n4oklIt is with deep regret that the Board members of Huntsville Hamfest Association announces the passing of Charles Emerson (Charlie) on January 14, 2017 of an apparent heart attack. Charlie was the current President of Huntsville Hamfest Association, a position he had held for many years. Under Charlie’s leadership, Huntsville Hamfest maintained its growth and position in the Amateur Radio industry as one of the top hamfest organizations in the nation. Charlie had come to be the face and voice of Huntsville Hamfest among amateur radio equipment manufacturers, dealers, and attending ham operators. Known by his amateur radio callsign N4OKL, Charlie will be remembered as always laughing and telling jokes and acting as peacemaker whenever necessary.

Huntsville Hamfest was Charlie’s pride and joy and he never missed an opportunity to promote the show or ham radio as a hobby. He was always anxious to support organizations in the development of young hams in areas of science and technology through ham radio. The loss of Charlie will leave a huge hole in the heart of the amateur radio community as well as all who knew him. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Charlie’s wife Nina and the rest of his family while they make arrangements for a memorial service to celebrate Charlie’s life and honor him in death. Those arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Despite this great loss to our hamfest organization, the Huntsville Hamfest board is dedicated to continuing the tradition of service to the amateur radio community by opening its doors as usual on the third weekend of August (date shown above). We look forward to honoring Charlie’s memory in August at the 2017 Huntsville Hamfest.

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