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Saturday, April 29 2017 @ 09:17 PM EDT

DaveSmith KM4BYN Silent Key

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I learned late this afternoon that Dave Smith KM4BYN passed away on February 27th.  Dave was first licensed as an Amateur Radio operator in the 1950s as a teenager.  In retirement, he reacquired a Technician and General license on the same day and joined the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club a few days later.  I remember testing and joining the club on the same day as Dave.  I have always felt honored to have the call sign immediately following Dave .... I'm sure I will remember him often as I check in over the years to come.
In his short time with us at the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club, Dave could always be counted on to help.  He served on the Nominating Committee, as Club Secretary, Introduced Ham Radio to a local boy scout troop and was always on hand for the Marathon.  Dave frequently would bring his camera to club events and has supplied us with many of our Beachfest and Field Day albums.

Bob Froelich and I stopped over this afternoon and met Dave's wife, son Michael and grandson.  They were sincerely thankful that Dave had the opportunity to rediscover amateur radio and make new friends.  His family posted a final Facebook post on Dave's page:
With a heavy heart Dave's family announces the ending of his facebook page with his passing on February 27,2017. During his retirement Dave really enjoyed spending time with his grandson. He also enjoyed playing his band music, the amateur radio club and the photography club. The family asks for privacy during this difficult time. Our thanks to all for having made Dave's life more pleasurable.
Dave's Family
Michael Smith Alex Smith Rick Smith
Please keep Dave's Family in your thoughts and prayers.  He will be missed.
Tom Hastie


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