William Archer McCarrey August 2, 1957- April 16, 2018
William Archer McCarrey, 60, of Greencastle, Pa., passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, at his home.
Born Aug. 2, 1957 in Centralia, Ill., he was the son of Frank G. and Virginia L. McCarrey.
William was chief engineer at Manning Broadcasting for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline McCarrey; daughter, Jennifer McCarrey; son, David McCarrey and wife, Casey; two stepdaughters, Kelli Fonger and husband, Andrew, and Erin Vanasse and husband, Michael; sister, Miriam Furlong and husband, Bobby; brother, Doug McCarrey; two grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.
Bill began his radio career in his hometown of Centralia and moved on to larger radio stations in Paducah, Ky., and elsewhere. Bill moved to this area in the mid-'80s to manage WEEO-AM in Waynesboro, Pa., and later went to work in the land-mobile radio business as a two-way radio technician. During that time, he worked for Ford Communications in Hagerstown, Md., and Hankey's Radio in Frederick, Md.
He returned to commercial broadcasting at WXVA AM/FM Charles Town, W.Va., in the '90s doing on-air work and engineering. He then joined Manning Broadcasting in Hagerstown and Frederick, where he was employed for more than 20 years as a radio personality, production director and later chief engineer of WARK, 106.9 The Eagle, and Key 103 in Frederick, and several other stations.
Bill (N3JDR) was a licensed amateur radio operator for more than 45 years, earning an Extra Class operator's license. He was a member of the Eastern Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (EPARC) in Martinsburg, W.Va.
In amateur radio, Bill enjoyed operating weak signal modes in the VHF and UHF bands. He also built and maintained two UHF amateur radio repeaters in Hagerstown and Frederick.
Bill also enjoyed operating on the HF bands (shortwave frequencies), chatting with other amateur operators throughout the country and around the world. He participated annually in Amateur Radio Field Day, as well as numerous amateur radio contests throughout the year, often taking top spots in various operating categories during these events.
Bill was a mentor to many, with his vast knowledge of electronics and radio theory. He was never too busy to help out a fellow broadcaster or amateur operator needing assistance.