Mr. John S. Ruggieri, age 84, Jonesborough, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
Mr. Ruggieri was born in Providence, Rhode Island and the son of the late John & Olive Cifu Ruggieri.
He was an Air Traffic Controller.
Survivors include his wife, Margarite L. Welsh Ruggieri, Jonesborough.
Graveside services will be conducted 1:00 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
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|Jack was a wonderful brother and is survived by three
Michael, Peter and Paul, numerous nieces and nephews and
loving husband husband to Maggie.
He was very active his whole life in aviation and Hamm radio.
Following is his own account of his passions.
My radio experience was obtained by going through the USAF
radio operator's school at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS during
1953. I was assigned to Dover AFB, DE where I flew as a crew
member in C-54's and then brand new C-124 Globemasters
flying mostly to northern Canada, Newfoundland, Greenland,
Iceland the UK, Europe and N. Africa sometimes stopping at
the Azores Islands. Communications were mostly AM and a lot
of CW using the Collins ART-13 transmitter and two BC-348
receivers which I believe were made by RCA.
In early 1956 I was transferred to Goose Bay, Labrador where
I flew in B-29's performing electric countermeasure missions
(ECM) to test the Distant Early Warning (DEW line) radar sites
protecting northern USA & Canada. InSept. of 1956, I obtained
my amateur radio license and was assigned the call sign
W1NVC since I was originally from RI. The day I received my
license, I went into one of the B-29's that was in the hangar
going through maintenance. A power unit was plugged in so I
fired up the ART-13 and gave a call on the 20 meter band. The
antenna being used was a long wire from the front of the
fuselage back to the tip of the tail vertical stabilizer. Being in
Canada, my call sign was W1NVC/VOA6. I got an immediate
response from a ham in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. That was
my first contact using my own call sign. Later, while flying, I
operated some aeronautical mobile using AM and CW on 20
meters. I also participated in MARS at the Goose Bay amateur
station, where I was assigned the call sign AF1NVC.
In 1957 I was transferred to Harlingen AFB, TX where I flew in
T-29's that were used to train navigators. I also operated some
aeronautical mobile. At my home station I used a Heath Kit
DX-100, a Hammarlund HQ-110 on a vertical antenna
operating as W1NVC/5 and was able to work all states. Upon
discharge, I moved back to RI where I went to college and
finally got to operate in my home state. I also flew in the RI Air
National Guard, again as a radio operator but now in the SA-
16 Albatross occasionally operating some aeronautical mobile
on 20 meters.
In 1959 I moved to VA where I obtained a new job as an Air
Traffic Controller in the old Norfolk Air Route Traffic Control
Center as well as Control Tower, Radar Approach and a
Communicator in the Flight Service Station. Now being in VA, I
obtained my current call sign of K4GML
Around 1964, I am sorry to say that I sold most of my amateur
equipment and did not operate HF for over 45 years since I got
heavily involved in aviation. I obtained different pilot
certificates working all the way up to Airline Transport Pilot
(ATP) and Flight Instructor. I also flew part time as a corporate
pilot and stayed active on the 2 meter band using an Icom 2-
AT hand held mostly for phone patching through repeaters,
while airborne, to call the XYL. In August of 2010, I was proud
to receive the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award for 50
years as a pilot promoting safe aircraft flight operations.
Now being retired, we moved to TN. I met a local ham, K4SE,
and he convinced me to get back on HF. So, in late 2009, I
purchased a Yaesu FT-450AT, put up a vertical and a home
made 5 band dipole and got back on HF. I have since added
an Ameritron AL-80B amplifier and I am having a ball on all the
bands using SSB and some CW. I have already worked all
states. My recent purchase is a 50 watt Yaesu FT-1900R 2
meter rig where I stay active with the local hams using
repeaters. I am an active member of the JohnsonCity Amateur
Radio Association. On Oct.27, 2012, I took the test and
updated my license to the Amateur Extra Class and also got
designated as a VE.
Even though I am still an active pilot and flight instructor, I
don't do much flying or instructing since most of my free time is
now devoted to amateur radio.
73's, K4GML, John
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