New England Digital Emergency Communications Network


Reese C. Fowler, Silent Key

Reese C. Fowler at NEDECN Picnic

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Reese C. Fowler, Sr., W1RCF on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the VA Hospital Community Living Center in Manchester, NH.

He served his country in the US Air Force from 1953 to 1979 on many assignments from Vietnam to Germany and was discharged as a Master Sergeant.    He received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Force Longevity Service Award with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster. He was always interested in the latest technologies and contributed much to his amateur radio community as callsign W1RCF.     He was an experimenter with Amateur Television and Digital Radio including D-STAR and DMR.   

Reese was born on June 15, 1933 and well into his 80s he was writing code to develop websites for amateur radio and his friend’s Bengal Cat business, Bengaland.  He was quite fond of his Bengal cats. He was always there to help his friends with site building, picnics and conventions.   He will always be remembered as a kind gentleman with a frequent interjection of humor and a warm smile.

Rest in Peace my friend,

Bill, NE1B