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John C Moore, N1FOJ, (SK)


It is with deep regret that I report that our friend, John Moore, N1FOJ, passed away on Friday April 8th 2016.  It was expected and he passed away peacefully and with no distress.  Death came to him as a blessing and a relief from his pain.  I am very saddened by his loss but happy for him, his many friends and family that his long suffering has finally come to an end.

John was "El Presidente" of the Contoocook Valley Radio Club (CVRC) for many years.  He and this directors took over when the club was essentially dying and revived it to what it is today; a vibrant, well attended popular organization with many members, a seriously active Field Day effort and a very positive bank balance.  John's favorite club activity was Field Day; he ran the 40 meter CW station from start to end and loved every minute of it.

John was also a very accomplished DXer.  His 333 confirmed countries gave him "High Honor Roll" ARRL DXCC status which is made all the more remarkable an achievement because his station equipment was over 30 years old and his antenna system was nothing spectacular.  But John possessed the listening skills and a talent for CW that only goes to prove that you don't have to have a "Big Gun" station to be a successful DX operator.

John has gifted his outstanding QSL card and certificate collection to NEAR-Fest and we will be honored to display some of it at each of our events going forward starting in October at his usual flea market spot across from the military vehicle encampment.  It is most impressive. 

John was also a very avid key collector.  He displayed some of his great keys at NEAR-Fest every time.  His well-known white tent just across from the Military vehicle display area was a major point of interest for many visitors and it will be missed.  John's familiar flea market spot has been permanently assigned to his beloved club, the CVRC, and a display of some of his remarkable DX accomplishments at future events is being planned.

John also held the position on the NEAR-Fest team of Benevolent Projects and Club Coordinator.  He was responsible for the three shcolarships we set up in ME, NH and VT as well as our "Spectrum Defense Fund Matching Challenge" we conducted in 2014.  John accompanied us to the ARRL 100th Anniversary convention in Hartford CT in 2014 and also to,Boxborough MA in 2015.

Finally, and of most significance to NEAR-Fest, John and his club are responsible for making the KA1SKY amateur radio station at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, formerly the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord NH a reality.   This was NEAR-Fest's first benevolent project started in 2008 and is still actively operated to this day by CVRC volunteers.  Without John's leadership and guidance Ka1SKY would not exist today. 

Here is the article about NEAR-Fest's Radio Project with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center that appeared in the September 2011 issue of CQ MAGAZINE:

In 2010 WMUR TV Chronicle did a feature on the CVRC Field Day and John was interviewed.

RIP our friend,


MrMike, W1RC

John's obituary appeared in the CONCORD MONITOR on April 17th.

Here is the text:

John Carle Moore

CONTOOCOOK ? John Carle Moore, 63, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016 following a long battle with throat cancer. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Sonya Lynn Moore (DoD 1989) and his father, John W. Moore, Sr. (DoD 1988).
John leaves behind his daughter, Laura K. Moore of Boscawen, and his son, Nathaniel W. Moore of Belmont. He also leaves his loving mother, Alice L. Moore of Manassas Park, Va., along with all his siblings who will dearly miss him; Jeanne E. Lawson (Stephen) of Charlotte N.C., William D. Moore (Laurie) of Manassas Va., James B. Moore of Manassas Va., Alice A. L. Golladay (Brian) of Bristow Va., Mary M. Moore and John W. Moore Jr. (Glenda), all of Manassas Va., and many caring cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a long-time partner, Sara Dustin, and her children Jennifer Siegler and Dustin Siegler.
John had a special gift when it came to reading and absorbed knowledge his entire life through books. Born in Middleborough, Mass., he grew up in Manassas, Va., attended St. Mark's Methodist Church in his youth and graduated from Stonewall Jackson Senior High School. He later moved to New England and settled in New Hampshire. He spent time with his Virginia family over the years and enjoyed his time with them on their annual trips to Swift's Beach, Mass. He enjoyed his Harley, bowling and collecting antiques (especially Morse code keys) related to his many interests. John will be missed by the wide circle family and friends attached to him over the years who knew and loved him.
John was an avid HAM Radio aficionado, call sign N1F0J. He was "El Presidente" of the Contoocook Valley Radio Club (CVRC). His outstanding QSL card, certificate collection to NEAR-Fest, and radio equipment will be displayed at the McAuliffe-Sheppard Discovery Center in Concord. He is responsible for making the KA1SKY amateur radio station at the Center a reality. He held the position on the NEAR-Fest team of Benevolent Projects and Club Coordinator. He was responsible for the three scholarships that were set up in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont as well as the "Spectrum Defense Fund Matching Challenge" the CVRC conducted in 2014.
Family and friends are invited to gather Saturday, May 14, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, 172 King St. in Boscawen. A memorial service will follow immediately in the Cremation Society chapel. His ashes will be interred with his daughter at Contoocook Village Cemetery.

So sorry to hear of the passing of your good friend John N1FOJ.  I always enjoyed talking to him at NEAR-Fest, and he was always full of good advice.  He is in my log for a 20 Meter SSB contact in the 2009 VT QSO Party.  I keep his QSL (blank) card that he gave me here by my desk.  I saw him last fall.  He was very sick, and I only got to say hello to him.  I am heartened to read of his accomplishments, and also relieved that he is not suffering anymore.

A few photos to remember the OM by...


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