Dave Ballentine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
George D. (Dave) Ballentine is a true native Orlando son, born December 19, 1939 to Corbin and Thelma Ballentine at the Orange Memorial Hospital (Now called the Orlando Regional Medical Center).
He grew up on the north side of town in a wood framed house which was located on the corner of Par St. and Cornell. He attended various local elementary and middle schools and graduated High School from Edgewater in 1957with an academic degree. He later attended Orlando Jr. College, graduating in 1959 with an AA degree in Pre-engineering curriculum. He attended the Orange County Vocational School in 1960 studying communications and radio repair and obtained his FCC First Class Radio Telephone license with Ship Radar endorsement at the end of 1960.
He began his working career with RCA MTP (Missile Test Project) in January 1961 as a Range Station Electronic Technician "B" and was assigned to various downrange auxiliary Air Force Stations in the upper Bahamas Islands, Ascension Island and finally spent five continuous years assigned in the Indian Ocean on Mahe, in the Seychelles islands.
While on Mahe, he met the lady who was to become his wife and to whom he married in February 1966 -- Maureen Gendron. Also, while on Mahe, David and Maureen produced two daughters, Noelle and Rebecca. Noelle is presently Noelle Parrish and lives in Ocoee and works for Brighthouse Communications. Rebecca lives alone also in Ocoee, and works for Walt Disney World in their Marketing Department. Noelle has two children, Jeff Jr. and Kayla, 18 and 19 years old respectively.
In April 1970, David returned to the United States and finally took a job with the then Florida Telephone Corporation in Winter Garden, Florida in August of 1970 as a Carrier / Radio Installer and Repairman. He advanced to Foreman of Radio / Toll carrier and after several years in that position transferred to the Florida Group Headquarters as a Transmission Engineer. He stayed in that position for 20 years, retiring ultimately in January, 2000 as a Sr. Engineer.
David and Maureen live presently in Lake Eola Heights, and call home a house built by his maternal grandparents in 1924, and where his Mother grew up.
David's primary hobby right now is Amateur Radio, particularly CW (Morse Code). He is a member of the Fists club and has attained Fists highest achievement awards (Diamond, Platinum 500, and WAS CW) He also enjoys collecting telegraph keys, slide rules, and several other collectibles. Both he and his wife have a mutual interest in going to yard sales and also working in their yard.
Over the past several years, David and Maureen spent a month traveling to England and Scotland, a month in the Seychelles Islands, and just this past year spent 3 weeks sightseeing out west through the major national parks. These major trips were in addition to many shorter trips through the northeast including one up to the Dayton Hamfest a couple of years ago.
Both belong to the Downtown YMCA, and enjoy long walks. David's latest interest has turned to meteorology. He has installed a comprehensive wireless weather monitoring station on his radio tower which is connected to the internet real-time and provides constant data to the Weather Underground net. If you want to know truly local weather as relates to rainfall, wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, etc. etc. you can accessthis at anytime day or night from his station. The easiest way would be to simply visit his hobby website at: http://www.goofus.org/kk4dw.html
David and Maureen both were charter members of the Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association. David served as newsletter editor for several years and in fact filed the original incorporating paperwork for the association. Both also worked closely with the City Historic Board to set up the present Historic District and have worked diligently to keep this neighborhood residential in character.