PANOLA COUNTRYAMATEUR RADIO CLUB TO BROADCAST FROM NEAR JIM'S GRAVE ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 28, 2006
Pat Porter reports:
Local weather permitting,
my local amateur radio club will operate amateur radio station WA5PC (the "PC"
is for Panola County) as a special event radio station from near the grave site
of Jim on Saturday 28 October - 1300Z to 2100Z - we will be somewhere around
14.300mHz - upper side band - our callsign is WA5PC - the "PC" is for Panola
County. We will be putting out only 100 watts - wish we had more power but, we
don't - so, we may be sort of weak into Europe - we will have a special
certificate to send to all amateur radio operators and short wave listeners (SWLs)
who let us know that they did hear us on the air that day. I hope some of your
friends and club members can hear us so we can send them a certificate. We will
be about 60 meters to the east of Jim's grave. I may go out there this afternoon
and put up the antenna. It looks like it is going to be a pretty day here in
My two sisters went to high school with Jim - they "ran around" togather - he was in our house many times - but, I was just a baby and do not remember him. Years later - after high school, my sisters did not at first realize that "Jim" Reeves was the "Travis" Reeves with whom they attended high school - he went by "Travis" as a youth. Often, if it was starting to get dark, and Jim had worked late after school, my father (who was a night watchman here in Carthage) would open the jury room in the courthouse and let Jim sleep there for the night.
Mike Welch, who is a friend of mine took this picture of Jim's birthplace about 1980. The house has been torn down now.
Thank you - Pat Porter - Carthage, Texas - my personal callsign is WD5FDO
Pat sent us a report and a few pictures about the event:
We did not do too well at Jim Reeves grave site today. The 20 meters (14mHz) long range band was really bad today over here. I suppose the band itself was ok - but - there was two or three contest on the air - we couldn't find a clear frequency at all!!!!!! We are going to work on a beam antenna – then we can aim all our power right at Europe - maybe that will be better. We made many contacts on 40 meters (just here in the states) - talked with 3 hams who had met Jim and wanted the certificate. Next year we are going to build a 20 meter(14mHz) beam antenna so we can aim our radio signal directly at Europe. We'll take it out to Jim's grave site and try again.
From left to right: Betty Cottonwhite - W5PUP, Ron Cottonwhite - AC5VN, Grady Kyle - WA5ROI & Pat Porter -WD5FDO.