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Glenn Montenero (KJ6QB)
Every once in awhile one of those people comes along in life that can really have a good influence on you. About 6 years ago I met such a person after talking to him on the local repeater for several months. I decided to join the local radio club and met him at the first meeting I went to. Oh he was human just like the rest of us with foibles and the occasional problem. There was just something about him. Something that could draw you to be his friend. Or at least want to talk to him more. Maybe it was his outgoing personality or his uncanny ability to remember almost anything, I'm not sure exactly what it was. One of the things I liked about him was his personableness. The ability to put a person at ease with a kind word like "You Rock!" The distinctive presence on the local repeater that seemed to almost always be there night or day. The charismatic voice that kind of grew on you.
Along with others, he made up the Yucaipa Valley Amateur Radio Club, a group of Amateur radio enthusiasts like myself. At a time when the club could easily have ceased to exist, he stepped up as President. The club was resurrected from the dead with his able leadership and has become something to be proud of. He currently was what he liked to call "Membership Director," a role that he relished and was quite good at.
When our current club president called to tell me Glenn had become Silent Key it was as if someone knocked my legs out from under me. I was in total shock. I figured since I was older Glenn would attend my funeral, not vice-versa. Things like this aren't supposed to happen. Sadly though, they do. The rest of us are left to continue on and hold memories of the good times we've had together close to our hearts. I will pray for Glenn's wife and kids and never miss an opportunity to say hello to someone I know again. You just don't know when the ability to do so will be wrenched away.
I will miss Glenn but I will carry on as he would want. I'll keep on trying for that next DX contact on HF. I'll try to be there for others on the local repeater thereby giving tribute to Glenn Montenero, KJ6QB/SK.
Contributed by: Fred Ziegler (K6NLX)
I remember one of my first meetings almost 9 years ago when I first met KJ6QB/SK. Glenn immediately folded me in a hug, welcomed me to the group, and became one of my closest friends. He always had a smile on his face and laughter in his voice. I always laughed when he greeted me with the 'You Rock!' annotation. Glenn showed us through his love for his family, his dedication to friends, and his willingness to lend a helping hand, that life should be lived to the fullest and always with kindness. May you rest in piece and know that you will be forever in our hearts. We will continue to guide others in HAM Radio and promote the family of our groups! You, Glenn Montenero, KJ6QB/SK, ROCK!
Contributed by: Lucy Rebuck (KG6DHR)
Glenn and I met on the radio many years ago. The dreaded CB radio. He was quite young and not married at the time. Our paths crossed for a number of years and after he married Tammy they moved here to our town and began their family. He was always ready to be your friend. And that he was to me. We both managed to enter the world of Amateur Radio although not together or at the same time. As time went on we came together and continued our friendship up until his unfortunate demise.
Glenn was a helping hand no matter what the project. He lead more than followed and that became his trademark. One of my continuing projects is a local repeater system that includes 2 meter and 440 radios. Glenn was one of my driving supporters and my number one ready helper. He was always there for me. He became an avid active member of our local Ham club and was the voice of our “Monday Evening Net” on the W6LAR East Valley Repeaters as he called them. I can tell you he was wonderfully inspiring as he ran our net check in on both the 2 meter and 440 repeaters. He welcomed any and all as they checked in. Never forgot a birthday or a special mention to those who listened each week.
One thing I remember is that I told him he changed cars about as often as I changed sox. He always asked me to help him install or move his radios from one car to the other newer one. I did enjoy those times we shared together just doing what us hams do. He also was one to insist he come along when I did any maintenance on my repeaters. I never wanted for company and a helping hand.
He will be missed by me and many many others.
Larry Anderson, W6LAR
Contributed by: Lawrence R. Anderson (W6LAR)
After months of exchanging HF spots and rag chewing on the local 2m repeater, I had the opportunity to meet Glenn in person. From that point on, I had a friend for life.
Glenn was an first class friend, outstanding operator and one of the most genuine, intelligent and enthusiastic people I have had the pleasure to know. He became like a brother to me and my family with our families spending many evenings together enjoying each others company and good conversation. Glenn spent time in the waiting room with my wife during my surgeries, keeping everyone updated on my condition and being there for any of our needs. I still cherish the little angel bear he sent to remind me I was never alone.
Glenn encouraged the organization of Venturing Crew 800 and served as the Charter Organization Representative. He always tried to attend our special functions and was a mentor and instructor to all the crew members seeking their tickets. He especially enjoyed being the first on air contact for the kids after they received their call signs and many crew members have stories about the Parhump post" during the Baker to Vegas races. Whatever and whenever the crew needed help, he was there. Without his support, the crew would not be what it is today.
Our hearts go out to out to his wife Tammy and their beautiful daughters.
The amateur radio community has indeed lost an ambassador and I've lost a true friend.
Charles Kinnear - KD6RXY
Contributed by: CHARLES KINNEAR (KD6RXY)
Seriously folks, I did not know a thing about ham radio. I just knew I had an interest in it and went out, took the test and then bought a Kenwood mobile/base radio. I had received some frequency information from some friends I knew and listened in one day. There was this guy on the radio talking about some radio equipment. I still was very green and didn't dare talk on the radio even though I was fully licensed to do so. I wanted to buy a hand held and I wasn't sure which one but I had narrowed it down to two possibilities. The guy on the radio just happened to be talking about the radio I was most seriously thinking of buying. I got my courage up, waited for a break and broke into the conversation. I most of sounded like an idiot. My question was all backwards and I fumbled through the gist of what I was after. Now here is a real miracle. The guy on the other end not only understood what I was talking about but actually could decipher "newbe" gibberish. After he translated my nonsense backed to me he asked me if that was the real question. I said "yes" burying my head in my hands and feeling like a fool. He went on and gave me the ins and outs of the radio that I was after. He knew the pros and cons. He knew what it could and couldn't do. He said it was perfect for a new ham. I bought it. I bought it not because of the ins and outs of the radio. I bought it because KJ6QB said it was a good radio. He said I will have a lot of fun with it. He also said "welcome and I hope to talk to you again real soon". To me, it wasn't the radio, it was the guy who helped me. That was a couple of years ago. I joined YVARC because Glenn invited me and said I could learn more about radio then I would need. I also joined him for breakfast with his fellow "Shroomers" at a coffee house in Redlands. He insisted on paying. I guess my point is that Glenn led me the whole way and showed me his extensive knowledge of ham radio. He showed me and helped me more than a class room could ever hoped to. He also showed me fraternity and, more deeply and heart felt, fellowship. One of the last emails I got from Glenn was that he was surprised that I was in Ireland. he was worried that something had happened to my marriage and wanted to know where my kids and family were. I assured him that all was well and that I will be back in the summer. I'm still a newbe to the radio. Always will be. Amature radio will always be an on going quest and adventure. I will surely miss my leader, my mentor Glenn. One of the things I told Glenn was I needed to treat him to breakfast, to repay him. To show him mostly that I appreciated all his help, even if it was just a cup of coffee. I can't. But then, maybe some night, there will be a newbe talking gibberish, and then, maybe I can reach across the radio and say, "welcome, and I hope to talk to you real soon". It's not a cup of coffee Glenn, but I hope it will do. Blessings and love to the family and friends, from Dundrum, Ireland, KG6YUM.
Contributed by: Carolyn L. Usher (KG6YUM)
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