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These pages are devoted to photographs of GMRA members, and whenever possible their Amateur Radio equipment and stations. Additionally there are select photos of GMRA repeater equipment and antennas. You can click on any of the photos categories below to view them, and click on any photo to enlarge it:
GMRA Annual Business Meeting / Luncheon
December 11, 2004
Guest speaker, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, former FCC Special Counsel, captivated the audience with stories from the field, got some good laughs, and didn't even once have to look behind him to remember what club he was talking to. (He does get around.) Big thanks go to Riley for making time in his busy holiday schedule to come speak to us.

Photo courtesy of CT David, K3GXF.
Sign by Doug Lindsey, KB3HER.
“Two seats please” were probably the words spoken by Bob and Pat Barnes, KR3X and KB3BTB respectively, as they stood in line to sign up for the event. HD Scott, K3HDM (SK), (back to camera) and Cliff Thompson, KB3IJF, to his right, volunteered to do the sign in duties. It was a little hectic what with verifying members, providing prize stubs, collecting luncheon funds, signing up new members and maintaining lists. A big thank you guys from GMRA. To quote Donald Trump, “Your hired” for next year!

Photo courtesy of CT David, K3GXF.
These two photos give you an idea of the large attendance. Just a small portion of the 106 people who were there. Too many to list individually, so just take a look and see if you can find your smiling face, or in the case of those with their backs to the camera, take a guess.

Photos courtesy of CT David, K3GXF
Master of Ceremonies, and in high gear, GMRA President, Joseph Nunemaker, KD3VR. Joe had a lot of praise for GMRA members, pointing out their friendliness, generosity and helping hams in need. Joe himself is well known for his technical assistance. We cannot count the many Amateurs he has helped to erect antennas, fix and install equipment and provide advice over the years. Joe is also the licensee of the 146.610 repeater and head of your Technical Committee.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
GMRA Treasurer and member of your Board of Directors, Roy Ashlin Jr., N3NGA, reporting on the financial and membership health of your Association. Roy “keeps the books” but forgot his green eye shade (i.e. visor) for the meeting. Seriously, Roy does an enormous amount of administrative work for the Association burning the midnight oil on many a night. Thanks Roy, from all of us.

Photo courtesy of CT David, K3GXF.
Florence Nightingale may have been the most famous nurse in history, but Alice (Allie) Nunemaker, WB3AOA, runs a strong second when it comes to our local area. GMRA Secretary and member of your Board of Directors, Allie is a “Nurse in Charge in the Main Operating Room” at the Washington Hospital Center, WashDC. There have been many a ham who looked up when being wheeled into surgery to find Allie at their side providing comfort and assurance. She is one of a kind. You can find Allie on the 146.610 repeater most evenings enroute home. Give her a shout.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
“Hi toots” are words most associated with HD Scott, K3HDM, when he greeted Allie and other female hams on the repeaters. HD was one of the most diplomatic Control Operators for GMRA ("tough, but oh so gentle") and was the ARES/RACES representative for Prince George's County, MD. A lot of us owe HD big time for his helping hand and advice on a host of projects.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
“Hey guys, lets put up Washington DC’s first autopatch repeater! Words spoken in early 1971 by one of GMRA’s Founding Fathers, Murray Green, K3BEQ, shown here at the Annual meeting/luncheon. Response from two of the five original Founding Fathers follow below…………

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
“Are there really 34 prizes Joe?” may have been the words spoken by Fred Erskine, KX3Z, to Joe Saunders, K3UAL, during a quiet moment in the proceedings. Two of GMRA’s best. Thanks for attending guys.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
“Riley you have to come fly with me” were probably the words that W3RYQ, Don Tinari, was saying to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. Although Don doesn’t talk about it much he flew a bomber during World War II. A few years ago, he earned his private pilot’s license and recently moved from Bowie, Maryland to Dover, Delaware. Don is an excellent pilot and has taken many a GMRA member up in the wild blue yonder, including his dentist. Don doesn’t take any chances; who knows when a toothache may occur. Miss you Don.

Photo courtesy of CT David, K3GXF.
“What do you think Anderson? Should we do it?” asks Bob Saslaw, K3ZSB (SK), (L), to Robert Anderson, W3RTA, (R), who replied: “Another fine mess you got me into Sassy baby, but what the heck... let’s do it for the old codger!” Remaining Founding Fathers, not shown, are William Kisse, WA3GJD and George Meng, WA3OLQ. GMRA celebrates it’s 34th anniversary in the Fall of 2005.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
“I told myself a funny joke” said Paul Freirich, W3HFA, GMRA 1st V/President and member of your Board of Directors when asked why the huge smile. Usually GMRA members are laughing at the multitude of humorous stories that he tells both on and off the air. It must have been a good one Paul. (Only kidding on the quote.) Maybe he was beaming at the record breaking turnout. Do we see a flicker of a Paul Newman smile there?

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
(L-R) WB3JVC, Bill Flanigen and spouse Mary; K3GXF, CT David and spouse Sue, N3RWI, enjoying breaking bread together. CT is licensee of the 146.880 repeater. As you will note, a number of the Annual Meeting photographs were taken by CT, but not this one. These are some of the finest people you would ever want to meet. We are fortunate to have them as members.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
“I really won, no kidding I really won. I can’t believe it!” could have been the words spoken by W3TOM, Tom Abernethy, to his spouse Debbie, KA3VNF. Tom is the ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager and is usually ineligible for prizes when attending ARRL sponsored hamfests and events. Not this time. He won the GRAND PRIZE! Congrats Tom.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
Now that is one absolutely magnificent smile on the face of Ron Montgomery, KC4QCE. No wonder. Ron was the winner of 150’ of new LMR-400 low loss coaxial cable donated by RF Depot, Beltsville, MD. Ron recently retired from the military and relocated to the Germantown area but still retains his GMRA membership.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
If you haven’t talked to this GMRA member on the air, you must have been in Iraq or totally inactive. Meet “Cape”, N3TTX (SK), Capers Gambrell, a mainstay on GMRA repeaters. Cape takes a great photograph and do we detect a slight Howard Hughes/Clark Gable profile?

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
David Hunter, KB3JKO, GMRA's Web Site Technical Manager, is shown here doing a standing imitation of the GMRA Caretaker Photo (i.e. asleep). David looks slightly less sleepy than shown here when he's busy updating our website (after his kids have gone to bed), but at least then his eyes are usually open!

Photo courtesy of CT David, K3GXF.
Meet Bill Clark, K3MHZ. An ardent CW operator, fisherman and skeet shooter, Bill is also a Volunteer Examiner for the Laurel VEC. The number of CW examinations he has given to new and seasoned hams alike over these many years could fill volumes. Thanks Bill for your many contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
That’s W3CAT, Ken Firestone, waving to the photographer. Ken is a relatively new GMRA member but did not hesitate to be a prize benefactor to the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Thanks Ken, that was very generous of you. (Note: Prize contributors are listed at the end of the prize photographs contained in another page of this web site.)

Photo courtesy of David Hunter, KB3JKO.
The photograph shows the 34 prizes given out to GMRA members in attendance; some them previously identified. The laptop to the left of the photograph, unfortunately, was not one of the prizes. These computers have a mind of their own and find a way to creep into photographs.

Photo courtesy of CT David, K3GXF.
34 Prizes To 34 Deserving Members:

“Luck be my lady tonight.” A line from a song sung by Frank Sinatra. 34 lucky GMRA members sang that song substituting “tonight” for “today” at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. The winners and their prizes are as follows:
See you at the next meeting, in December 2005!    That’s all folks...
73 From GMRA
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