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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Robert J. Calvert (K4NBC)

December 14, 2012

Bob was a true friend and mentor to many hams, new and old. Always had an interesting story to tell. God Bless you Bob, Rest in Peace.

Contributed by: Dennis (KB2VUQ)

Rest in peace Bob....keep the power supply going up there.

Contributed by: GILBERT LUGO JR (K2YNY)

Bob will be missed. He was a good friend to many! 73...Rest in Peace

Contributed by: Tony Napolitano (N2XJS)

I'll miss his stories.

Contributed by: Mark Halabuda (W2UIS)

Bob, we will miss you, we had a great time, and thank you so much for all your help. Your passing is truly our loss. 73 AC2O

Contributed by: Neil Shubert (AC2O)

No one knows when the time will come. Bob's time with us ended way too soon. Bob and I had a project that we were working on. The repeater had been installed and it needed some additional work. The repeater was close to his house. I spoke with him earlier that evening the same night of the accident. Bob will be missed by his friends and family. I will miss him as a good friend. 73 Albert Moreschi II AG4BV

Contributed by: Albert F. Moreschi II (AG4BV)

whao, I just saw Bob at the Okeechobee hamfest this past November and we chat about repeaters and other things and now I am in shock about hearing about his passing. My condolences to the family and relatives and God Bless you Bob and Rest in Peace... R.I.P... SK.... k4nbc

Contributed by: Miguel Orama (K4NBC)

I talked to Bob frequently on simplex in Florida and then via EchoLink after moving away. He will be missed. 73 Bob. We salute you.

Contributed by: Mat (KC8NZJ)

I could tell bob was a great guy the short time i talked with him, He will be missed

Contributed by: martin starocci (N1FLH)

I'm going to miss Bob, I always loved talking to him. He was a great guy loved by all. 73' Bob

Contributed by: Peter A. Bordonali (AA4PN)

I always loved talking to Bob. He will be missed. He was liked by everyone. 73' Bob

Contributed by: Peter A. Bordonali (AA4PN)

Although I've never met Bob (K4NBC) in person, we had many interesting QSO's on 2 meters locally here in Florida and via Echolink while either he or I were out of town. I considered him a very good friend. His passing was a shock to me as it was to everyone in our ham community. Bob I miss you and always will. My condolences go out to all his family and friends. 73 Forever my Friend Rest in Peace

Contributed by: Thomas Herschlein (KD7DAW)

Hi All, I met Bob at my place in Okeechobee in the early 80s when he showed up at a barbecue and what we called "Shoot out at the Swamp". Several hams from Orlando, WPB and surrounding cities would get together a couple of times a year for a day of target practice and ribs on the grill. Bob came rolling in in his old blue van with his wife Vicky and joined in as if one of the guys. I ask around as to who had invited him and most thought I had. Turned out he had heard us on 146.500 talking about the event and invited himself. Doesn't that sound like Bob? For the first few months he would show up at the Swamp "my house" and hang around for several hours at a time asking question or dominating the conversation and eating anything left over from supper. Many times I would say "shut up Bob, I've heard it before". That may quite him for all of 15 seconds then he would carry on with the story. I listened to tall tails and adventures about investigating this or that and video he had on the Betacam he always had in the van, blowing it off as just so much BS but I did find him interesting in a unique sort of way. About 6 month after meeting Bob, he showed up with a VHS tape and to my amazement, the stories were true. I don't think he ever showed up at my place that he didn't haul off something from the scrap pile but he would always ask if he could have it. Some of you know I was in the tower business so had plenty of hardline and old antennas laying around to pick through. I once removed 400 feet of R55G and replaced it with a Rohn 80 so Bob took the R55 to his place. I don't remember if we traded or he bought it but he started stacking 190 feet at his place in Indiantown. I don't remember how much he got up but I finally had to finish stacking it for him. He would come by the fabrication plant in Okeechobee with some project he was working on to get my help and not only get me to work for nothing but usually haul away something for the scrap pile. A few years ago he bought a Bell OH58 Helicopter at a Sheriff sale in NC and hauled it home. If you knew Bob you likely knew the line of work he was in sometimes put him at odds with the law. Not that he was breaking the law but rather the other way round. Do to a past incidence with the PBSO, he became a target of harassment of Martin SO and the Helicopter became a point of controversy. He was told he needed a permit to have it on his place “not so” but Bob went out of his way to appease code enforcement on all points of contention. I went to Indiantown, loaded the chopper and hauled it to our ranch where it sat for several month until I needed the trailer. We then moved it to the plant where it sat until the hanger was finished. If I needed help with tower work or anything else, Bob was there. I believe Bob is now tuned in on a “light powered” transceiver listening to us all. I can't tell you how much I would love to have him come into my house at this moment run that mouth and take over the conversation. I will miss him dearly. George Sweatt W4QJP 863 634-3410 Please send me any photos you may have of Bob as we are putting together a photo montage for family and friends. I will post it on my website and provide a link at the bottom of my emails messages when it's finished.

Contributed by: George Sweatt (W4QJP)

I will miss Bobs stories and conversations on 2 meters. We passed the time many times into the early morning hours. Rest in peace Bob.

Contributed by: Joey Lopez (KJ4VVU)

Bob had one of those voices that demanded respect . He will be missed ! Rich w3rkc

Contributed by: richard k conover (W3RKC)

I met Bob in the late 1980s at my RadioShack dealership. Bob would drop in frequently and regale us with stories of his exploits. He was larger than life. Bob was a freelance photo journalist and videographer, an avid "professional" amateur radio operator, a tower rigger and helicopter pilot. Bob was the consumate Paparazi investigative reporter. He often put his safety at risk covering high profile individuals. Of all the stories Bob told me, the one I will remember the most is the story of Bob himelf. Rest in Peace Bob.

Contributed by: Larry Cohen (WA2TRJ)

Three years ago today we lost Bob.

Contributed by: Mark Halabuda (W2UIS)

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