down until we start to close down the Field Day site.
We also may have a visit from Director William Miller, the Public Safety Director for DeKalb County.
Map Link: 2010 FD Map
FREE PULLED PORK BBQ DINNER !
Again this year, we are asking all club members or visitors planning on eating dinner with us at our Field Day Event, to please make dinner reservations with us. There is not a charge for dinner or making the reservations, but we need to get a good count for the catering company. Our Dinner this year will be provided by Community BBQ on Clairmont Road, near Emory University. The pulled pork is really great, so come out and eat with us.
To Make Your Field Day Dinner Reservations Today !
CLICK HERE NOW !
Reservations must be in by June 21, 2010 !
For those of you that have never worked a Field Day event with us, here is a little time schedule of the events. Friday Afternoon many of the antenna and setup crew assemble at Stone Mountain Park. Antenna wires are strung across the field area from pine tree to pine tree. This goes on till almost dark.
Saturday morning, the crew has breakfast together somewhere along Hwy 78. After breakfast, The setting up of antennas, tents, trailers and misc equipment continues along with the insertion of ground rods till about 12 noon. Lunch is served, and then the radios come out and are setup and tested. The contact calling on the radios officially starts at 2:00pm Saturday and continues until 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon. At that time, we tear it all down and pack it all up, clean the place like we have never been there.
Oh yes.. The food... We eat lunch around 12:00 - 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon. There is a large dinner break from somewhere around 6:00 to 8:00pm Saturday Evening. Saturday night at Midnight, we have Midnight Grits and eggs and whatever else. and Sunday morning around 8:00am we have breakfast. In between we like to snack on peanuts, chips and anything else we can find laying around. Talking on the radio is really hard work and we need lots to drink and eat to keep up our
stamina. 73 and enjoy Field Day.
Forth of July Parade, 2010
Held on Saturday, July 3rd !.
The July 4th Parade in the City of Stone Mountain information:
The parade will actually be on Saturday the 3rd, not Sunday the 4th. We will need a lot of amateur operators in the park staging area by 7:30AM, but the parade doesn't actually kickoff until 10:00AM. After getting assignments, those that are not used in the staging area can proceed to their assignments along the route and take the time to visit Dr. Colletti's house for "refreshments," or maybe even bring a bite or two back to those working assignments in the park.
Please contact Steve, N4SEG, for further details. Email: N4SEG at ARRL.NET.
Dayton Hamfest - May 14, 15, 16, 2010
The Dayton Hamfest is just around the corner folks and although it's a long drive to to Dayton, Ohio, it is the greatest of all hamfests. While you are there be sure to look for our Club Treasurer, Les Scofield at the SCO Software table and some of our friends at the HRO tables.
Don't forget some of the other Hamfests that are a little closer.
On April 24, the Calhoun, GA Hamfest also on April 24, 25 - Gainesville Florida Hamfest, May 1, Spartanburg, SC Hamfest, and on May 8, the Byron, GA Hamfest.. So, if you cannot make it to Dayton, these local hamfests will be just as much fun, so don't miss them.
Georgia Special Olympic Games - May 21, 22, 23.
The SOGA Summer Games are held at Emory University again this year. These games are wonderful to watch and participate in. This is a great event to meet other hams and practice your ARES skills. My suggestions to you are to bring a bottle of water, a bottle of sunscreen, and something to snack on because you might not get lunch. These are items that should already be in your go packs. Recharge your batteries, Check your radio manual and we will see you there.
Radio Operators are needed - Please contact Steve Garrison, N4SEG at N4SEG@arrl.net
Rumors about the 76 repeater.
Yes, the rumors are true. The Repeater Manager, Vice President and others have been playing with the 76 repeater from inside the building atop of Stone Mountain. I am not sure what the results are yet, but hope to have more Motorola info later.
Walt Rowe - K4MJ - SK
Walter Frederick Rowe passed on the morning of February 3, 2010.
The visitation is Friday February 5, 2010 at A.S. Turner and Sons in Decatur. The Service will be held February 6, 2010 at 1:00pm. Graveside services will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Georgia. Walt was a long time member of our club and will be missed by all that knew him.
More information can be found at: A.S. Turner & Sons
We will post more information as we get it.
Don't miss out on all the fun at the GARS Annual TechFest.
Saturday, January 08, 2010 8:00am - 2:00pm
Find info at the following link: http://www.gars.org/
(We recommend this event to every ham no matter your age or years in the hobby. You will find something new to excite you about radios.)
The Granite Sentinel is now available.
Our own Dr. George Coletti's Book is available in limited editions right now and to get one of these special books, you must go to one of the book signings. The next book signing is scheduled for December 5, 2009 at the Wells Brown House in Stone Mountain, Signing starts at 7:00pm. Or-- You can drive to the Marietta Museum of History on December 11. Signing runs from 5:00pm to 7:00pm ...
After that you will probably have to wait until after Christmas for the full publication of the book.
You can read the first chapter and find out other information about the book at : http://www.thegranitesentinel.com
Johnny Fearon W4WKP, SK 11/13/2009
Johnny Fearon was promoted today, to operating the big hamshack in the sky. Johnny was loved by everyone that ever talked with him on the radio. He had been transmitting for over 50 years in Atlanta and was one of the original members of Atlanta's first radio club, the Atlanta Teenage Radio Club circa 1955. He was one of the best net controls you could ever ask for in a disaster and a mentor to all of us. Always cheerful and ready to discuss in detail any aspect of our hobby. He did not allow his disability to slow him down or keep him from coming to events, blind or not Johnny was there for Hamfests, TechFest, Disasters, Club meetings, Field Day and every other event you could think of. Our Prayers and sympathies go out to Johnny's family and our thanks go out to Johnny for all he gave to all of us in the Atlanta Amateur Radio Community.
The Memorial Service for Johnny will be held Saturday November 21 at Bible Baptist Church in Monroe, GA at 3:00pm. Bible Baptist Church is located at 1180 Old Madison Monroe Rd. Monroe, Georgia 30655