Player of the Week: Bert Carter (WE4NCS)
As Munzee has grown over the years, the game has evolved in so many more ways than any of the co-founders could have imagined. We’ve certainly had our fair share of growing pains, but in its essence Munzee has tried to stick to its core goal of getting people out into the world. No one knows this better than those players who have been with us since the beginning. This week’s Player of the Week is Bert Carter (WE4NCS).
Who are you?
My name is Bert Carter. My username is WE4NCS, and it is an actual FCC issued Amateur Radio callsign for the NC State University Alumni Amateur Radio Association. It stands for WE 4 NC State – my alma mater.
Where in the world do you live?
I live in Cary, North Carolina which is a large suburb of Raleigh, the capital city.
How long have you played Munzee?
Initially, my adventure with Munzee began with registration in October 2011, but I seriously began playing in June 2012. There were very few munzers and munzees in the area at the beginning, but Munzee activity took off locally in early 2014.
How did you find Munzee?
Munzee was discovered from comments being made on the forums of another GPS game. I initially signed up in October 2011, and my first Munzee was captured on a caching trip to Delaware in February 2012.
What do you most enjoy about Munzee?
There is more of a sense of community with Munzee across states and the world. The people I have met locally and in the clans and the interaction with the MHQ staff have been enjoyable. Munzee is constantly changing and these changes are usually interesting and challenging. Chasing the new icons, acquiring the new badges, and running after the Unicorns and Leprechauns is a plus. I am honored to be part of the FMH Super Chuckers – once of the consistently top performing clans.
What is on your wish list?
My wish list includes limits on the numbers of specials like Virtual Shamrocks and RMHs that can be purchased, and a limit on the number of blasts that can be purchased monthly. .
Tell us about yourself!
I have been married to Barbara for over 46 years. I have two grown, married sons and three grandchildren that live locally. The grandchildren occasionally enjoy munzeeing.
Professionally, I am a registered electrical engineer – PE – and worked for Duke Energy for over 26 years and other engineering design firms for many years, essentially retiring at the end of 2015.
Other hobbies include:
One of my hobbies is amateur radio – my personal callsign has been WA4TLI since the early 1960s. I was a big DX chaser at the top of the DXCC Honor Roll. I traveled to over ten foreign countries on all of the continents to operate my radio equipment temporarily in DX contests. In the early 1990s, I traveled twice to Russia for five weeks as a guest of several Russian amateur radio operators.
Since 2012, I have been a cacher with over 36,000 finds in many states and several countries.
Any last words?
I want to acknowledge several Munzee friends that have made the experience so enjoyable: Judy – doggonefun, Marie and Tim – Hunniees and dt07751, my clanmates in FMH Superchuckers, Tony – tpainter, Carol – jafo43, Lee – lewatkin, Tammy – TheRealGigi. And a shoutout to Rob, Matt, and particularly Louise Gibson with MHQ for all that they do to make things work for all of us.
WE4NCS also included some socials, so cap away!