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Saint Inez greeter

K7BVT - 12-20-2023 at 12:12 AM

There used to be a guy that would ride a 3 wheeler with a Pomeranian in the afternoon at St Inez to talk with all the new visitors. I think his name was Ralph and he was an amateur radio operator. Is he still with us and if so anyone know his call letters? Chuck K7BVT

David K - 12-20-2023 at 11:02 AM

Quote: Originally posted by K7BVT  
There used to be a guy that would ride a 3 wheeler with a Pomeranian in the afternoon at St Inez to talk with all the new visitors. I think his name was Ralph and he was an amateur radio operator. Is he still with us and if so anyone know his call letters? Chuck K7BVT


On 10-14-20, JohnMcfrog posted a photo of Ralph in this thread about Santa Ynez: https://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=92284

I also reached out to 'Elena La Loca' (Nomad Ham operator who used to provide updates from Ralph) for any news.

David K - 12-20-2023 at 11:16 AM

From Elena La Loca this morning:

I have no current information on the status of Ralph/Pat. Maybe Matilde @ Rancho Santa Yn├ęs or her daughter Linda could provide that for you. Merry Christmas.

KaceyJ - 12-20-2023 at 01:10 PM

Ralph has long been a figure in the fall and winter months at the rancho but he is probably pushing his late 80's + about now . He was always a gentleman and a very interesting person to talk to. I have not been by the ranch since shortly after Oscar passed which was some time ago so I don't have any current info.
My suggestion to you is to look up the ham directory for Ramah NM , where I believe he resided .

David K - 12-20-2023 at 04:11 PM

Quote: Originally posted by KaceyJ  
Ralph has long been a figure in the fall and winter months at the rancho but he is probably pushing his late 80's + about now . He was always a gentleman and a very interesting person to talk to. I have not been by the ranch since shortly after Oscar passed which was some time ago so I don't have any current info.
My suggestion to you is to look up the ham directory for Ramah NM , where I believe he resided .


Call Sign: N6MNO, Licensee ID: L00266552, Grant Date: 07/12/2016, Expiration Date: 08/05/2026, Registrant: Lowell R Schoonmaker, Hc 61 Box 3043, Ramah, NM 87321
Read more: https://www.city-data.com/aradio/lic-Ramah-New-Mexico.html

K7BVT - 12-22-2023 at 01:18 PM


Ralph, Lowell R Schoonmaker, N6MNO Ramah NM was what I was looking for. Ramah NM looks like it might be more remote than St Inez. FCC log says he was born in 1933 so he is 90 this year. He is one of the more interesting people I have met in Baja.

Thanks for suggestions and help.