I came into this world on October 28th, 1961 in Coffeyville, Kansas, USA. Coffeyville is where the infamous Dalton Gang met their end. Interestingly, descendents of one of the members of the Dalton Gang are among my colleagues at work today! I graduated with the "Class of '78" from Peoria High School, Peoria, Arizona, USA. I was conferred an Associate in Arts degree by the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies by Thomas Edison State University. I was granted the Amateur Radio call sign "K6EKB" in 1998. On February 18th, 2017 I changed my call sign to "N7EKB". I speak fluent German & English, some Russian and some Spanish. I've served my country on active duty in both the US Navy and US Army and continue to serve as a Warrant Officer in a US Army Reserve unit. In my civilian career, I worked for 30+ years as a Software Engineer for Intel Corporation. I retired from Intel on December 31st, 2016 when the Intel DuPont, Washington site closed. I'm happily married to Susanne Braaten. Between us, we have six children and six grandchildren. Among my hobbies are: long-distance motorcycle touring, sailing, Amateur Radio, EMCOMM, camping, hiking, target practice, and playing the acoustic guitar. I'm a charter member of the Granite Dome "Hard Landing Club". I'm a member of the Yelm Amateur Radio Group. If you call me "Mr. Ed" then you have to sing Mr. Ed's Theme Song! :-)
If you are the Bill Walp (William Walp) who went to Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona during the 1975-1976 school year, or if you know something about Bill Walp, or even better, know how to contact him, please e-mail me.