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Postby alex » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:06 pm

Monty Sisco passed away last night, around 11:30PM due to a heart attack.

It was a very sudden, unexpected - and his family is in shock.

Monty was very well known and respected individual person on the board - a great contributor, and took his time to help everyone out - big and small.

I'm working to get more information for everyone regarding what is going on. Ken is working to straighten out Monty's business - if you were in the middle of something with Monty, Ken will work to make resolution with you. Continue to get in contact with his family at

Monty was a very well respected individual, and he will be missed.



I have spoken with Monty's wife this evening, and she told me that it would be OK to put their address here for people if you want to send cards/flowers, etc. I asked about services, and it is going to be a private family service, so I have no further information regarding that. I am going to be sending them flowers tonight on behalf of all of us on the board, but i'm sure your thoughs, prayers, what have you would be very well recieved in cards.


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[ note: origional thread disappeared from the database, which had some words from Ken his son. I feel very very bad about this. If people would post their comments again, I'm sure Ken will be checking back here -Alex]
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Postby motor59 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:07 pm

What a shame... his contributions, insights and knowledge will be sorely missed here on the board and elsewhere.

He and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Postby JAYMZ » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:11 pm

Mony, you will be missed by all.

To his family I offer my deepest regrets and condolences on your loss and in this time of sadness. God Bless and may he Rest in Peace


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A Terrible Loss

Postby FireGuy » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:13 pm

I knew the man fo 15 years,and had been to his home on a few occasions.

I e-mailed the family and am awaitng infomation on the services that i am planning to attend, i will post the information when i have it.

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Postby Victor Xray » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:13 pm

Monty will be missed by hundreds, perhaps even thousands who shared his common interests. His free advice and personal help with technical problems were an invaluable gift to our community.

Monty helped us all; he touched us all.

Thank You, Monty.

The Sisco family will be in my prayers.

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Postby ANB_Medic » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:17 pm

It's a very sad thing when the world loses a good man. Although I did not know Monty personally, I know what king of person he was and he will be missed by a lot of people.

My thoughts and prayers to the family.

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Postby HumHead » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:30 pm

Truly a very sad day. Monty helped and shared so much so freely with so many people.

It is almost impossible to comprehend, let alone find words to describe, the tremendous loss of the sudden passing of such a fine man.

After all that he has given, we hope that Monty has found peace and rest. We will all keep the entire Sisco family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Farewell Monty, and God Bless.

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Postby Station House Products » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:36 pm

Having had dealings with Monty on several occasions, I can honestly say that he is a person that will be deeply missed, not only for his knowledge of radios and this business, but also for his willingness to help others on a moment's notice. I can't count how many times I have seen a dispute between 2 board members over a deal gone bad posted in the Feedback Forum and it was at a stalemate untill Monty stepped in and moderated. A fine member of this community (and several others) has been lost and we will miss him greatly. My prayers go out to the Sisco family in your time of loss and our heartfelt sympathy as well. Monty, 73s.

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Postby n3kvp » Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:39 pm

He will be greatly missed, I have learned a lot from him since I joined Batlabs, He was always willing to go out of his way to help with a connector or wiring problem, I bought my first RIB from him, this is truely a sad day for the board. "Monty Sisco" will be missed!!

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Postby fire_master_21 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:08 pm

Monty will be missed dearly by all. I remember when I first joined the board a few months ago and was in need of some help with some motorola road blocks. Monty was very helpful and willing to help any "NOOB" with questions regaurding anything motorola but most of all "RIBS & CABLES". As a fairly new person to the board still I feel good about saying that from my dealings with Monty were nothing but top notch. He made a motorola newbie feel right at home here on the board. Monty and family you will be in my prayers. Don't ever forget how many lives he has touched here on the board. God Bless.

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Postby clavo » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:17 pm

Thanks Monty for all your help over the years. You will be missed.



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Postby K8TEK » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:19 pm

Monty, you will be missed by all of us here. The Sisco family will be in our thoughts and prayers. :cry:

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Postby fireradio » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:24 pm

Monty was a great person, and he will be missed greatly. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
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Postby njh621 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:29 pm

Monty was a great man.
Thanks for everything Monty.
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Postby nmfire10 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:34 pm

Wow, this is definately a sad day for the Batboard community. Monty helped me on more than one occasion with programming problems. One thing I noticed was he ALWAYS had the right answer rather quickly when it came to programming and repairs. His knowlege and hand-made products were top notch. Hell, he even took pictures when someone didn't understand something... usually with his cat in the background. Once you got used to his [unique] way of typing {typing} messages, he was a nice guy to boot. I hope he passed peacefully in his sleep with his kitty by his side.
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Postby ThaBronx1 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:43 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Monty.. You will be missed by all.

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Postby kmoose » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:43 pm

May you be dead for a week before the devil even knows, Monty!

