I came into this world on October 28th, 1961 in
Kansas, USA. Coffeyville
where the infamous
met their end.
Interestingly, a descendent of one of the members of the Dalton Gang is
one of my colleagues at work today!
I graduated with the "Class of '78" from
Peoria High School
I was conferred an Associate in
Arts degree by the
University of Maryland
, while serving in the
United States Navy
at Rota, Spain.
Many years later I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from
Thomas Edison State College
I was granted the Amateur Radio Callsign "K6EKB
" in 1998.
I speak fluent German & English, some
Russian and some Spanish.
I was mobilized by the US Navy Reserve in January,
2006 and served in Baghdad, Iraq until April, 2007.
In December, 2007 I was discharged from the US Navy Reserve and
joined the US Army Reserve
I was mobilized stateside by the US Army Reserve from January 2011 to January 2012
with a four month temporary duty in Kabul, Afghanistan during the summer and fall of 2011.
I continue to serve as a Warrant Officer in an Army Reserve Unit.
In my civilian career, I work as a Software
to Susanne Braaten.
Between us, we have 6 wonderful children and five grandchildren.
Back when I had spare time, I enjoyed
riding my Honda ST 1300 sport touring
camping, hiking, target practice, and playing the acoustic guitar.
I'm a charter member of the
Granite Dome "Hard Landing Club
I'm an inactive member of the
Thurston County ARES/RACES team.
If you call me "Mr. Ed" then you have to sing
Mr. Ed's Theme Song
My To-do List
- Mow the lawn.
- Setup a Wx station.
- Develop some Android apps.
- Setup a remote Linux PSK31 station with a RIGblaster.
- Wardrive all of Rainier and beyond...
If you are the Bill Walp (William Walp) who went to Thunderbird High School in Phoenix,
Arizona during the 1975-1976 school year, or if you know Bill and know how to contact him, please