Monday, January 15, 2018

Jim Weaver K8JE SK

With a heavy heart, we must report that Jim Weaver, K8JE, former Great Lakes Division Director, died January 14th. 

He had been ill for some time, but was able to attend the Great Lakes Division Convention this past October, where he was presented with the George S. Wilson III W4OYI Lifetime Achievement Award.  The criteria says in part “The Wilson recipient is an all-around Amateur whose lifetime activities, attitudes, and achievements might serve as an example to others.  Emphasis is placed on service to others rather than self, diversity of Amateur Radio interests and Activities, evidence of continuing self-challenge via Amateur Radio, and outstanding contributions to Amateur Radio.”  Jim was a Life Member of ARRL.

Jim served as Director of the Great Lakes Division from 2002 until 2014.
During that time, he chaired the Legislative Action Committee starting in 2007, and served on the CEO Selection Criteria Committee in 2013 & 2014.

He served as a Public Information Officer starting in 1996, was an Official Observer, an Official Emergency Station, an Official Relay Station, and was also a Volunteer Examiner.

Jim was active in Disaster Communications, and worked closely with the Red Cross in Cincinnati.  A long-time member of the Queen City Emergency Net, he was Communications Manager for the club in 1968, and then served as President in 1976.  He was also active in many other clubs in the Cincinnati area. 

During the 1960s and 1970s, for most of ten years, he wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper, the Cincinnati Enquirer, titled “Ham Call.”  Week after week, he found stories about ham radio that would interest the public at large.  Just recently, QST re-published an article he co-authored for that magazine back in 1976, about the ham response to the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire in Northern Kentucky.

At this time, no information about funeral arrangements is available.

ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director: Dale R Williams, WA8EFK