Dec 1st 2007
in Illinois in 1938. Soon
moved to Chicago till the early 1950’s due to my fathers
employment for the WW-2 effort as an electronic engineer.
Around 1950 we moved to Pasadena again due to employment.
I was then entering High school at John Muir, Pasadena, Ca.
Graduated in 1956 and went part time to PCC and Mt San Antonio
Jr. College till 1958.
1958 I married my High School sweetheart Pat (KD6SBZ) and joined
the US Navy as an airman. Went to boot camp in San Diego and was
assigned to Los Alamitos Air Station. Did a couple of summer
cruises aboard the carrier USS Shangri-La. Was assigned to the
station fire department and that was my first beginnings as a
the Navy in 1961 and worked as a telephone lineman for
Ma Bell in Pasadena for a couple of years. Put many 900
pair cables into JPL along with many other projects.
after I went to work with the City of Los Angeles as a Heavy
Equipment Mechanic due to a nice pay raise. Worked there for a
couple of years in the Street Maintenance Dept. on their
then applied to L.A. County for a firefighter job. Took an exam,
passed with flying colors due to my past experience with the
Navy. Was excepted. Another nice pay raise.
Worked both L.A. riots, the earth quake in Sylmar, and
many brush fires over my career. Became a Fire Paramedic in
1975. Many of the nations Paramedic programs were copied from LA
Counties early pioneering of the program. I completed 32 years
of service and retired in 1994.
own a 1997 Goldwing SE the eighth one since they were introduced
by Honda. My first bike was a Triumph 650 in 1958 while in the
Navy. Had a Honda 750 and
then Gold Wings. I
have probably a million miles on Motorcycles. Was the founding
father of GWRRA Chapter “M”
Riverside/San Bernardino for 5 years. Have toured via
motorcycle thru Europe/ New Zealand/ Australia/ Western Canada/
Mexico/ and all the lower 48 states.
Was a MSF instructor for a short time. Participated in a
few Baker to Vegas events, acting as motorcycle escort for the
many local and national police organizations, which compete
during this yearly event. And enjoyed the 3 Flag event sponsored
by SCMA from Mexico to Canada. Was a finisher the times that I
a Ham in early 1992 and currently hold an advanced ticket. First
became active with MARC in the summer of 1992 and found that
DeWitt Morgan now one of our MARC board members, was also a co-worker as a fireman on the same fire department as I,
and interested in motorcycles and ham radio. As well Ray Davis
was an active firefighter with Inglewood at the time. Since all
firefighters are brothers we instantly bonded with the same
interests. In the early beginnings of MARC we started out with
Radio Shack HTX 202 radios.
Hand helds weren’t really that good for motorcycle
mobile and a lot of experimentation ensued in those early days.
We soon started adapting the Kenwood 741’s which seemed to
work well and Ray was always experimenting with brackets,
microphones, antennas and any thing he could get a hold of to
we had a back ground of helping people on the job, the natural
progression for the MARC organization was involvement with
charity work. A perfect way to use our motorcycles and ham gear.
I have met lots of folks and made lots of friends thru the MARC group over the
years at the MARC meetings and charity events.
Some currently living here in Prescott, Az. area. The
wing is equipped with a Kenwood 741 tri bander with independent
antennas for each band including an HP-32FHN on 2 meter. The
shack with Kenwood TS 440S HF,
For 440 band TM 441-A, for 2 meter TM 261 –A, and TM
3530-A for the 220 band . For mobiles Kenwood 742 tri band in
the jeep, TMV-7 duel band in Pat’s car, TM733 duel band in the
RV tow vehicle . Various
antennas for all.
changed my ham call in 2005 when my dad died at the age of 96.
He had been a ham all of his life and had the call W6KHN for
over 40 years. So to keep the call in the family I applied for
it after his death and will keep it. Hopefully my son will keep
it in the family when I am a silent key.
retirement began we decided that Prescott Valley Arizona was for
us, so we moved in 1994 and built our second house as an owner
builder in 1997 in Prescott.
Our first building experience was our house in Wildomar,
Ca in 1977. We are
now involved with volunteer work here. Joined the Sheriffs
Office with Danny Velderrain one of the founding members of
MARC, KD6FLP on the Search Jeep Posse when we moved here.
Working at the local hospital ER, work with Yavapai County
Elections Department during national election cycles, have
become interested in flying since the local airport is just 15
minutes away as a student pilot.
Ride Quads and enjoy shooting since Arizona residents are
allowed and encouraged to have gun carrying permits. Traveling,
but not as much on the motorcycle, more with the 5th
wheel toy box and toys. Also
work with ARES/RACES emergency radio system and be came an ARRL
/VC volunteer examiner, so we can get new hams involved with our
have two sons, one a missionary. He and his wife both hams,
reside in Texas with our four grandchildren. And the other son
lives in San Diego also with our other four grandchildren.
have watched MARC evolve into a force, in charity work, nation
wide now, under the guidance,
dedication and many hours hard work and personal expense of Ray
and Bonnie over the years.
I am proud to have played a small part in helping Ray,
Bonnie and the MARC members in the beginning years make the
group what it is today, in helping many in need, and to count
them as true family and friends. Truly a great group.