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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX002 (2023)

ARLX002 Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, Section Manager of the ARRL South
Carolina Section, SK

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 2  ARLX002
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 18, 2023
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX002 Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, Section Manager of the ARRL South
Carolina Section, SK

Section Manager of the ARRL South Carolina Section Marc Tarplee,
N4UFP, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Tarplee served as the South Carolina Section Technical Coordinator
for 7 years before becoming the South Carolina Section Manager in
2010. He was the longest-serving Section Manager of the century
within the ARRL Roanoke Division.

He was a member of the York County Amateur Radio Society (YCARS),
the Carolina DX Association (CDXA), a founding member of the York
County Contesters Group, and he recently retired as the Chief
Financial Officer of York Technical College in Rock Hill, South
Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the
State University of New York in Brockport, and then he pursued an
M.Sc. at the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology. He earned
his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of South

After spending many years as a shortwave listener, Tarplee became
licensed in 1988. He was an avid CW operator and was chasing ARRL's
Fred Fish Memorial Award, which is granted to hams who work all 488
maidenhead grids in the continental US via VHF/UHF. He had more than
420 grids confirmed.

Tarplee also enjoyed 160 meters and particularly relished working
the top band from a large piece of marshland he owned on the South
Carolina coast. From there, he had the space to run a full-wave
Beverage antenna. As both a committed DXer and contester, Tarplee
could be found anywhere from 160 meters to 23 centimeters.

"Marc's service to the South Carolina Section was legendary. He
served as Technical Coordinator prior to my successful election as
Section Manager in 2003 and continued in that position throughout my
tenure. When I was elected to the ARRL board to start in 2010, I was
looking for a replacement.  As I was considering candidates, Marc
came to me and wanted to give it a shot. I admitted to him that I
did not even consider him at first, but that he was absolutely the
right person for the position," said Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, Director of
the ARRL Roanoke Division.

ARRL Field Organization Supervisor Steve Ewald, WV1X, said, "Marc
was a wonderful ambassador for ARRL. While working him over the
years, I sensed that he really enjoyed sharing his interest in
amateur radio, and he knew how to encourage others to participate
and get involved."
Tarplee is survived by his wife, Lee, W7LEE, and his daughters,
Austin and Marley.

A memorial service for Tarplee will be held at the Learning Commons
in Building L at York Technical College, 452 South Anderson Rd.,
Rock Hill, South Carolina on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 1:00 PM.


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