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Francis Nakamura (WB4ETF)
June 23, 2008
Our Friend Francis Nakamura passed away last
week and will be missed by the many people who
knew him. Fran had been an engineer at WSOC
radio and TV for 35 years before retiring. In 1972
Fran was one of the founding members of the
Charlotte Amateur Radio Club (W4CQ). He could
always be counted on to keep the repeaters and
club HF station going, running phone patches for
servicemen and even serving up his famous Beef
Tariyaki at our Field Days. Fran was always willing
to help those who needed it. He knew so many
people that I used to joke you couldn't be a Ham if
you didn't know WB4ETF.
Into his 70's Fran was still climbing towers(in his
flip flops!) still working on repeaters, he never
complained, we could always depend on him to pull
a miracle just when we needed it. Fran was also a
patient teacher to many of us. I think it's safe to
say many of us joined the Charlotte Amateur Radio
Club out of our respect for him. Fran, even though
not a club officer was the heart and soul of our
group. I'm proud to be known as his friend.
Contributed by: Mike Miranda (W4DXL)
Fran had a beautiful fist on CW. I remember late, late one field day night when everyone was sacked out but Fran. He kept working stations on CW and I fell asleep to the "music" of his contacts.
I'm deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
Contributed by: Gordon Hubbell (N1OU)
Fran was a great Elmer and a good friend. Going to a hamfest with Fran was a great lesson in the effect one person can have on many. Fran spent most of the day talking to people from all over the country that he had worked with or helped in some fashion. He never got much time to actually look at any of the radio gear. I miss our Saturday morning breakfast meetings dearly. I miss talking to him and hearing him on the radio. Its not only a personal loss but a great loss the the Amateur Radio community.
Contributed by: Bill Cavotta (KD4VLF)
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