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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Johnny Fearon (W4WKP)

November 13. 2009

Member of GARS

Contributed by: Bill Carrigan (K3DC)

My memories of Johnny go back to about 1955 or maybe before when I first heard him talking on 75 meters. I was still a SWL at the time but soon got my license and began to talk to Johnny on the air. I remember those chats and the few face to face meetings at the around state hamfest/picnics of the late 50's. Many enjoyable times. 73 and RIP Johnny Ray,W5XE (ex-K4LNE)

Contributed by: William R. (Ray) Colbert (W5XE)

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.

Contributed by: Bob Varone (W4ETN)

I recall attending Johnny's birthday party many years ago. Will Payne - N4YWK brought a present wrapped in newpaper. Said he didn't see spending extra money on wrapping paper for Johnny. When Will confessed Johnny was laughing louder and longer than all or us. Sorry to say goodbye dear friend. It was always a joy to chat. Jim - NT2F (ex WB4JVR)

Contributed by: Jim Key (NT2F)

I'm sorry to hear about Johnny Fearon. He taught the CW part of the class I attended for my Novice license at the American Red Cross Building in Atlanta in 1966. He was an enthusiastic teacher that made you truly learn and enjoy CW (I still mostly operate CW to this day). He also owned ZZZ Electronics in Atlanta from the mid-1970's through the early 80's and sold a lot lf Kenwood TS-520's, Yaesu FT-101's and other gear in those days. I was at his home in Loganville, GA in the late 1970's when he wanted to show me his new Icom IC-701 station. He took me in the shack and exclaimed, "Isn't it beautiful"! It was pitch black in there and I remained silent. He replied, "Sorry Bob. Forgot to turn the light on again didn't I"? We laughed so hard about that. He was a class act for the hobby and will be sorely missed.

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Photo of Johnny

Contributed by: Bob Varone (W4ETN)

Johnny and I go back to 1959 and the Atlanta Teenage Radio Club. Johnny had a name for everyone. My brother (Bill K4JBY, SK ) who was two years older than me was also very active in the teenage club. Since I was younger than Bill, Johnny always called me “baby YDN” even though Johnny and I were the same age. That handle stuck. I saw Johnny last year at the Stone Mountain Hamfest which honored the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Teenage Radio Club. When Johnny and I greeted he said how is “baby YDN”. Johnny never let his blindness get in the way of meeting and enjoying people. I think Johnny knew more hams in the Atlanta area than anyone. I will always have fond memories of W4WKP and remember what a great ambassador he was for Amateur Radio. Mike, K4YDN

Contributed by: Mike Moore (K4YDN)

Johnny was a very special person. I first met him on the Atlanta Teenage Radio Net in 1957. We had a lot of good times. We were both young teens. Later, I was QRX for a few years going to college and dental school at Emory in Atlanta and lost touch. In 1973 I revitalized my interest in hamming went to the Atlanta Hamfest and saw Johnny and said Hi.....Before I could say my name or call, he said ( and my voice had lowered a few octaves since our last QSO)..."How have you been doing Hugh was Dental School?" I was shocked that after about 10+ years and a voice change, he recognized my voice. Later on, he moved to Loganville, about 6 miles away from my QTH, bought some of my Telrex beams, and also became my patient for several years. When you talked to John, you forgot he was blind. He always smiled, was extremely upbeat and enthusiastic about life and amateur radio. He and his beloved Robin were together and in harmony. My life was enhanced because of Johnny Fearon and I will forever miss him. Val N4RJ

Contributed by: Dr.Hugh "Val" Valentine (N4RJ)

Met Johnny on the air as a new novice in 1958. Before I knew what happened I was recruited into the Atlanta Teenage radio club where I met many outstanding people, including some who have left comments here. Johnny was truly one of a kind and we had lots of fun as teenagers. I know he will be missed

Contributed by: albin thomas (K4ZDJ)

I met Johnny when I was age 16 and he was about 18 or 19 and going to college. He was studying insurance or something and he got me to dictate his books onto a Dictaphone machine with my (then very heavy) English accent! Johnny was a very intelligent and perceptive guy with many jokes and funny stories. He once told me about him driving a car!! Johnny was the first ham I met using a 100 foot center fed dipole with open wire feeders. I was very impressed with his shack. Yes, he did have nicknames for everyone. I think he called me "hippie Brian." I lived in Marietta in those days and would drive down to see Johnny in Atlanta. I think someone drove him out to my shack at least once too. We talked a few times over the years since those days, both on amateur radio and on the phone. Thanks for all of the other memories here. Sure sorry that we lost him so young. 73 to all - Bry Carling, AF4K Sanford, FL

Contributed by: Brian (AF4K)

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