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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

James H. “Jim” Abercrombie Jr (N4JA)


May 14, 2014


Jim was 76 years old. He died doing one of the things he loved best working on antennas, he was repairing an intermittent feed-line that had been giving him some trouble off and on for several days. The feed-line was to one of the antennas he had located on an 80 ft. tower. Jim was an experienced tower climber and had climbed his several towers many times in the past. I have known Jim for many years since we were both a lot younger men. I first met him at the Columbus Ga Ham-fest when I was just in high school. He was always friendly towards me and loved to talk antennas and amplifiers which are both loves of mine as well. I always looked forward to seeing him at one of several Ham-Fests like Shelby, Charlotte, Greenville, and Augusta. Jim Moved throughout his career and wound up in Enoree, South Carolina with his wife Lois, N4POL. Jim was a former high school science teacher and the Chief Engineer for WGAC Radio in Augusta, Georgia. Jim was the author of Understanding Antennas for the Non-Technical Ham. He was an ARRL Technical Specialist from 1995 until 2005. Jim was first licensed in the 1950s as K4BMS. Jim also served as the Georgia Repeater Frequency Coordinator for the Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA). Jim will be missed by all who knew him, and many who never got the opportunity but only read his works. He was a regular on several places on the Amateur bands, including watering holes like 3927 KHz on 75 Meters, 7200 KHz on 40 Meters where he and the rest of the "Zoo Crew" hung out daily having a great time discussing technology, cracking jokes, and just generally having a good time. 73 my old friend, myself and others miss hearing you on the air! Laurin Cavender WB4IVG

Contributed by: William Laurin Cavender (WB4IVG)


I met Jim at the Stone MT. hamfest in Lawrenceville, Ga. many years ago. Had many QSO's with him in the early mornings up to his death. Gleaned a lot of good information on my antenna building from him. Bought equipment from him for a super deal. Rest in peace Jim. DE David W4KA

Contributed by: David Stansell (W4KA)


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