Gene Beaver – W4PVI – SK



News on the Saturday morning (July 18, 2015) Eastern 40 Meter WBCCI RV Service Net was that Gene Beaver, W4PVI, passed away. He was feeling bad on Thursday then suffered a heart attack.

Gene was the net control operator for the second hour of the Eastern 40 Meter WBCCI RV Service Net on Saturdays.

Here is a copy of his obituary, which was published by the Wolf-Bayview Funeral Home in Foley, Alabama.

Gene Whitmore Beaver, 86, of Summerdale, Alabama passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 surrounded by loved ones.

Mr. Beaver was preceded in death by his daughter, Bonnie Lynn Beaver, his parents, Kermit and Elizabeth Thompson Beaver, and his wife’s parents, Tyree and Blanche Jones.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy “Dottie”, daughter Jeannie Martin and son-in-law Lloyd of Granbury, Texas, daughter Terri Hanson and son-in-law Bob of Sandy, Utah, grandchildren, Eric, Taylor, Danielle, Zach and Bridget, brother Kermit, sisters Betsy Yarbrough and Beverly Smith-Petersen and many other relatives and friends.

Gene loved his family. He served his country for 21 years in the United States Navy and continued his love of adventure for the remainder of his life, RVing to all 50 states, flying power parachutes and ultralights, off-roading, waterskiing, and competing in pickleball and pool.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Marlow UMC on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm. A burial service in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida will be July 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm.


Updated 20 July 2015 – Comments, Questions, Updates?


July 18 2015 | Members and Miscellaneous and News and SK | Comments Off on Gene Beaver – W4PVI – SK

Club Officers Elected at 2015 Annual Meeting

Members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International’s (WBCCI) Amateur Radio Club elected officers for 2015-2016 at its annual business meeting. The meeting was held this year in Farmington, New Mexico.

Newly elected club officers are:

  • President – Joel Ware, KD7QKK
  • 1st Vice President – Bruce Fried, K5YXN
  • 2nd Vice President – Steve Padgett, K4NM
  • 3rd Vice President – Jeff Dalrymple, N5YEI
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Wag Wagnon, W9WAG
  • Recording Secretary – Don Williams, KD6UVT
  • Director and Immediate Past President – John Green, W9CJX

The WBCCI Amateur Radio Club sponsors the RV Service Net.

WBCCI ARC Officers

L-R: Jim (N5RTG, facing new officers), Joel (KD7QKK), Bruce (K5YXN), John (W9CJX), Don (KD6UVY), Jeff (N5YEI) and Steve (K4NM)

posted 10 July 2015 – Comments? Questions? Updates?

July 10 2015 | News | Comments Off on Club Officers Elected at 2015 Annual Meeting

Dr Leon Curry W4TYM [SK]

Dr Leon Curry, W4TYM (SK) passed away Jun 8, 2015. The below obituary is from the Kennedy Funeral Home of Metter, GA. If you want to send a card to Helen, please use their address from his QRZ listing.

Dr. Leon Estese Curry of Metter, GA, a patriot, physician, and author, died after a 22 year battle with coronary disease. He was 78. Born in Jasper, Florida, he was a 1955 graduate of Metter High School. After Emory University and Emory Medical School, he served as an Army flight surgeon and commander of the 8th Medical Detachment. In 1965 he established one of the Vietnam War’s first medical camps at Ban Mê Thu?t. Upon his return to America, he practiced family medicine and nephrology at Medical Associates of Metter and Candler County Hospital, where he founded the first rural dialysis center in Georgia. He conducted some of the earliest research with childhood ADHD in the 1970s, and partnered with multiple universities on research projects. He was founder and leader of The Hypodermics, a popular big band. An instrument and commercial-rated pilot for more than 30 years, for a time he operated the local FBO. He served as Colonel commanding the 165th Medical Group, 165th Tactical Airlift Wing, Savannah. He was president of the Metter Road Runners RV Club, the Metter Ham Radio Club, and on the board of Candler County Hospital. His medical diagnosis experiments with Illinois psychic Greta Alexander were the subject of his book, The Doctor and The Psychic. He served as net control on the National Ham Radio RV Service Net. Dr. Curry was preceded in death by his parents, William Elliott Curry and Edna Estese Elliott Curry and a brother, Dr. Hiram Curry. Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Helen Tanner Curry of Metter; two sons, Stephen Curry of Birmingham, AL, and Chris Curry of Richmond Hill; a grandson, Zane Curry of Richmond Hill; a brother, Bill Curry (Bobbie), sister Sarah Grimes (Kelly), sister-in-law Sherry Maharrey, brother-in-law Bob Tanner (Diane), and numerous beloved family members. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 am, Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Metter United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Adams and Rev. David Hibberts officiating. Burial will be in the Lake Cemetery with Military Honors observed. Visitation will be Thursday, 9:00-11:00 am, at the church before the service. Pallbearers will be Terry Manuel, Dale Fordham, Ray Tootle, Kendall Gross, Larry Hadden and Mark Bland. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Dorsey Smith, Dr. Gary Branch, Dr. Roger Beville and staff of Candler/St. Joseph’s Medical Group and the Candler County Hospital Authority Board. The family appreciates flowers but prefers contributions to the Candler County Hospital Foundation. Guest book:

Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, of Metter is in charge of arrangements.
posted 20150609 n5rtg/portable

June 10 2015 | Members and SK | Comments Off on Dr Leon Curry W4TYM [SK]

Web Pages Updates

July 2015 – Updated club officers for 2015-2016.

Today the Club revised the Nets Schedule page to reflect Pacific Coast added time for early check-ins.

Also today, the Club posted the Summer VE Session in Farmington NM (Saturday Jun 27 at San Juan County Fairgrounds.)

The May 2015 edition of The Bulletin is on line for members at this link (requires your member password.) If you want to read it and aren’t yet a member, check out our easy membership application system. We can get you signed up easily (and inexpensively) and you can be reading the newsletter in no time at all.

If you’re already a member and can’t get your password working, please email us and let us help you.

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May 23 2015 | Members and Nets and News | Comments Off on Web Pages Updates

QST! QST! QST! News for Members

Several important announcements for members, UPDATED 10/15/2014

(1) The members only passwords have changed. We have sent these to each member this week (week of 12 October) to all current members (dues paid through at least 30 Jun 2015). If you didn’t hear from us, and felt you should have, please click on Member Services. and let us know?

(2) The on line directory of members is up to date through 15 Oct 2014, for all members with dues-paid through at least Jun 30 of 2015.  Posted today 15 Oct 2014.

(3) Sad news, we’ve heard in the past several weeks of six of our members becoming SKs.  News on these available in The BULLETIN, due out not later than Nov 1 to all members.  And members who elect for electronic-only edition will receive it not later than Oct 18.

If you do NOT see your call/name, or we have listed it incorrectly, PLEASE email us and let us know — we can fix what we know about, and promise to do it quickly.  (If your NEW password doesn’t work, email us and we’ll figure out how to get you in.)

(2) Our Club’s on line renewal AND new member registration continues working fabulously.  The vast majority of new memberships are via the optional on line portal with payments through PayPal.  Your fee for this is only $1 (yep, one dollar US), no matter whether you pay for one year or up to five years.

(3) This week of October, WBCCI ARC will be represented, with amateur radio activities too, at WBCCI Region 12 Rally in Pahrump NV. Great thanks and good luck to Roger KD6FBF and Eric AA6EM!

If you want more information, please contact us by clicking on Member Services..

October 15 2014 | Members and News | Comments Off on QST! QST! QST! News for Members

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