In Memoriam – George Bisso

April 1, 2013
By

George Bisso, W7GLB, A Man Who Loved Radio

George at work, KRKO HD

George Bisso passed away on March 20, 2013.

George’s life was radio, whether it was high powered AM and FM broadcast, coastal NWS transmitters or mountain top two-meter ham repeaters.

Please feel free to post your memories of George below.

Jim Dalke W7PB, SBE Chapter 16, Waveguide Editor

 


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15 Responses to In Memoriam – George Bisso

  1. Jim
    March 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    We will miss you George!

  2. Rowland
    March 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Though my time spent with George was limited compared to others I learned a lot from him. His generosity helping others by sharing use of his many amateur repeaters will always be appreciated. The night before he passed away we talked for about 45 minutes. He sounded great and was looking forward to finally going home. I will always cherish that conversation.

  3. Jon N8XVE
    March 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I always enjoyed talking with George about broadcasting on the way home from KCPQ. Our discussions were very interestingw to the other operatpors on the 147.08 repeater. I never got a chance to meet him in person. I wish I had. Iwill miss him.

  4. Theresa
    March 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I remember meeting George in the fall of 2009 when he offered to let the Red Cross Communications Team use his repeater system. I was so impressed by his generosity and willingness to help us. I always enjoyed hearing his voice during our Tuesday evening Red Cross net. George’s heart was in the right place. I will miss him.

  5. Jon
    March 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    George was always willing to help others in need. On several occasions he was able to loan equipment or expertise needed to solve problems with the non-commercial educational stations on a tight budget. A good man is gone.

  6. Blaine, N7NJO
    March 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

    First my condolences to Judy and the rest of George’s family… I became acquainted with George as one of the many truck drivers he shepherded throughout the days and nights on the .08 repeater.. He always was looking out for us either through traffic reports that he made special trips to the internet or the weather updates he would get off of the “aeronautical sites” or many other bits of information that brightened our time on the road!!! Greatly appreciated our talks about radio whether it was amateur or his past experiences in commercial radio!!! Ways looked forward to coming back west of the mountain because I always new George would be there to welcome me back home when I signed on the .08… I will miss our talks greatly!!! Rest in peace George, fair winds and following seas and may you find the most powerful and earnest transmitter to maintain in the hereafter!!! 73, George de N7NJO… k

  7. Tom
    March 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

    A sad day for Seattle radio. George was a unique personality and was truly a devoted and tireless supporter of the business and the hobby of radio. He was always more than willing to assist other engineers and was very kind and helpful to me personally.

  8. Laura
    March 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Just moments ago I found out George had passed away. I was talking with him late Tuesday night and am shocked to find out he had died. I have been good friends with George for a long time, but never had the opportunity to meet his family. If anyone knows how to put me in contact with his family please email at @ yazming1313@gmail com or call me @ 425-343-6717. Thank you, Laura

  9. Kristin
    March 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

    iv known george for 8 years and just in so much shock that my good buddy george wont be returning home. if there is any information on the service please let me know. we would love to go!!! kristincox64@yahoo.com or 281.746.5634 and if anyone knows his sisters name or WALTS number please please let me know thanks

  10. Dan, ke7dks
    March 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    George will surely be missed by the many regulars of the 147.08 repeater. You always knew he was listening and could always be counted on for an education in amateur radio. We spoke many Sunday nights when no one else was awake. Sunday nights can be very quiet as I begin my local travels at 9:00PM for UPS trucking.Most nights GLB would be there when most were asleep. Will miss him and his voice greatly.73′s George.Dan

  11. Ben Hill-Phila
    March 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    George was like a brother to me and all the guys at the old EZ Communications co. We worked well as a unit even though we were spread out across the country and would meet up at the NAB convention in Vegas every year and debate, argue, agree, disagree and approve on all topics from rf engineering to processing to the world in general.
    I will miss George dearly and miss him at NAB. He was and is a great friend and a dear husband to Judy and family man and one hell of a engineer!

    Ben

  12. Dan N7VOE
    March 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I met George from the 708 repeater, like many others, and always enjoyed our converstions on that repeater. They were usually technical in nature and I would, more times than not, come away learning something new from George. He knew alot about radio both commercial and amateur. He gave alot to the ham community and will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with his family during this time.
    73s OM de n7voe

  13. HARRY, W7DNK
    April 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    TALKING TO GEORGE WAS LIKE FRESH AIR. AS A TRUCK DRIVER YOU TALK TO PERSONS IN A DAYS WORK WHO ARE JUST NASTY, BUT GETTING BACK INTO THE TRUCK AND BACK ON THE AIR THERE WAS ALWAYS WAS GEORGE,CALM AND READY TO TALK. OVER THE PAST 2 YRS AT HOME GEORGE STARTED TALKING TO MY GRANDSON, JONATHON RICHARD OR JR (JR IS 6YRS OLD) ON THE RADIO. BOTH GEORGE AND JONATHON JR TALKED WITH EACH OTHER, GEORGE ASKING QUESTIONS AND JR TELLING HIM WHAT HE DID IN SCHOOL THAT DAY. THE BEST PART ,JR WOULD ALWAYS SAY OVER WHEN HE GAVE IT BACK TO GEORGE .JR MISSES GEORGE 73′S GEORGE

  14. Allan Persyn
    April 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I first met George in 1956 when I transferred into the 5th grade at the local parochial school in Concord, California. Do I remember George – youbetcha. He was a really smart kid, but always stirring up a bit of dust! I remember bicycling over to his house on what is now known as Bisso Lane. Our dads worked in the same oil refinery which was owned by Tidewater Oil Company (Flying A). George left that school to attend the 7th grade at the public middle school.I never saw him again. Then in the early 2000s, the (Seattle-King Co) Public Health Amateur Radio group (PHAR), of which I was a member, started using the 147.08 MHz repeater for its nets. At some point George Bisso’s name started to show up on a couple of emails. Thinking that there can’t be too many George Bissos in the world, I sent him an email with a simple message: “Queen of All Saints school.” Didn’t take long to get a reply! Many radio and phone conversations took place over the following years. Some were about radio business, some were great discussions of growing up in Concord and all that has happened since. As a group, the PHAR group didn’t have a lot of experience or technical know-how and George knew it. He fretted and worried about every detail down to the antennas we had on our handheld radios. He made sure that the Cougar Mtn repeater was turned on for our nets as he knew that some of our members may not be able to reach the Tiger Mtn repeater. Last summer when I was talking to him on the phone, I mentioned that I had just bought a new antenna to put on my house. When I mentioned what it was, I heard a groan over the phone, then silence, then George saying, “Well it should work okay.” I knew immediately that I should have bought that other one – after all George did know what was best. I wish I could be at the gathering this Sunday, April 7th, but I will be in the Concord area visiting family. Ironically, I will be driving past Bisso Lane in my travels down there. Of the many times we talked about getting together in person, we never did. As others have said before me, George knew and loved radio. But beyond that, he always wanted it to be the best it could be. He was commited to making the 147.08 repeater a real assest to the community. Thanks, George….

    73 W7GLB de K7NWR (Allan Persyn)

  15. Linda
    April 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    RIP Big Grizz, you will be missed!