God bless your soul.

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Postby r0f2 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:02 pm

Hi Monty,

I hope you're doing OK up there. You are a good guy. No hard feelings about anything I hope.


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Postby Heterodyne » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:05 pm

Terrible, Sad news....

Never han any direct dealings with him, but his advice and help to others helped me countless times.

Thoughts and prayers, and all that.... See you soon....

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Postby 70351 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:11 pm

Yes indeed, Monty was a friend to everyone. Those who knew him personally will miss him, and we'll miss his expert advice here on the board as well.

Thanks Monty for your dedicated friendship and service to us all.


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Postby batdude » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:34 pm

for those of you who are interested/concerned...

i have asked alex to dig a little into the "server kitty fund" (which should be in a bank drawing interest somewhere) to send some flowers to monty's funeral from all of us here on the board.

having dealt with him many times fixing or de-bugging things, I can honestly say that he was one of the few "TWO-WAY RADIO TECHNICIANS" that I have ever met. Not to mention that if you saw him on AIM at 3am and typed out a question, he usually answered it within 15 minutes...

His stuff, while not the cheapest - was the best. He did it right, he did it on time, and he did it right the first time, every time.

Vio con dios friend,

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Postby Jim2121 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:38 pm

I was just talking to him a day ago!

He was a good man! Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family!

we will miss you!

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Postby r0f2 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:50 pm

If Motorola had any respect for the people who took a genuine interest in their products, they'd send something to the Sisco family during this sad time. I think Monty would feel really honored if there was a bouquet of flowers at his service from Motorola.


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Postby kc7gr » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:56 pm

I had just started to get to know Monty barely two months ago. We had a wonderfully long and detailed phone chat, and it was a genuine pleasure to have been invited to participate in the 'Professional' forum that he was running on his own PHP system (though, ironically, I can't find the URL for it which I thought I had already bookmarked... Anyone? PM me if you need to).

Aside from what I learned of Astros from him, aside from how much I found we had in common... I knew him for an all-around Good Person the moment we exchanged greetings, and that was over a pair of wires!

The greater shock for me in this is that I corresponded with him just yesterday. Not the slightest hint that anything was off-base.

God bless and keep you and your family, Monty! I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to hang out together.
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Postby MTS2000des » Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:57 pm

The weather here in Atlanta reflects the sadness I feel for the loss of Monty. He was not only a superb contributor to this board, but an honest man who was an ambassador of goodwill and volunteered countless hours not just giving us good advice, but coming to the aid to "keep the peace" on the board. There will never be another soul like him in this world. Monty, you will be missed more than you ever know. But your legacy will never be forgotten. Thank you so much for your efforts in resolving the countless deals almost gone astray, for always being helpful and patient with the newbies. The Motorola community will never be the same.

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Postby Radio_Cowboy » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:02 pm

Rest in Peace Monty.

My thoughts and prayers go to the Sicso Family.

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Postby KC8NIY » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:03 pm

Monty went out of his way to help me a couple times personally, and as with everyone else, countless times with the information he posted on the board. His comments were ALWAYS positive, regardless of the situation.

A true testiment to his personality. Always willing to go the extra mile to help, without expecting anything in return. All this for people he knew he would most likely never meet, or even speak to outside of this forum. That speaks volumes about who he was in business, who he was as a friend, and who he was as a loving family member.

This world has lost a fine person indeed. One that cannot be replaced. My thoughts are with the family. Rest assured, Monty personally touched more people than you will ever know.


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Postby PETNRDX » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:10 pm

WOW! This is a really sad day.
I dealt with him as many others did for a few years.
He is one of the people that we all could count on.
ALWAYS helpful.
ALWAYS took the time to help and answer questions.
He was the kind of person we all HOPE to be.
I will miss him.
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Sad indeed.

Postby Cowthief » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:19 pm


It is a sad day indeed.
I had hoped to meet with him, I had discovered that he is in the San Diego area just a day or two ago.
I was within a few miles from his shop a week ago.
So, it was not to be, but for the memories.

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Postby Code3 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:22 pm

I only had dealings with Monty a few times, but he went out of his way to make sure everything went smoothly. I was very impressed. His contributions will be missed.

Thank you Monty,

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Postby BPD109 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:51 pm

I have only dealt with Monty a couple of times. He was always there to answer my questions no matter how ridiculously simple the solution. I could only hope that his passing was swift and painless, and that if he were suffering in any way at least he isn't now.

Monty was selfless with his information.

He will be missed. My thoughts go to his family.

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Postby Ben » Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:57 pm

This is a very sad day. Monty was always around to help out with anything on this board. I've done a few deals with Monty and they were always great. My family will kind his family in our prayers.


