Sparkgap"; Newsletter of the
Wellesley Amateur Radio Society.
Gerry Driscoll, NV1T
It is with sadness that I report
that Roger Payne Smith, W1EOA has passed away. Roger just
had his 91st birthday. He was a long time club member and
epitomized what a ham radio operator should be. He will
from Tom Kinahan N1CPE
Roger was a founding member of
WARS, a past President, and lifetime member. He was
active in the early 1950s when the Wellesley Civil
defense organization was formed, and I think we even have
some pictures around of that crew with Roger in them. The
Wellesley ARS was formed in about 1951 by members of the
Civil Defense organization. Over time the Civil Defense
group mostly dissolved, but WARS has continued until
from Barry Hawkes N1BAN
I enjoyed talking to Roger when he
came to club meetings in the late 80s and early 90s.
Roger used to sort QSL cards for the bureau. For several
years, he personally delivered QSL cards to my father
John Hawkes W1GUF, also a silent key. According to my
mother, they would chat for an hour or more during each
visit. I believe they were reminiscing about hamming
during the 30s and 40s.
from Bill Emerson WA1EVD
Sometime in November of the early
1960's I had just acquired my Novice ticket. One
afternoon I was trying for some DX on 15 meters when I
heard some loud key clicks on the band. Obviously a
nearby station transmitting. I quickly found the station
on cw and noted the call W1EOA. After he completed his
QSO, I called him and identified my self and found out he
was only a mile away (as the crow flies). We switched to
voice and enjoyed a lengthy QSO. We finally signed with
Roger saying we should get together for an eyeball (QSO).
I thought he said "Highball" and agreed that
would be very sociable. Well the highball never came
about but we had many eyeballs over the years. Shortly
after our first meeting I acquired my general class
ticket. Roger then spent the better part of a warm
November afternoon helping me put up an all band antenna.
I learned many things from him (he was truly an elmer).
Roger, you will be missed. Someday I
may be listening on some band and may hear some loud key