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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX010 (2017)

ARLX010 QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher Carl Smith, N4AA (SK)

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Special Bulletin 10  ARLX010
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 23, 2017
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX010 QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher Carl Smith, N4AA (SK)

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher and Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, of
Asheville, North Carolina, died on October 20. An ARRL member, he
was 77 and had been a radio amateur and DXer for more than 6
decades. Smith and his late wife Miriam, KB4C, bought the two
publications' parent DX Publishing in 1997

"Carl was a ham's ham, as he dabbled in many aspects of our great
hobby," The Daily DX Editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR, observed. "He did
a lot for Amateur Radio over the years."

Licensed in Kansas City in 1954 as WN0YFT (later W0YFT), Smith
served in the US Air Force from 1958 until 1966. He became W4NQA
after moving to North Carolina.

From 1968 until 1970, Smith was on the ARRL Headquarters staff and
held the call sign W1ETU. When he moved to Virginia in 1970, he
regained W4NQA and, after moving back to North Carolina, obtained
N4AA in 1976.

An avid DXer and at the top of the DXCC Honor Roll, Smith was
inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame in 2012.

Smith was a member of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). He
re-established QCWA Chapter 145 for the primary purpose of
establishing the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum - now the
Asheville Radio Museum - on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe
Community College. He also was a long-time Roanoke Division
Assistant Director. For many years, he was the owner and manager of
Georgetown Communications, an Amateur Radio store in Asheville.

In the 1970s, Smith was instrumental in the formation of the Western
Carolina Amateur Radio Society and served a few terms as president.
Through WCARS, he instituted the annual Asheville Hamfest. WCARS
became a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator in the 1980s.

He also established the KB4C Miriam Smith Award, in memory of his
late wife. The award, presented annually by the ARRL Roanoke
Division, honors an Amateur Radio operator from Western North
Carolina who has demonstrated an active commitment to public service
and emergency communication through ARES/RACES.

Smith was among the founders of the SouthEastern DX and Contesting
Organization (SEDCO) W4DXCC Convention, and his wife's call sign is
used on the air at the annual convention and for various operating


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