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Friday, October 25, 2013

(Jamboree on the air / Jamboree on the internet)
On October 19th the SPARC helped out cub pack 11 by providing 40 M and 15 M SSB radio communication for the 56th annual JOTA / 17th annual JOTI.  Our station allowed the cub scouts to make voice contact with other scouts in several states.  We heard some DX scouts, but they never heard our scouts.
Many thanks to the club members who participated in the event.  Here is a list of participating members (and if I missed listing you I am sorry!)
The event was a lot of fun and I know the scouts had a good time (so did we!)
Click on the link below for some great pictures.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Wendell Button KI4WUU Update

Mr. Wendell Arthur Button
December 1, 1937 - October 9, 2013
Wendell A. Button
Boiling Springs, SC.

Wendell Arthur Button, 75 passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, October 9, 2013, after a valiant battle with squamous cell cancer. 

Born December 1, 1937 in Montpelier, VT to the late Arthur Clinton Button and Marian Wight Button, and growing up in Chelsea, VT on Elm Ridge Jerseys Dairy Farm, Wendell graduated valedictorian from Chelsea Public School in 1955, married Virginia Rose Melvin of Barre, VT on November 23, 1961 and earned a B.S.E.E. from University of Vermont in 1964. He served with the US Army in Germany 1958-59 and later with the Vermont National Guard. 

Wendell was a life-long dairy farmer in both VT and SC, developing an award-winning herd named Hopitu Jerseys. After retiring from farming, his work, public service and affiliations in upstate SC region include Button Auctions and Real Estate, CERT, Spartanburg Amateur Ham Radio Club, Spartanburg Bee Keepers, MENSA, Chesnee Classic Cycle and Antique Bikes on Main. In recent years, Wendell and his wife helped service major storm electrical grid damage from Texas to NY with Synergetic and P.A.R. 

In addition to his wife Virginia, Wendell is survived by two sons; Arthur Clinton (Beth) Button II and Edward Melvin (Kirsten) Button, two brothers; Clayton (Diane) Button and Brian (Jean) Button, three grandchildren Jason, Carolina and Ethan Button and his two dogs; Dahlia and Capri. 

At Wendell’s request, there will be no calling hours or service. Please join his family in a casual drop-in celebration of his life in the Occasional Events Room at II Samuels (351 E. Henry Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302) on Saturday October 26 from 4-6pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Spartanburg Humane Society, Attn:  Memorials and Honors, 150 Dexter Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303 or The United Church of Chelsea, P.O. Box 98, Chelsea, VT 05038.
Eggers Funeral Home
Boiling Springs, SC

Friday, October 11, 2013

Mr Wendell Button, KI4WUU

We are sad to report that Mr Wendell Button, KI4WUU went silent key on October 9, 2013, at his home  with his famaly by his side.  Our prayers go out to his wife, children, and grandchildren.  Service details will be shared when arrangements are finalized.