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Chuch Reville (K3FT)
October 11, 2004
PVRC Member & W3LPL operator Chuck Reville K3FT, a frequent contributor to eHam.net, was found in his home by family members after they were unable to contact him for several days. Exact date of and cause of Chuck's passing have not yet been released, nor has any information about funeral or other memorial arrangments.
Thanks to Bernie McClenny W3UR & The Daily Dx for this sad news.
Contributed by: Ron Notarius W3WN (WN3VAW)
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"Chuck" Reville, K3FT, a world-class CW and phone contest operator passed away several days ago. He was first licensed as WN3LQV in 1968, and became K3FT in 1976. He was fortunate to combine both his hobby and job(s). Chuck held both first class Radio-telephone and Telegraph licenses. From 1976-82 he was an operator at ship-to-shore Baltimore station WMH. In the 1980's he joined the Merchant Marine and was Chief Radio operator aboard several ships, include the "Comfort" during the first Gulf War. He also worked for the former Field Operations Branch of the FCC. Chuck wa a hyper-active ham. I note in the QRZ site, the number of lookups for K3FT total an incredible 2739! In recent years Chuck was best known for operating contests under various multi-op stations including W3LPL, W3PP and WR3L. He won the Maryland QSO Party twice, and two years ago came in ninth nationally in the ARRL 10-meter contest. He was an avid member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) and was active in the local ARES chapter, and in the Maryland CW Net. Chuck was only in his early 50's. Ham Radio can ill-afford to lose hams of this stature.
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Chuck was many things to all people.
To me he was opinionated, bombastic, great humorist, solid citizen and possibly the best thing in amateur radio. The best CW op I knew. His personal project was to build his radio resume listing all the groups and contests he had participated with and in from the beginning of his amateur radio career. Too bad he didn't get to finish it. Very active with RACES. Could be relied upon for any public service event in the central Maryland area. He's one for the radio ages.
From what I've heard, there will be no viewing. Services will be at Rucks Funeral Home at 1050 York Road, Towson, Md. 21204 at 2 PM on Tuesday, October 19, 2004. Internment will be at 4 PM at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens on 200 East Padonia Road, Cockeysville, MD. 21030.
You won't have any trouble finding the procession from the funeral home. Just look for the line of cars sporting ham antennas on them.
And expect it to be long.
Contributed by: Greg Stec (K3ANG)
"Chuck" Reville, K3FT, a world-class CW and phone contest operator was found dead on Monday, October 11, 2004. He had turned 50 in March, 2004. He was first licensed as WN3LQV in 1968, and became K3FT in 1976. He was fortunate to combine both his hobby and job(s). Chuck held both first class Radio-telephone and Telegraph licenses. From 1976-82 he was an operator at ship-to-shore Baltimore station WMH. In the 1980's he joined the Merchant Marine and was Chief Radio operator aboard several ships, include the "Comfort" during the first Gulf War. He also worked for the former Field Operations Branch of the FCC. Chuck was a hyper-active ham. I note in the QRZ and eHam sites, the number of lookups for K3FT total almost 2800 entries! In recent years Chuck was best known for operating contests under various multi-op stations including W3LPL, W3PP and WR3L. He won the Maryland QSO Party twice, and two years ago came in ninth nationally in the ARRL 10-meter contest. He was an avid member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) and was active in the local ARES chapter, and in the Maryland CW Net. Ham Radio can ill-afford to lose hams of this stature. I know he was working on a private project when he died, building a "radio resume." It included a list of the Field Days and other radio contests he involved himself in, either as a solo operator or with clubs. He was active in RACES and many public service events in central Maryland. His CW etiquette and knowledge of radio protocol was second to none. Truly an outstanding CW operator and first-class contester.
Contributed by: Greg Stec (K3ANG)
Charles (chuck) Reville 1954-2004
Amateur Call sign K3ft
A friend and servant. Those who knew Chuck will always remember that as a friend he was more like family and would give his time and talents freely. Others will remember his life of service.
The two largest jobs he held were in the FCC enforcement bureau and working in the Quality Control world for DOD projects and customers. As with everything Chuck excelled at both and served in the latter in excess of 20 years. He spoke highly of these positions and considered them important service to the public community.
Actively involved in contesting with several clubs, Chuck also supported in church with spiritual, financial and technical contributions. Each year Chuck used some of his leave as a volunteer to help run a camp in VA for children who would otherwise never have such educational and memorable experiences.
