Stan Reas, K4UK (SK), of Moneta was a co-founder (1997) and charter member of the FranklinCounty Amateur Radio Club. In the ensuing years, he mentored many young people at the club station, W4FCR, in Rocky Mount, and was a key participant in many of the ARRL Field Day
outings undertaken by the club. Under the auspices of the FCARC and assisted by several other FCARC members, Stan managed the QSL bureau for FISTS, an international CW club, and summarized monthly FISTS QSL bureau totals at FCARC meetings. Always soft-spoken, gentle, and courteous, Stan was a guiding influence within FCARC just shy of twenty years.
Stan passed away on October 5, 2016. When approached by fellow FCARC co-founder Buddy Smith, W4YE, in mid-2018, his widow Carolyn and his son Doug enthusiastically supported the club’s application to the FCC to acquire Stan’s vanity callsign “In Memoriam” as the club’s official call. That request was granted by the FCC on October 18, 2018. As of that same date our former callsign, W4FCR, is cancelled and unavailable for reassignment for a period of two years.
The officers and members of FCARC wish to express their immense gratitude to Carolyn and Doug Reas for their support and assistance on the club’s path to “memorializing” K4UK in honor and recognition of Stan Reas’s nearly two decades of outstanding contributions to the Franklin County Amateur Radio Club.