The Alford Memorial Radio
Club has several business sponsors that provide us with monthly door
prizes and gift certificates, a web site, and many other things that
help our club run smoothly and save us money. This month we are
honoring Ham Radio Outlet for all of the financial and
technical support they have given our club over the years. Many thanks
to Mark, Dale, Josh, David, and the rest of the helpful crew at HRO for
all they do for us. It is greatly appreciated.
NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS!
2013 Christmas Party Dinner
On December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm we will hold our annual Christmas Party in the Recreation Hall of the Church. Please note, this is in a different part of the church from where we hold our usual meetings. Please drive around to the back of the church.
To help us ensure we have enough to feed everyone without leaving any extra behind, we were requiring reservations. The reservations are now closed, but you are welcome to attend even without a reservation; we will do our best to accomodate everyone.
As always it should be a great time
Once again, 7:00PM December 12, 2013 Annistown Road Baptist Church, Recreation Hall at the rear of the church.
Willie Bussey, KA4VHM, SK
The Alford Memorial Radio Club has lost a long time member
and an amazing friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife of 50
years, Ann Lee and the rest of his family.
Willie’s obituary, as published in the Atlanta
Willie “Bill” Bussey, 77: Former Eastern pilot wished to fly as a child
“Bill” Bussey had a pilot’s license before he had a
“Bill” Bussey flew for the former Eastern Air Lines
from 1959 until 1991.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
When Willie Bussey was 16, like most teens he was
excited about getting his license. But unlike most teens, Bussey
wanted a license to fly more than he wanted a license to drive.
“He was far more interested in flying,” said his wife Ann Lee Bussey. “But yes, he did go ahead and get a driver’s
license too,” she added with a laugh.
Licensed to fly a 16, Willie Bussey dreamed of
flying since he was a child, his wife said.
“His mother told me that whenever he got the wishbone at dinner, he’d wish
for an airplane and an flight suit,” Bussey said, of her husband. “I’ve got a picture of him
when he’s 7- or 8-years-old in a flight suit.”
Bussey went on to become a pilot for the
former Eastern Air Lines and later became a flight instructor for an
Willie Clifton Bussey Sr., called Bill by
friends, of Stone Mountain, died Friday of complication from heart failure. He
A burial, with full military honors, is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Decatur. A memorial service
will follow at noon, at Eastminster Presbyterian
Church, Stone Mountain. A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of
An Atlanta native, Bussey who graduated from
Southwest DeKalb High School, worked at the Atlanta airport in the early ‘50s.
Most of the time he traded his $4-an-hour pay for flying time, his wife said.
“He used to say every now and then he’d have to take the pay, for a date or
something, but that wasn’t often,” she said.
He earned his pilot’s license the summer of 1953 and joined the Georgia Air
National Guard in 1954, where he started pilot training in January 1956. After
he graduated in June 1957, he attended a flight school at Perrin Air Force Base
in Texas, before returning to Georgia. By August 1959 Bussey
was working for Eastern Air Lines, where he spent the majority of his career.
There wasn’t much that could keep him on the ground, not even a furlough, said
Todd Jennings, a fellow pilot and friend.
“He did some crop dusting in Louisiana for a company owned by Delta Air
Lines,” his friend said. Once the furlough was over Bussey
returned to Eastern and continued his career. During his tenure, he flew a
number of aircraft for Eastern, including the 747.
“That was kind of a novelty for most of us, because the 747s were only with
Eastern for a short period of time,” Jennings said. “But he always bid to fly
the latest technology.”
Bussey, who was a captain for 19 years,
retired from Eastern in 1991. He then flew and trained pilots for EVA Air
Lines, until he retired in 1998.
“Training and aviation safety were a main concern of his,” said Jennings.
“And he was quite good at training other pilots.”
After retirement, Bussey continued to fly with
friends, including Jennings, until a couple of years ago.
“He kept up to date on aviation technology in retirement by meeting with a
group of pilots five to six days a week,” Jennings said.
If anyone asked Bussey to reflect on his career
in aviation, he’d quickly tell them, “I never had a job, and I loved every
minute of it,” his wife said.
In addition to his wife of 50 years, Bussey is
survived by his daughter, Laura Alice Bussey of
Covington; sons, Willie Clifton “Clif” Bussey Jr., and David Heath Bussey,
both of Atlanta; and sisters, GerrelldineBomar and Cindy Edmondson, both of Stockbridge
The Annual AMRC Club Officer Elections were completed on October 10th. The existing slate of incumbent officers were relected to continue to serve in exactly the same roles. Quite honestly, there were no other candidates nominated. "If someone else wants to run, I'll second it!" said club President, Steve N4TTY. As none did, the club will continue just as before. AMRC welcomes any candidate who wishes to run for any office. Our next elections will be in October 2014.
Field Day 2013
Field Day has come and gone and was a big success! Come to the July club meeting and hear some results. July 11 at the Annistown Rd. Baptist Church, 7:30PM. Click here for directions to the meeting
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 http://tinyurl.com/ham-101
Speaking of Hamfests. We have one coming up
in the very near future.
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
Tickets can be purchased in advance at
SK - KF4OKA Gordon Anthony --
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
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.
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.
de W4BOC Wooops. N4SEG, Steve
FIELD DAY 2011
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
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
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.
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
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 choice.
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
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
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.
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.
Elections are coming up in October - November.
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.
own Andrea Hartlage is running for the ARRL SE Division Vice Director
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.
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.
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.
Important Hamfests Dates to Remember !
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.
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.
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.
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
Special Olympic Games - May 21, 22, 23.
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
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.
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.
miss out on all the fun at the GARS Annual TechFest.
(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.
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.
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
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