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NO QSL's will be accepted or replied to since N1IW is a repeater call sign only. If you are looking for a QSL from the former owner of this call sign, Mike Bernock (he passed away 2/2014), please send a SASE to WO1N, Ken Caruso. Tnx.

One of the primary founders of the New England Digital Emergency Communications Network (http://nedecn.org/) was Mike Bernock, N1IW. Mike and Bill, NE1B, began experimenting with the new Amateur DMR technology in 2011. Bill, a retired Motorola engineer, envisioned putting together the first New England wide area DMR system. Mike, the consummate MITRE communications engineer, became the sounding board and technical consultant for the future network. Prior to Mike’s death in 2014, he had requested that all of his ham radio gear be used to fund the expansion of this digital network. The funding infusion became the resource for the initial build out of 20+ repeaters in NH and MA.

To honor Mike’s legacy, the NEDECN organization has been granted Mike's call sign under the "in memoriam statute" of the FCC rules. The Chelmsford, MA DMR repeater will be one of the first users of the N1IW call sign along with special events. So while our friend may have left his earthly bounds, his call sign and enthusiasm for the hobby will continue in the network he built.

His obituary is below:

BERNOCK, MICHAEL WILLIAM Aged 55, of Derry, NH (N1IW; November 1 Italy Whiskey) signed off his radio to be with his Lord on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Born in St. Clair Shores, MI, he is survived by his parents, William and Barbara, sisters, Diane and Laura, brother, Robert (Juli), niece, Jessica and his many New Hampshire and Ham Radio family/friends. Mike lived life to its fullest, never knowing how to turn off the on/off switch. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an expert fly fisherman, but his passion was everything Ham Radio. His love for the hobby helped him build a brotherhood of friends and caring people that is unimaginable, and he was a mentor and teacher to many. He was a professional in his field of aeronautical communications, surveillance and navigation air traffic management as Senior Communications Engineer at MITRE Corporation for nearly 30 years, after graduating Michigan Technological University in 1980.

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