Brinton "Britt" Belyea, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Born in Dorchester, Mass., he grew up in Abington, Mass. After spending his early career working various jobs in the communications field, Britt relocated his family to the Peninsula in 1969 and spent the rest of his career as a Cable Television Pioneer serving Hampton Roads. Britt had a passion for all things railroad and enjoyed "RVing" and NASCAR. He was an avid dog lover. He enjoyed building antenna for communications and was active in amateur radio and local ham radio clubs. He was an U.S. Army veteran and served in Okinawa.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn B. Belyea; daughter, Robin Belyea of Greensboro, NC; son, Dana Belyea and his wife, Kathy of Marietta, Ga.; mother, Elizabeth Belyea of Abington; brothers, Samuel Collins of Norwell, Mass, Charles Collins and his wife, Sharon of Abington; sister-in law, Bernice Anderson of Tucson, AZ.; grandsons, Joshua and Evan Belyea of Marietta; and niece and nephews, Beth Anderson Kearns and Jack Kearns of Hollis, N.H. and Richard Collins, of Boston, Mass.
WTRA “old timers” remember well Britt’s contribution to the Western Tidewater Radio Association (WT4RA). His first major contribution to the WTRA was in July 1996 when he and Jim Foust (one of his employees) installed our initial antenna and got the repeater started. In addition to installing the antenna Britt donated and installed the associated hard line (75 ohm) and matching transformers. Britt was back in 1998 with Gray Reed, W4NGR (then WA4DEF), and made a fairly difficult antenna climb in high winds to reconfigure the antenna and to double the number of dipoles in the antenna array. Britt was with us again in July 2013 as the repeater antennas were replaced with two Andrew DB-224E commercial grade antennas. Based on his experience with the DE-224E antenna he provided several suggestions as to how to best install and weatherproof the antennas. All of his suggestions were used. The picture (below) of Britt was taken during the initial WT4RA antenna installation in 1996. To thank him for his contributions, the WTRA awarded him with a lifetime membership to our club. He was a wonderful person who has made countless contributions to the amateur radio community.