The Amateur Radio community and beyond was saddened Monday morning when we learned of the passing of Charles Spanos, N4DKE.
â€œIt is my sad duty to report that Charles Spanos, N4DKE passed away at 5:30 AM this morning. There are no details at this moment.
I feel I only new Charles a short timeâ€¦ I moved to Birmingham in 2001 and spoke with him several times over the years on the 146.980 repeater. Some of my commutes and drives after work we would utter the phrase â€œYou load sixteen tonsâ€ a familiar song that goes like this:
Somehow even though the words are depressing when he said it it would brighten the day.
At Shelby County Amateur Radio club meetings when we all did introductions (we gave our name and call sign) he would only say â€œYaâ€™ll know who I amâ€. That was his catch phrase!
Thanks to â€œJustâ€ John Miller for the following pictures:
Goodbye Charles, we truly lost a great engineer and electronics/antenna genius. You will be missed.
Funeral arrangements as follows:
There will be a viewing of the body at 6:00 pm Wednesday June 17th at the Greek Orthodox Church on 19th Street South with a service following at 7:00 pm.
Flowers can be sent to the church. Donations made be made to ARRL under his name and call sign.
This is in addition to the 11am funeral on Thursday morning June 18.
The link to the church is… http://holytrinity-holycross.org