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Rob Brown (KB2MET)
April 3, 2005
To my friend Rob...
What can I say? You were my first contact as a new Ham and I will always remember that magic moment of pressing the PTT on my HT and hearing you come back to me. You helped me get acquainted to my new hobby and offered helpful advice allowing me to sound like a OM a lot quicker. You advised me on my first radio purchase and now when I use that radio I will always think of you. It will be sad not hearing your voice on the air, because no matter when I called you were always there. If I needed to "vent" you listened. If I needed a friend you were there. When I didn't pass my code test the first time you told me to stick with it and that if I tried I could do it. Somehow you always had a way of making me laugh and that was the best gift you ever gave me.
Rob you were sick for a long time but never let it get you down. I can only hope if I become ill I can remember how you treasured everyday and made the most of it. Here's wishing you all the SLOPPY JOES YOU CAN EAT !
Your friend Scott KC2JFS
Contributed by: Scott James Risko (KC2JFS)
First of all thanks Scott. Well, what can I say? Rob was definetly one of those people who would offer whatever he could for his friends. He was very much loved by all that knew him. Who could possibly forget his famous Rocky Mountain "Oysters". Rob will be deeply missed and I hope he is in a better place.
My Final 73 to you.
Contributed by: Andrew Genau (KC2GOW)
I would have to say, Rob was one unique guy. I met him back in the old "250" days when I was about 14.. Got him into ham radio with his first ham radio an ICOM IC-02AT ever since then he was bit of an ICOM fan. We went to many a Bayone Club meeting and Diner afterwards in that old Gray Van.. Later falling out of the hobby and comming back 10years later to find Rob still Monitoring the repeater 24-7. He was a great friend but more like a brother to me than my own family. He had suffered alot later in life but I would say that Ham Radio added quite a few bonus years that may not have been there without it. 73's old friend you will be missed.
P.S. P***S, P***S, W****S, P***S
Contributed by: Allan Staunton (N2LRY)
I talked to Rob many times on the EHN "rowdy crowd" repeater. I was saddened to hear he had passed. Needless to say Rob was glued to that repeater like he was mounted between the duplexer and controller. It was always fun to chat with him in the morning on my way home from work or any other times he was in there.
Losing people (or anyone) like this in the hobby is a shame, never to be replaced. Rob always answered your call and provided good conversation. I will miss you Rob, Its been a pleasure talking with you over the years good friend.. Richy N2ZD
Contributed by: Richy Russo (KB2CPW)
Rob was a pretty close friend of mine and I will miss him deeply. He was always there when nobody else was awake at 3AM to chat. He was the kind of person who would do just about anything to please a friend. There will be one thing about him that will stay in my mind for the rest of my life, Rob's recipe for "Rock Mountain Oysters" (honestly, if you don't know already what this is, my best advice is don't ask :) ).
My final 73 Robby,
Contributed by: Andrew Genau (KC2GOW)
Rob will be missed by many hams. As with many of us, Rob was my first contact as a new ham. He explained to me what PL was and why my HT needed it for most repeaters. Rob was also a dedicated volunteer for years. He was an OEM communications officer for many years too. He didn't miss a day during his term there. He trained me at the Linden location on the RACES nets, something I am still doing. He loved meeting me at the hot dog wagon in Clark for lunch, or sharing a coffee and donut. He loved his Cadillac, motorcycle, his model cars, his gun collection and of course, his radios. His first joy in life though, was offering his helping hand for all who needed one. I believe Rob will always be monitoring his favorite repeaters, so every now and then, you may hear him say kb-2-m-e-t fm-New-Jersey (Like the wcbs fm jingle). I will miss you Rob, and I will help perpetuate the good examples you've shown me during our all too brief friendship. 73 old buddy.
You were a loyal friend.
Jeff H Regan - - NJ5R
Contributed by: Jeff Regan (NJ5R)
I would use my call sign (KB2MKN), but it has lapsed for two years now. I would just like to also say that I have known Bob KB2MET for about 36 years. He brought me to the Ham experience back in 1991. We were also schoolmates in high school which makes this writing bittersweet. I had not gone to see him in 1 or 2 years which makes me feel ashamed as I type this. He was one dedicated Ham, and a helluva nice guy. He would do anything for you, and I mean anything, and I think all that interacted with him would agree with that. It greeved me to hear of his passing, especially when I found out almost two weeks later. All the people I met through him and the Ham Radio were the absolute best. Thanks to BEMARC over in Bayonne, N.J.
Bob, I loved you like a brother and I apologize for not hanging around as often as I should have. Rest in 10 meter peace my friend. One more shout out for my friend and fellow Ham Radio Operator. God bless you Bob, until we all meet for that big radio Gig in the sky. KB2MET, KB2MKN is now off the air..Godspeed my brother, Godspeed.
Contributed by: Anthony E. Fotia (ANTONIOFOTIA)
I had given Rob the nickname “Mr. Helpful” because he would always volunteer his opinion or his time or even his dirty underwear if he felt someone would benefit from it. He would always be there on the “kooky .575" to greet anyone who came on frequency without discrimination. I never new of anyone who could directly quote practically EVERY documentary ever shown on the History Channel! With conviction! He loved his... model cars, his cigars, loose women in bars, Rocky Mountain Oysters (it’s the gravy that makes them great), pissing people off on a global scale (thanks to Echo-Link), being told to sit in the corner and to ONLY speak when spoken to (courtesy of yours truly), being torn a new one by Jamie VK3FOR, telling Freddie N2LNO to “GET OFF YOUR ASS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!”, keeping Bob W2KX company while he worked his graveyard shift, constantly inviting Andy KC2GOW to come over and watch “Gladiator Films”(did I say that out loud?), and most of all... he loved to say the “P” word on the air WAY too much. Not a day would go by without him praising his Dad for his help and his love.
I regret not taking any of numerous opportunities to meet this helpful, kooky, loveable nut and sharing a cigar or maybe an oyster or two with him. This world is too full of folks that are negative and just don’t give a damn about anyone other than themselves. If any of us has a chance to get to know better a unique person such as Rob, take that chance.
Save a seat in the corner for me Rob. And feel free to speak to everyone. God speed.
Contributed by: Michael A. Negron (W2VOS)
ROB,ROB,ROB, good old Robert!, When I first meet Robert on the air, we had many QSO’S of interesting conversation, I never meet a person that knew so much about the history channel more that Robert did, in fact the writers on the history channel didn’t know as much as Robert did. Late night into the morning hours you could always find Rob on the repeater, there was always someone to talk to, and of course he would be very helpful, I have to say always willing to help. He would be busy assembling his model cars and always willing to discuss them who ever inquired about them. He had much knowage in this hobby. Ham radio was not a stranger to him; Robert was involved in radio since the earlier years, and always willing to help a fellow ham with there radio problems. Many nights Robert would offer to express his unhappiness with my conversation and point out how to correct my behavior (a little discipline never hurt no one) and it helped, keeping me on my toe’s. I know that Robert was often in a lot of pain that resulted in a lack of sleep, and discomfort, you could also sense it in his voice when speaking with him. I know he will be missed by all who knew him and fellow amateur radio operators. Now a silent key, I know he is with God. I will miss him.
Contributed by: N2LNO (N2LNO)
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