Patricia Elaine Gibbons WA6UBE SK

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  1. G4TUT

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    Patricia Elaine Gibbons WA6UBE SK

    Patricia Elaine Gibbons WA6UBE
    , well known for her interest in Military and Tactical Communications equipment and techniques, has passed away

    Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA writes:

    11 Mar 2010. With great sadness, I regret to inform that Patricia (Trish) Elaine Gibbons WA6UBE (SK) died in the arms of her spouse last night, of an apparent cardiac problem, while she was out at a coffeehouse get-together with friends.

    Elaine is very well-known for her "armyradios" group and her activities in the field of radio communications. She was an avid enthusiast of mil radios, encryption, rifles, spy books, and 3d virtual worlds. Elaine had retired from a 30+ year career in Public Safety Communications in Silicon Valley, California.

    Elaine is survived by her wife, Ms. Carla Satra, and her brother. Memorial plans are not announced yet.

    She and Carla, her loving partner of 23 years, were one of the few couples who wed when California initially legalized gay marriage in 2008.

    I will always remember the twinkle in her eyes whenever Elaine was around radios, her life's passion. Her kind gentle spirit and outgoing personality touched all those around her. We will miss her deeply.

    WA6UBE, your signal will go on forever.

    Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA

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  2. W6EM

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    My condolences and sympathy to all who knew her.

    One of the things I guess I found so unique about the SF Bay Area from having lived and worked there was its diversity.

    I have and always will believe that characteristic supports world-class innovation and creativity like no other. All one need do is look around.

    May she rest in peace.

  3. KA5S

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    I met Trish at a couple of HFPack functions in the Bay Area. It's a shock to hear she's gone. My condolences to her family and friends.

  4. W6JED

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    Meeting Trish on RTTY over 25 years, I knew she was a brilliant and unique person.

    Finally getting to meet her in person several times at Ham Conventions and having lunch, yes indeed we were impressed with her technical abilities.

    To claw your way up the ladder in her job, based upon technical ability was truly amazing.

    One amazing story. I sold her a RC Glider, which she had never flown before. She learned to fly it by herself and never crashed it!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Carla and the family.

    We will miss you.


  5. K7IN

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    Patricia was a friend and great source of information especially on military "green" radios. She posted photos of my comm van project several years ago and also of my radio operator days while in Viet Nam with the Marines.... She was was unique person and a kind an gentle soul. She will be missed by many....

    Paul Cavnar - K7IN
    (former NN7B)
  6. KQ6XA

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    WA6UBE (sk)

    Farewell, Elaine.
  7. N2RRA

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    God rest her soul and may her husband find comfort in knowing she's in a better place.

    Our condolences!

  8. WJ6R

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    It was always nice to talk to her when she called. She was one of our long time customers and a very cool person.

    She'll be missed

    RIP my friend.
  9. W7LHT

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    Elaine will be missed I know for a fact I enjoyed her youtube videos and became more interested in CW by watching them. I think the next youtubers on the air will not be the same without her there
  10. VO1XH

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    Sorry to hear of Elaine's passing,she had some great youtube videos and she was a wealth of knowledge in the area of military and emergency radio. She will be greatly missed. May God bless her family and friends at this time.73 VO1XH,Don
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