The following message was posted on Facebook on September 22 by Ron, KI5FR about member Jim Morrison, AJ4XK.  Jim had recently retired; assisted with local public service events and was active as a Volunteer Examiner.   Rest in Peace Jim!

I (Ron Mahn) received some sad news yesterday. James “Jim” Morrison AJ4XK became a Silent Key (SK) on August 17th. Jim was a particularly active member of the club for public service events where he could be seen taking any role that was asked. His combination of friendly voice but imposing presence helped the folks at the LOBC Fall Festival feel secure during our work there. Jim’s biggest passion was motorcycles and he was an active member of the Sandollar Motorcycle Club. He also enjoyed cars. He always had something a little different including one of those little mini cars which was always funny when this tall person got out of that tiny car. He was always a very nice person.

His sister found me on Facebook and told me the news. There was no service at his request, and his sister looks to get out an obituary at some point. Please give a thought and a prayer for Jim today.

Satsuma Tail Gator

The Satsuma “Tail-Gator” will be on September 25, 2021. It will be held again at the Fred K. Wright Municipal Park in Satsuma, AL, from 8AM until 11AM. We will be meeting at the rear of the park, near the rest rooms! Talk-in will be arbitrarily on the 147.015 repeater, no tone.

“Testing for all license classes at this event is optional- please contact your local VEC to see if they are attending and if they will be testing.”

We have had good exposure to the public at each successive “Tail-Gator” and hope to continue to be open and accommodating to the public, encouraging others to enter and enjoy Ham radio!

For those who have not been to a Satsuma “Tail-Gator”, here are the directions:
Directions: From north- or south-bound on I-65, take exit 19 onto Hwy. 43 south, go 1.1 mile and the park will be on the right. If traveling up Hwy. 43 from Mobile just go through Chickasaw, Saraland and into Satsuma…the park will be on the left about ¾ mile past the third light in Satsuma. WATCH SPEED LIMITS!

Also, there are several places to eat in Satsuma: Waffle House, several burger joints (all near/at the Petro Truck Stop), Subway at the Shell Station, and Bay City Grill for lunch- and good prices, too! Gas prices are well in-line in this area as well.

If anyone needs any further info, I’m good on QRZ…hope to see y’all there!