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Charlie Curle, AD4F – SK

Charlie Curle, AD4F

Charlie Curle, AD4F - Silent Key (SK)

2020-06-18 9 AM EDT

Good Morning All,

Charlie Curle (Charles Edward Curle, Jr.), AD4F’s obituary has now been posted.  Click Here to view it.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, there will be no services or memorials at this time.

We will all miss Charlie.  In the few years that I personally knew and worked with him on club-related activities, we may not have always agreed on some topic but I always knew he was always supportive of our club and Amateur Radio.  He was not a fair-weather member or friend and he understood that one of the truest measures of support to any cause or organization was to give of himself by being there in person through thick or thin.

Over the span of time, he endured many health issues but those issues seldom deterred Charlie from getting out and participating in radio events, hamfests, or a good meal thanks to his network of friends and family that helped keep him on the move until the day he left us for a far better place.

Charlie was not your average “ham”.  He was technically skilled, solidly competent, and practiced in how to get things done whether it was working DX, assembling an awkward, perplexing antenna, or sharing his knowledge with others just coming on-board to Amateur Radio.  His obituary commented on his similarity to the role of John Travolta in the movie “Michael”.  I think that’s true in many ways though Charlie’s skills and knowledge came not from a flash of light from the sky but from dedication and commitment to learning and applying those skills to helping others.

I, too, as others have noted, enjoyed his funny jokes and the goofy grin that he would share after the punchline set in.  He had a pleasantly mischievous nature about him that still makes me smile when I think of him.  The crooked halo in the photo above seems so fitting as we all have a touch of “devil or angel” from time to time and Charlie was no exception.  I remember several of us including Charlie were setting up the MCP for an event in the Red Cross parking lot.  Coax was being laid out but not connected to antennas and he was sitting in front of a radio, winked at me, and keyed up the transmitter for a brief instant.  We both heard someone yell from outside the MCP as they had gotten a minor shock.  Whether it was deliberate or accidental for him to key up…you can guess but I think the mischievous side won out that day.  🙂

On occasion, Charlie and I would talk about things outside of this world and I know that he did not fear death but was making the most of his time here and biding time until he would join his beloved wife in Heaven.

So as we shed tears for Charlie, let us smile too and remember the man, friend, and club member he was to bring back a smile to each of us.

Thank you.


Gary Ownsby, AK4ZX
President 2020
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

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