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Mike Gurka (K2UGH)
December 22, 2004
Michael C. " Mike " Gurka, K2UGH, SK: Lee County, Florida Technical Specialist, Mike Gurka, K2UGH, of Lehigh
Acres, died December, 22, he was 64. Mike is survived by his wife, Stella, WB2FAU.
Gurka served the Southern Florida Section as Technical Specialist and Local
Government Liaison for the Fort Myers area. Mike co authored the current Lee County Antenna ordinance
& was technical director for the Gulf Coast Area Repeater Club. He was a member of ARRL, QCWA & the Radio
Club of America, where he was elected Fellow. Gurka was first licensed in 1956 as K2UGH & served his
country during the Vietnam conflict in the US Air Force. He was a retired electronics engineer , President/CEO of Atlantis Electronics & former director of Carteret Bank & Trust, Carteret, NJ. Mike was active in the Fort Myers amateur community as Vice President of the Gulf Coast Area Repeater Club, Edison Chapter 196, QCWA & Lehigh PSK31 Club.
Contributed by: Jeff Beals (WA4AW)
I only knew Mike & Stella for about 5 years, but we became so close and friendly that it felt like we knew each other for decades. We met one day on the air while both of us were on the road on 2m FM mobiling on our way to the Orlando Hamfest. Along the way we stopped and had lunch together. There we found out that we had a lot in common and a great friendship was born. We found out that we'd both been hams since our teenage years, for about 40 yrs + . We spent a lot of time together at that hamfest that year. Mike, Stella, myself and a friend all went out for dinner that night and had a great time. We swapped stories and memorable ham radio experiences late into the night.
Over the years, we both attended many more hamfests together and hung out with each other while there.
Mike and Stella are both VE's and they would generously give their time to attend our testing sessions in Naples, about 40 miles from their home. They were both very active with their home club too, Ft. Myers ARC, and the VE sessions there.
Mike touched many of the lives of the local hams by grading their test papers and signing their CSCE's.
Mike will be terribly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his XYL and family.
vy 73, my friend ... -.- de WB2QLP
Contributed by: Jordan Mash (WB2QLP)
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