In memory of our friend,
Granville B. "Jim" Lane II - N5DC (ex - WA5LMG)
August 13, 1929 - January 26, 2016
Jim was first licensed as WN5LMG in December 1964 and received WA5LMG in March 1965. He received the N5DC callsign in May 1976 when he passed his extra class exam. He often signed as "N5 Dallas Cowboys" since he was a huge fan of the Cowboys and worked as a volunteer in their communications department when he and his wife "Evie" (W5XYL, ex-WA5NQJ) lived in Dallas. Jim was an active DX'er and reached the top of the DXCC Honor Roll with 355 total entities confirmed. He joined the Texas DX Society in 1981 as member #88, and served TDXS as DX Chairman in 1988 and 1993, Vice President 1989-1990, President 1991, Repeater Chairman 1997-1998, and Bullsheet Editor 1999-2001. He was instrumental in conceiving the idea of creating "Armadillo County" for the great TDXS Armadillo Run and Texas QSO Party of 1986. Armadillo County was made official by a proclamation by then Texas Governor Mark White. Jim was also a past President of the Dallas Amateur Radio Club when he lived in Dallas.
In 1995, Jim was appointed as the ARRL West Gulf DX Advisory Committee representative by N5TC and was instrumental in expressing the views and opinions of our organization's DX'ers with regard to entity additions and deletions for the DXCC Countries List. He was the founder of DC Sales which manufactured and marketed the popular "Tenna Hitch". Jim was a member of the prestigious ARRL A-1 Operator's Club.
Family bio: He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and the family moved to Dallas when he was 7. He had two sisters, both deceased, and has three children; Granville B. Lane llI “ Bob”, Pamela Evonne Lane, both of Granbury, Texas, and James Michael Lane of Las Vegas, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jim loved to hunt, play golf, and fish-before ham radio came along. He attended Highland Park, New Mexico Military Academy, and SMU schools before joining the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force he went into the steel business as a Manufacture's Representative. While living in Tulsa he met a man who got him really into ham radio. Shortly after, he moved to Dallas where he got his license in 1964. Through ham radio, he became part of the Dallas Cowboys volunteer group for several years. This same group worked with the Texas State Fair for several years, and one of the out comes of that was the hams running the time controls for the Dallas New Years Day Cotton Bowl parades, and it was always cold. And the ham operators did a great job.
He and his XYL "Evie" moved to Las Vegas 11 years ago to be closer to family. A private family memorial service was held on January 31, 2016. Memorials in Jim's name should be made to the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation, Las Legas, Nevada.