SK Bill Winter K3JPB, Father of PARA System

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Submitted by K3RF:

“We had a significant loss in EPa recently. My Elmer and friend for some 45 years, Bill Winter K3JPB, father of the advanced Philadelphia area repeater association 146.760 repeater (along with others) died last week. I was with him just a day before at his home in Newtown Square. Many knew Bill.”

The text of his obituary is posted copied below (linked).


Obituary of Bill Winter K3JPB

William Dunham Winter, 90, of Newtown Square, passed away on April 16, 2016.

Born in Plymouth, MA in 1925, he was the son of the late Peter William and Charlotte Warren (nee Bumpus) Winter.
Bill and his family descended from the Mayflower passenger Richard Warren.

He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1943 and served honorably in the US Army from 1943-1954. Bill worked at UNIVAC/UNISYS in Blue Bell, PA and Tactical Technologies, Inc. in Holmes, PA.

Bill was one of the 6-man development team for the RS232 serial computer interface. He worked on many of the world’s first general purpose computers while at Univac, and traveled extensively helping to develop the early US military computer systems around the world. Bill developed numerous unique covert surveillance devices for law enforcement and the US military during his career. He was also the holder of several electronic patents.

As an avid Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) enthusiast for most of his adult life, together with his good friend Fred Doughty (W3PHL) and others he helped with the early development of PARA & was a member of the esteemed Radio Club of America. Bill regularly attended and participated in the International Hamvention (Amateur Radio Convention) in Dayton, Ohio. Now a Silent Key, Bill’s call sign was K3JPB.

Bill was the Deputy Arch Bastard of the “Cold Solder Joint” Chapter 442, of the International Order of Old Bastards.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ellen Elizabeth “Betty” Winter (nee Earley); the loving father of Ellen Patricia Winter Snyder (Richard) of Folsom and Carol Ann Winter of Newtown Square; the grandfather of Kyle Dunham Snyder, Kayla Brynn Snyder Pedmo (Cory), Kelly Sue Snyder, Abu Bakarr Winter, and Abu Bakarr Fullah; the brother of Gretchen Winter Lee Kourta; the uncle of Karen Lee Logins, JoAnn Lee, and Robert “Bobby” Lee as well as many more nieces and nephews; he is also survived by his best companions Larry Will, and Andrew Seybold.

Services & Interment will be private.

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