Silent Keys

Silent Key Memorial

We hear not their dits and dahs, nor hear the rhythm of their code, but to us that remain we call them family. Until we meet again.

Gary Smith (K4VZZ)

Gary Smith (K4VZZ), SK

     Served his fellows in the advancement of the art of radio.

Bob Warden (KU4R)

Robert "Bob" Allen Warden

Robert "Bob" Allen Warden passed away on January 19, 2024 after an extended illness.

Bob was born in Glen Ridge NJ March 18, 1945. He married the love of his life on May 25, 1968 and they were together 58 years. Bob and Gabe moved to TN in 1981 to support Gabe’s ministry work. Bob served in the United States Marine Corp 1962-1966. He also worked at The USPS for a short time but he always had a love for building things so he chose a career in construction. Some of Bob's hobbies included tennis, fishing, being outdoors camping with his family and traveling with his love, Gabriele.

His main interest was being an avid Amateur Ham Radio Operator which he did for over 40 yrs. He had many accomplishments in the field of Ham Radio including awards for Summits On The Air (SOTA), Parks On The Air (POTA), Worked All States (WAS), Worked All Continents (WAC), bouncing signals off the moon, and many other awards. His main form of communication in Ham Radio was Morse Code. Bob’s friends from the Amateur Radio community, especially the Kingsport Amateur Radio Club and participants in Summits On The Air will miss him as he was very well respected.


Russ Richard (KA4RJR)

Russ Richard (KA4RJR), SK

     One of our club members who championed Net Control.  He was very active and loved doing the Sunday Night Net and leading the team of Net Controllers.  Just a really good guy!

Liz Burns (K1LIZ)

Liz Burns (K1LIZ), SK

     She did public speaking and enjoyed quilt making, piecing together quilts with thousands of pieces. She passed her Extra test in January 2018. She activated 348 SOTA summits with her husband Ron (NR3E) and loved to activate and chase. She also liked using the Icom IC-7300 with the G5RV antenna to search for special events. She was both inspirational and warm , piecing the hearts of many together, as she did her quilts. 73s and see you on down the log.