KS6P is now SK

Discussion in 'Silent Keys / Friends Remembered' started by W7EFS, Jun 10, 2021.

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  1. W7EFS

    W7EFS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Our FAA/FCC friend Kim Schmidt has now achieved SK status as of 06/03/2021, reported by the Rancho Cordova PD on 06/09/2021 in response to my well-being inquiry when he didn't take NCO as scheduled on the NorCal SkyWarn net.

    Kim was a retired FAA Air Traffic Controller with extensive experience in Monterey Bay, CA. He was also an FCC "Amateur Extra" operator, as well as a designated FAA SkyWarn Net Control Operator, as am I.

    Kim will be surely missed, yet well-remembered here.
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  2. KB6LEE

    KB6LEE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I knew Kim only a short time, but he certainly made an impression. He could be a bit eccentric but usually had a kind heart. He also had an interesting history in radio, both amateur and commercial as an ATC. Looking forward to hear some others send their 73 to Kim.

    I have a Q regarding his date of passing, though. The official date says 6/3/21, but I thought I heard him on the WinSystem Swap Net on Friday, 6/4/21. Am I mistaken?
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  3. WX1FLY

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    I talked to Kim a couple of times on the WIN system. I was a pilot for American Eagle during his tenure as an air traffic controller at Monterey (MRY) airport. I was flying in and out of there so often we figured we must have talked to each other a few times during that era. Godspeed.
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  4. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Jerry, when was Kim ATC at MRY? I got a tour of the MRY tower in 1979, and I kinda remember the guys (I was a teenager, and it was a blast...they were a riot to watch and learn from).
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  5. WX1FLY

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    I don't know exactly but I was flying in and out of there during the 1990's and he was there then so he and I must have talked we figured (in ATC terms he worked my flight). I would fly in and out of there once or twice a week at least. Sometimes we would fly a couple of round trips between SFO and MRY in a day before ending up on an overnight layover in Monterey.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2021
  6. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lots of fog in July and August in MRY, probably tougher to get clearance for landing with minimums than KSFO. Plus with the turn on final for 28L in between the "hills" can be...interesting. I went to the York School 78-79 right under where the planes make their turns on final. I loved sitting outside and eating my lunch while the planes came in for landing. Back then, there was on 28R. And the other runway was still open (07/25, if I remember correctly).
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  7. DJ0AJ

    DJ0AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    KS6P rrespect fully vy73 djoaj ekrem
  8. K2HAT

    K2HAT QRZ Volunteer Volunteer Moderator Volunteer DX Helper QRZ Page

    My Condolences.

    I have not been able to find an obituary or death notice. Do you have a link please?
  9. KB6LEE

    KB6LEE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kim's Zed page is interesting. He was at MRY from 89 to 03 as NorCal Aprch. I don't think I spoke to him during my time flying little planes around the area during the time he was there, though. He was transferred to SAC in 03 and retired from there, but it doesn't say when. I haven't found an obit either.
  10. WX1FLY

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    I monitor the WinSystem often and it was unusual for an hour to go by without hearing Kim. I haven't heard him or mention of him in weeks. Not a confirmation of course but just my observation.

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