Silent Key – W4OO

W4OO, Bill Hampton, was good people.

I gripe and groan about the older generation of hams, but Bill broke the stereotype. Bill would absolutely make us rookie hams feel welcome in the community.

He was a great ambassador to Amateur Radio.

Without fail, Bill would always go out of his way to answer questions, and lend a hand when he could. He was especially adept at the ins and outs of arcane LMR gear, which, consequently, helped myself and some buddies learn some cool tricks that we’ll take with us forever.

Bill was an exemplary radio operator, and a classic Southern Gentleman.

He will be sincerely missed.

February 10, 1949 – June 18, 2017

Billy Gene Hampton Jr., age 68, of Cumming, GA, passed away at home on Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was born February 10, 1949 at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to the late Billy Gene Hampton, Sr. and the late Ella Dee Hampton as the first of four children. 

Bill graduated from Central High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University in his hometown, prior to joining the United States Army National Guard as a radio operator and photographer. His career path led him to Atlanta where he was a freelance photographer for both the Marietta Daily Journal and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and towards the end of his career, transitioned into special event photography. During these same 45 years, he also managed his own radio communications business, enjoying the hike and climb to his repeaters on Little Sweat Mountain and Sawnee Mountain.

See you on the other side of the ionosphere, buddy.

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