Category Archives: Silent Key

Larry Damour, N1PHV-SK

Larry was a long time, and very loyal and giving, member of our club. For several years he dragged out his large tent, his military kitchen, the water buffalo and radio truck for our use at Field Day. He was our Spaghetti King for our Saturday night dinners for many, many years. He was always a shining face at National Night Out Against Crime in Concord, showing off his military vehicles, and letting kids climb in and honk the horns.  I knew him far fewer years than many of our members, but I know he will be sorely missed. WEARE – Lawrence Albert “Larry” Damour, Sr., age 70, of Weare, passed away on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Larry was born in Manchester on June 26, 1948 but grew up in Henniker. Larry was born to the late Donat A. and Margueritte (Gagnon) Damour, he was also predeceased (more…)

Jerry Blanchard, K1BBQ (SK)

Gerald “Jerry” S. Blanchard, 76, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Manchester, of a sudden illness surrounded by his loving family. Born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Washington, the son of Sherley Blanchard and Theda Mae Houghton. He was the adoring husband of Sonia M. (Parra) Blanchard. They were married Dec. 18, 1997, in Marco Island, Fla. Jerry attended Hillsborough-Deering High School. He served in the Army National Guard and Washington Fire Department; received his Associates Degree at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and is Bachelors with The University of New Hampshire in electrical engineering, serving his lifetime in telecommunications. He was an avid amateur radio operator serving as the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the Capital Area Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CAARES), where he provided group-wide home electronic automatic notification systems utilizing his expertise and equipment from Exacom. This was before the days of smart phones. He was a (more…)

K1DFQ – Wilfred “Frenchy” French – SK

In Memory of Wilfred French “Frenchy” K1DFQ Frenchy became a ham radio operator in 1957. He took his Novice test at Evans Radio in Concord, NH. This was a great place to buy used equipment at a reasonable price. His first transmitter was a Viking Adventurer which he purchased there. He soon upgraded to General and then Advanced. He operated on all bands and believed you should have an antenna for every band. His favorite part of the hobby was “rag chewing”. He enjoyed getting on 10 meters in the evening with club members W1MAS Bob, K1BKE Bob, K1BGI Ken, K1HMH Phil, W1HTI Dean, K1CKL Sid and many others. All silent keys. He would spend many evenings on 2 meters with his good friend K1OXO Vic. He enjoyed hill topping and always had a mobile radio. He helped get the first repeater up on (more…)

K1FLI – Frank L. Irvine – SK

In Memory of Frank L. Irvine K1FLI Frank L. Irvine, a dedicated advocate for peace and justice, passed away in Concord on July 27, 2016, at the age of 81.  The son of Frank and Rosalyn (Birchall) Irvine, he was born in Nashua on August 29, 1934.  He graduated from Nashua High School and earned degrees from Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Divinity School and Andover Newton Theological School.  He was married to Frances (Allen) Irvine on October 3, 1959, and they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last year. He served as a member of U.S. Army Intelligence, and later as an Army chaplain in Virginia, Korea and California.  He was the minister of multiple churches in Maine and New Hampshire and co-director of the Department of Pastoral Services at New Hampshire Hospital before co-founding a group practice of pastoral psychotherapy in 1979.  He left the (more…)

N1FOJ – John “El Presidente” Moore – SK

John Moore, N1FOJ 1953-2016 Here are some kind words from his friend, Mr. Mike, W1RC: “It is with deep regret that I report that our friend, John Moore, N1FOJ, passed away on Friday April 8th 2016. it was expected and death came to him as a blessing and a relief. I am sad but happy for him, his many friends and family that his long suffering has finally come to an end. John was “El Presidente” of the Contoocook Valley Radio Club (CVRC) for many years. He and this directors took over when the club was essentially dying and revived to to what it is today; a vibrant, well attended popular organization with many members, a seriously active Field Day effort and a very positive bank balance. John was also a very accomplished DXer. His 333 confirmed countries gave him “High Honor Roll” ARRL (more…)