When the USS Comfort (a hospital ship) went overseas on a medical mission of mercy, Chuck was among the first to volunteer. He left his life, job and responsibilities here to again serve where needed (without pay). Although it took him many years to completely recover from the cost impact, he would have gone again without thought.
Named after his father, Chuck recognized the value of family and dearly loved each one of three sisters. Chucks Dad passed away many years ago and Chuck enjoyed a special bond with his stepfather. His mother is still alive and Chuck would visit her on a regular basis, sometimes to simply talk.
As a “brother-in-law” I experienced the loving way in which Chuck treated his family ,both blood relatives and extended members. I can think of few others have met in like so willing to accept an individual as face value, my deeds and actions.
Donations in Chucks name may be made my those who wish to the ARRL spectrum defense fund. God Bless Chuck, SK K3FT and grant peace to each of us who will miss him, we will miss him dearly.
DE Don Baker
Nancy Reville (Sister)
Contributed by: Don Baker (N2MCG)
I worked at WMH at Dundak Marine Terminal
with Chuck...fine person...first rate CW
opr...and a long time friend...damn what
a shock...we just exchanged emails concerning BPL...I'll miss him.
Contributed by: Earle W. Johnson (W4EWJ)
Chuck was also a valuable peer reviewer of training materials developed for Virginia RACES, Inc. He was instrumental in development of the Virginia RACES Basic Operator Course Unit 4 - Traffic Handling Fundamentals, using the ICS Form 213.
Contributed by: Charles E. Harris (KE4SKY)
I met CHuck in the mid-1970's when he was WA3LQV and I was WA3RVR. If ever there was a definition of avid ham, Chuck was it.
He loved all aspects of hamming. He built. He ragchewed. He worked DX. He was the quintessential contester. He was "the grizzled cw traffic op" he would tell stories about.
Chuck was ver professional in his approach to net control and ran a tight net. Yet he had a good sense of humor too.
As a member of the "Royal Order of the Wouf Houng" he would point out the finer points of operating practice.
For Chuck, Amateur Radio wasn't just a hobby. It was a Service. An attutude that showed through his participation and coordination of Walkathon's, Bike Tours and parades.
He was active in RACES and ARES and was involved in emergency communications in the aftermath of the Johnstown Pa Flood of 1977, the Chase Md Amtrak Disaster in 1987 tropical storms Floyd in 1999 and Isabele 2003.
Chuck also was a professional in the communications field. He worked as a ship-to-shore cw op for WMH. He worked for a time for the FCC at the Laurel Md monitoring station and as a radio op abord the USNS Comfort during the 1991 Gulf War.
In addition to all these accomplishments, Chuck was a good friend and elmer to his fellow hams. He was there for me when I would organize public service comm events. He was a member of our VE team.
He will be missed by many, including me, in the local ham community.
Last June Chuck helped our radio club with Field Day. Here is a picture of him manning the CW position.
Rest in Peace and 73 old friend.
Contributed by: AC3P (AC3P)
Chuck, K3FT will be surely missed by the members of: TBTM (Take Back Ten Meters).
Never met Chuck, however, I did work Chuck on 10 meters and of course, during a contest.
He took a time-out from the rigors of contesting and chat with a member of TBTM, that being me.
He shall and will be missed. A fine Gentleman, dedicated to a worthy cause of getting rid of illegals operating on 10M.
TBTM shall not forget, Chuck K3FT.
Ray (Wally), KK7JK.
Contributed by: Ray (Wally) (KD7WGX)
Chuck, K3FT shall be missed by members of:
TBTM (Take Back Ten Meters).
Chuck was dedicated to cleaning up the 10
meter band of illegals, in particular, the foul-mouth truckers of this Country.
His help inspired others and myself to give the FCC data on 10 meter illegals.
You'll be missed, Chuck.
Contributed by: Ray (Wally) (KD7WGX)
Chuck was a good friend. We will miss him on the nets and the VE test sessions.
73 and RIP Chuck.
Frank and Pat
Contributed by: AC3P (AC3P)
I took this picture of Chuck in August or September 1984 at a retirement party for Ed Sienkilewsky, WA3SPM, our electronics teacher at Dulaney Senior High school. Chuck and I were in Ed's classes in the early 1970s.
Contributed by: Phil Karn (KA9Q)
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