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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX012 (2020)

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ARLX012 Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT
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Special Bulletin 12  ARLX012
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 24, 2020
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX012 Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT
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Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT, of
Charleston, West Virginia, died on July 28. He was 80. Thompson
served as West Virginia Section Communications Manager (SCM) from
1979 until 1983, and, after the position was renamed, as Section
Manager from 1984 until 1994. He continued serving the Section as an
Assistant Section Manager and Technical Coordinator.

Current West Virginia SM, Dan Ringer, K8WV, said in a message to
members, "Karl was one of the best-known amateurs in West Virginia.
He represented all of the best of the amateur community."

A ham from the age of 15, Thompson was employed by the telephone
company (C&P, Bell Atlantic, and Verizon), retiring after 28 years
of service. He was president of the West Virginia State Radio
Council for several years and was honored with the ARRL Roanoke
Division Amateur of the Year award in 1983. He received the ARRL
Roanoke Division Service Award that same year.

Thompson played guitar, autoharp, and piano and was a member of
several singing groups over the years. He co-hosted the Old Time
Country Music Hour on WZAC-FM for 4 years.
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