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Steve Smith (WA4VWV)
March 20, 2006
Connecticut USA - (March 21, 2006) LATE BREAKING TIPSnet NEWS -- TIPSnet Program Manager Steve D. Smith, WA4VWV of Pawcatuck, CT passed away last week at age 59 in Westerly, RI. He was buried on March 20 in Windsor, CT.
Steve had been a licensed Amateur Radio operator for over 46 yrs. Taking the information directly from QRZ.com, we quote his bio which tells a little more about our intrepid Program Goober... (written by Steve) -
Extensive detail available, but suffice it to say that he has been involved with amateur radio for 46 years, yet was still a kid at heart.
Most recently he was News Director and talk show host for a network of commercial radio stations from Vermont to Florida. (Having to go to work at 0430AM got to be dull, boring and physically ruining!
Other history includes Sales Manager for Regency Electronics, way back when they introduced 2 & 6 meter gear, then Bell & Howell Communications, SONAR Radio, REPCO Electronics, Communications Supervisor for City of Des Moines, Iowa, an independent rep serving Yaesu, Shinwa, DX Radio and about a dozen other lines.
Ham history includes Assistant Director of SE, Midwest and Central Divisions, SEC of Georgia, Iowa and Indiana. Have been a member and/or officer of the Communications Marketing Association, Associated Public Safety Communications Officers, Electronic Rep Association, Radio Club of America and ARRL.
Both CT U.S. Senators, Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman had sent regards as well as the Ambassadors from Jamaica and Brazil...but the real surprise for brother Joe was to answer Steve's cellular telephone to discover our former President Jimmy Carter wishing him well. Steve was on his staff, while Governor of Georgia, many years ago while in Atlanta, GA where he was also active in the Atlanta Radio Club.
Steve also was quite well known in sports having played professional baseball for Indianapolis (AAA) in the Chicago Cubs farm system and professional hockey for the Springfield Indians.
In going through emails from his extended family and friends during his illness here are some additional comments..
When he returned to Connecticut a couple of years ago, he immediately became involved in the TIPSnet mostly checking in on EchoLink (fostering this new concept as he lived in an antenna restricted apartment complex) and made a huge impact in the Net. Forever trying to bring the world internationally together through Ham Radio and the TIPSnet. One net had over 1,000 check-in's over 28 countries, and an uplink via satellite to the Infinity Network.
And he always remembered his radio roots, a little secret to be told was he had almost daily discussions on 75m 3.880 with other hams while they were all in schools in the Windsor, CT area while they were in High School some of the check-ins included CT Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC, K1EIR, our TIPSnet Manager Anne West, K1STM and a few others.
And through it all one common thread always thought of were his international friends all over the world.
TIPSnet will never replace someone quite like Steve. A great friend and colleague.
Contributed by: Raymond C Sabb (N1TAI)
I have many fond memories involving Mr. Smith, AKA "Vomit With Vigor". I had the pleasure of dealing with Steve both professionally and personally in the early 70's. Steve was definitely a "Bon vivant"
and a jokester par excellente!
One of my fondest revenge pranks on Steve was when he was NCS on the Sunday Evening GA SSB Net. The old custom was to hang around on net frequency until net time and
keep the frequency open for the net. On this one Sunday evening I started talking to Steve from my mobile station about 35 miles from his location. As time went by towards Net time more stations came on and I became silent. What Steve did not know was that I and WA4BZU were driving to Steve's QTH. We arrived just in time to park under his antenna and check into the net. Steve came running out of his station looking like a cat that had been pulled through a knot hole backwards!
This was also one of his favorite stories to tell on himself.
On a more serious note, Steve served as an
officer in The Atlanta Radio Club, NCS for
the Ga SSB Net, ARES, and who knows what all. Steve left his mark in the Atlanta are and will be severely missed by all who knew him.
73 and RIP, Mr. Smith. I will miss you.
Contributed by: Carroll F. Neff, Jr. AKA "CAL" (K4JSR)
Steve was a Great Friend here in Atlanta Ga in the 70's helping build the Atlanta Radio Club into one of the Largest Hamfest Club sites in the South East US. Along with Chaz Cone W4GKF they moved the club from a local club Hamfest to the one of the Largest in the SEA. He also was an avid DX'er and was a Pricncipal in the Navassa Island Crew in the 70's along with many other local folks including Chaz. I last spoke to Steve less than a year ago on 20 Meters, something I had never done before. He will be missed.
Contributed by: Stephen T. Reynolds (W4CNG)
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