Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bob WL7GK SK

Just two days ago a number of hams and many others bid farewell to Bob Kreiser obituary. WL7GK was the raspy voice of Interior Alaska. Bob could be found as a regular on the Alaska HF nets and the repeaters. He loved to drive and motored with ham radio extensively, once even calling for emergency services to a bad wreck on an extremely remote part of the Alaska Highway. Bob could, and often did, break anything electronic. Still, his disasters brought learning experiences for all involved. Friendships were cinched.

Bob was not a contester, but he encouraged KL2R's evolution and had a few chances to operate from here. His own city location was plagued with noise. Bob was always among the first to volunteer for public service events and emergencies. He regularly pulled the overnight shift for Skywarn Recognition Day from KL7FWX, and he was a force behind several recent Field Day efforts under the KL7KC banner. He hated CW. His final gift to me was a Vibroplex Deluxe singler-lever paddle ca. 1975. In pieces.

WL7GK was a complex character. He was gruff. And loud. And very welcoming to honest, good-intentioned folk. His love of ham radio never wavered. I watched him come to terms with the end of his radio days. My heart broke. He did not linger long after. I can say he made the most of his time on earth in the 20 years I knew him. Godspeed, Senior Chief, and 73!


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