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Postby FiremanSparky » Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:05 pm

I did not know Monty personally, but what I have learned from him could fill volumes. People like him don't come along everyday who went that extra mile to help anyone and everyone (especially the "newbies"). Lord, thank you for letting us have him for awhile. You will be missed, Monty. My deepest prayers to the Sisco family.

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Postby apco25 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:07 pm

Monty was a great guy and a GREAT radio tech. His knowledge, skills and the man himself will be truly missed.

A loss for everyone on so many levels.

My sincerest condolences to his family.

ets hope someone takes on the business and the cats....

Monty's still signed on with AIM at this moment.......
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Postby ExKa|iBuR » Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:27 pm

I've never had any transactions with Monty, but he helped me out on a few occasions, as I'm sure he did for just about everybody on here. It's so rare to find somebody with as much knowledge as he had willing to give it out at anything less than 20 bucks an hour.

You will be missed by all.

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Postby CTAMontrose » Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:47 pm

wow, what sad news... my heart goes out to his family in this time of need, you will be missed!

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Postby E911EMT » Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:50 pm

I would like to say that monty was a greta guy he still is he will be in our hearts for ever. He was a very knid and smart person he has tought me things. He will be missed..

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Postby Nickdap » Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:58 pm

What an awfully sad day this is.

Monty really was an asset to this board.

He was always so pleasent to deal with over e-mail and always made you feel like your business, big or small, was important.

Goodbye Monty

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Postby Jay911 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:04 pm

I have dealt with Monty a couple times on eBay and found a lot of his posts and commentary here to be very informative and helpful, and a benefit to the community as a whole. I know I learned a few things from his contributions here.

My condolences to his family, both his own and his extended group of friends on the Web and elsewhere.

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Postby chartofmaryland » Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:16 pm

He helped in trying to straighten out a problem where alot of people would have just walked away. I've been overcome by the radio "virus" and I could have only thanked him more for having the right stuff to help me become sicker with my illness.

We'll miss him

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Postby ROOFLIFECO » Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:39 pm

Monty and Family,

I am very glad to say that I had the pleasure of knowing Monty through past buisness transactions. From our dealings, I have learned about Monty's passion for radios as well as making others happy and wanting them to return to him for buisness. Monty was one of the main reasons that this site is still up and running. he was a great guyt to know and I really would have loved to have been able to met him in person. Fron exchanging emails and PM's, I know enough about him to say that I know what kind of person he was. Kind, helpful and loved what he did. Monty will be missed by every member from this board I'm sure and he and his family will be in my prayers to follow. YOU WILL BE MISSED MONTY!!! :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Postby wa2zdy » Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:55 pm

I cannot tell you how my breath was taken as I logged on just a few minutes ago and saw the news. I am shocked.

I had a few direct dealings with Monty, over the time I've been here, and learned untold numbers of things from his posts. I will miss his knowledge and we will all miss his wisdom.

My condolences go out to the Sisco family.
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Postby RKG » Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:03 pm

I, too, am stunned and sadded. Monty was a model of the generous human and a true professional.

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Postby abbylind » Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:16 pm

We talked often about retirement and "doing nothing" in AZ.
God, you got a great tech and a good person up there now
Watch over his family, will ya?

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Postby KG6EAQ » Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:25 pm

I can't even count the amount of information I've learned from Monty, both through the board and in person. He was a truely amazing radio technician. Even through the grief he was given a few times on the board he saw threw it and kept contributing. He will be missed by all of us here in Southern California.
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Postby contrak10 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:38 pm

Monty, you have taught me everything I know about radios, thanks for always keeping your IM user name logged on 24/7 it has always helped with those late night questions. Thanks for taking your time to help not only me but countless others.

You will be missed

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Postby GEMOTO » Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:41 pm

A truly great guy. He was a real asset to this board and the radio community. Always willing to help out and do whatever he could to assist you. I have had a few dealings with him and they were nothing but supurb.

My condolances go out to his friends and family.

You will be missed and not forgotten.

Rest in Peace.

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Postby Cowthief » Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:49 pm


The only other person to have a " hacked" spectra, was Monty.
The guy could "Unbrick" most radios, and would try to help you if you did.
He was very understanding of what motorola was doing to the real radio tech, because he was one of the kings of radio techs, not motorola tech, but in the entire field.
I could, and did, trust him with whatever I had learned.
I could, and did, learn a LOT from him, and the enterprise known as Metro-Tech Services.
Thank you Monty.

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Postby thebigphish » Mon Sep 27, 2004 7:00 pm

Monty -
If you played cards at all, the greatest canasta player of all time passed away this morning. she needs a good partner...and she'll take care of you, just like she did with her family.

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Postby Jonathan KC8RYW » Mon Sep 27, 2004 7:40 pm

Monty held a wealth of information about 2-way radio, and was more then helpful in helping us on the board with our questions.

It's sad to lose such a helpful and talented person.

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