Since 2009 and the passing of Charles Schlieper (formerly N5TD, SK), the Temple Amateur Radio Club (TARC) has been sponsoring the Charles R. Schlieper Scholarship Fund to assist the students of a technical course as selected by Temple College. This year, TARC voted to sponsor 2 students, doubling their previous donations; with Club Treasurer Mike Hankins, KI5M, presenting a check for $2,000 on behalf of TARC to Temple College.
Charlie Schlieper developed the Electronic Technology department for Temple College in 1979 and continued to serve as Department Chairman and Instructor until he retired in 1996. He was a true believer in education, and always felt it important to learn something new every day.
Charlie was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1952. He enjoyed working most all the ham bands and the various modes of operation, including voice, Morse code, many digital modes using computer interface, and making satellite contacts. He served as an officer in the Temple Amateur Radio Club and as the technical director for many years. He was a mentor or “elmer” to many as he nurtured their interest in expanding their technical skills while experimenting with the different aspects of the hobby.
TARC is an ARRL Affiliated Club and currently consists of 75 members, each person having their own preferences on how to communicate with others. They are also the sponsoring club for the Belton Expo’s hamfest.
(Contributed by John Hobson, WD5BFS)