April 7, 1940 ~ October 20, 2017

Born in: St. Joseph, MO,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Carl Ernest Smith, 77, passed away Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Born in St. Joseph, MO, he was a son of the late Thomas A.T. and Freida Kuchenmeister Smith, and was also preceded in death by his wife, Miriam W. Smith, brothers, Thomas A.T. Smith, Jr. and Richard Smith and sisters, Freida Livingston and Mary Gandy. He received his Associates Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from AB Tech and was always active in communication services and ham radio operation. He was formerly associated with Communications Services, Inc., and was active with the ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) Organization for many years. He was also the retired owner of DX Publishing Co. He was an Air Force veteran. He was the co-founder of the Radio Museum of Asheville (A-B Tech), and was a life member of both the ARRL and the QCWA. Surviving are his sons, Charles E. Smith and Rodney W. Smith (Michele); step-daughter, Angela E. Brown (Stephen); grandchildren, Austin, Reagan and Karen; and brother, Charles F. Smith. Funeral services and burial will be at 12:00 noon Thursday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Owen and the Rev. Donnie Walker officiating. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 200 Mt. Carmel Road, Asheville, NC 28806, or to the Youth Ministry of Trinity Baptist Church, 216 Shelburne Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Sorry to read the passing of Carl as he will be missed by many. He was a great guy and Ham operator. My thoughts and prayers are with his family may God be with each one..

  2. Rodney &family;,
    We are very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know you are in our prayers and our thoughts during this difficult time.
    Love you guys,
    Tony & Rhonda Gentry

  3. I am sadden to hear of his passing. I never had a chance to formally meet Carl, but the praises that have been stated about him has lead me to feel that the Amateur Radio community has lost a great asset. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many of his close friends.

  4. Never got to meet Carl in person but spoke with him on the radio numerous times. Very great man who was always eager to help however he could. He will be greatly missed.

  5. I did not have the privilege of personally knowing this gentleman, but having reviewed this obituary and the listing on http://www.qrz.com, I’m very impressed with his history, both in ham radio and in service to our country!

    We both got our ham licenses about the same time (mine in 1952) and have watched to growth and changes in the hobby over many years now. I hope he finds a good ‘ham shack’ in Heaven.

  6. rodney so sorry to of mr carls passing .he was a great friend to all i love talking to him when i would meet up with him. may god be with you all thru your saddness .he will surley be missed .juanita t blankenship

  7. I knew Carl through the newsletter, Email exchanges and get well wishes. He helped me get over 300, and stayed up with me more than one night to do so.
    I’m the same age and have been licensed about the same number of years.

    Guys like us with our CW and paper QSLs are becoming extinct. But it’s been quite a party.

    Best wishes to the family,

  8. To the Smith Family,

    I only corresponded with Carl via email a few months ago. I am shocked and saddened to learn of his passing.

    My condolences to all of his family.

  9. Rest in Peace Carl! You will be greatly missed. Thanks for all of your many contributions to this wonderful hobby. 73, Bill N8BR

  10. Thanks for all the great DX writings for so many years.
    73 old friend.

    The family can be proud of all of Carl’s contributions.
    Good luck Rodney, we look forward to hearing from you.

    73 all , K0SW

  11. What an outstanding man, as well as being a top-of-the-line amateur radio operator. We DXers will miss his help and his knowledge…73 es DX to all.
    Tom K4NA

  12. I am very sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. We had email and phone communications regarding some topics that were close to both of us. He was very faithful in doing what he loved and it showed in his constant efforts to help the Amateur Radio community in our constant search of DX. He will be sorely missed.

    My condolences and prayers to the family.

  13. I often chatted with Carl in years past when he would travel over the mountain to the Tri-cities Hamfest and while his station and mine were connected to each other as part of the DX Packet Cluster. It was sad when Miriam passed away, but his faith allowed him to go on with life. He was a wise and gracious man and will be missed by all that knew him.
    May the promise of the resurrection and God’s grace comfort the family now and forevermore.

  14. Rest in Peace, my friend. You helped me in a time of need with words of encouragement and I will never forget your kindness.

    Bruce, W6HTC

  15. Carl and Miriam both are wonderful people.

    As a younger man, I am very thankful for the time I got to share with them, and the joy of operating N4AA in a few contests. They always treated me like one of their own when I was over there and even hosted a wedding shower for my wife and I. I will always be eternally grateful for these memories and glad to have known them.

    Carl will be missed by many. My prayers and condolences to the family, especially Rod and Angela as I knew you guys from high school. May God bless and keep you all in this time of grief, and may He grant you peace beyond understanding.

    73 SK EE

  16. Although we were friends only through email, Carl’s passing leaves me with a profound sadness and sense of loss. Rest assured Rodney that he is now once again with his beloved Miriam. Carl had very comforting words when I recently lost my wife after many years of marriage. Both the DX Magazine and QRZ DX? have been exemplary, useful and interesting publications over the years. A final 73 to N4AA from W5WT.

  17. Carl and I shared first names, initials, US Air Force veterans and Amateur Radio. We never talked to each other on the air but always spoke at hamfests we both attended. Carl was one on the ‘good guys’. R.I.P. Carl
    N4AA de W4EAT Ditty Dahdidah

  18. I’ve been grooming Carl’s dog Mickey for many years now, but it wasn’t until recently when I started picking Mickey up and taking him home, that I had the chance to sit down and talk with Carl and get to know him better. I know Carl will be dearly missed by many, and my condolences go out to his family.

  19. For about 44 years I have been privileged to call Carl, and later Miriam, friend. Even after I moved to CT 20 years ago Carl and I had stayed in touch, with pretty much a couple of phone calls a month until recently. I am in large part the Amateur Radio operator I am because of Carl, along with the work of several other ‘Elmers’ in the Asheville area. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed.

  20. The Ham Radio Community has lost one of its staunchest advocates. Carl was a beacon for one of the world’s greatest hobbies and public service. His presence will very much be missed. 73 de Bill Morine N2COP, Vice Director-Roanoke Division ARRL


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