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  • VWOA Welcome Page
    skilled and dedicated operators often risked danger from sea and storm as well as long and tedious periods of separation from loved ones They served their employers their communities and their nations Countless lives have been saved untold disasters averted thousands of rescues have been facilitated by ships sparks during the era of the professional radio operator For 90 years the Veteran Wireless Operators Association has the preeminent fraternal organization of these highly skilled radio operators In 2015 the Board of Directors of the VWOA formally redefinined the organization It is no longer a membership organization of active and retired radio operators Today and for the foreseeable future it is a not for profit historic organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the service history and sacrifices of all radio operators at sea in the air and on land 2014 VWOA Yearbook The 2014 VWOA Yearbook has been mailed to all members You can read and download the electronic version including more color pictures by clicking on the cover image below Right click to save a copy to your computer Welcome to the Veteran Wireless Operators Association Home Page We hope you find it informative about our organization its members and its proud history We have a lot of information on this site Please feel free to explore Enjoy your visit to our website Try Basic Facts About VWOA to find out about our organization s unique history Look into Activities and Awards to find out what we are up to and about the many distinguished individuals who have been honored by the VWOA over the years Click here to open a new window and view the fascinating 20 PDF page 2 9 MB presentation Sparks at Sea by the late Dr Miles MacMahon To speed things up we recommend that

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  • Who Are the VWOA?
    the practicality of radio communication From their pioneering efforts grew not just point to point two way communication but the undreamed of birth of radio broadcasting Today s world of satellite communication radio and television broadcasting and the digital revolution was created by generations of dedicated enterprising men and women A surprising number of them spent all or part of their career as wireless operators The Veteran Wireless Operators Association was founded in 1925 to foster fellowship among this elite profession Over the years the ranks of the VWOA have included most of the executives and innovators of the broadcasting and communication industry as well as thousands of radio operators The VWOA in the nation s service In time of war VWOA members have earned a distinguished record of service in all branches of the U S and allied nations military They have also held vital positions in industry Not surprisingly the largest number of VWOA members served as shipboard radio officers in the Merchant Marine Many members in fact are veterans of the World War II convoy system and the costly campaign to keep the supply lines open to Europe during the darkest days of the Nazi U boat

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  • On-Line Publications
    from the navigation bar above for each year s publications Simply click on any cover image and the complete newsletter will appear in PDF format will open in a new window Issues are sorted with the most recent listed first At the bottom of this page are two links to allow you to download a fascinating 20 page 2 9 MByte presentation Sparks at Sea by Dr Miles MacMahon Because

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  • Activities & Awards
    awards to individuals for their contribution to communications Recipients both men and women have included famous inventors technology innovators teachers historians military officers and radio operators who have participated in sea rescues Click on the buttons on the left to see some VWOA awardees Education VWOA members serve as volunteer Sparks demonstrating the radio equipment aboard the lightship AMBROSE in New York City s South Street Seaport VWOA member Miles

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  • Awards Overview
    Medal Award Recognizes significant contributions to the world of technology DeForest Audion Gold Medal of Dedication Recognizes significant contributions to the VWOA David Kintzer Memorial Award Plaque Recognizes service to the VWOA Named in honor of the late David Kintzer W2FC the 21st President of the VWOA David Kintzer Marconi Gold Medal Deforest Audion Gold Medal In addition the VWOA also issues two certificates to recognize long term service to

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  • Lost Sparks Registry
    during wartime as well For the first time operators who lost their lives in the convoys in the air and beneath the oceans can all be recognized and most importantly remembered This electronic monument consists of a Registry of Radio Operators Lost at Sea in the form of a large nearly 30 megabyte PDF file The PDF format allows you to print out pages of interest on your own printer It also supports a powerful search capability by which you can search the entire registry for individual or vessel names To access the search capability first open the PDF file either on line or after saving a copy to your local computer firs Once the file is open within your Acrobat PDF reader Control F brings up the form into which you can enter your search terms Despite the seeming simplicity of the PDF pages they are actually windows into a powerful database structure offering the ability to search by vessel name operator name dates or ranges of dates and much much more There are two links to this registry and an introduction to the project Click on the picture below to download a concise overview of the project in

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  • Oficers-Past & Present
    Retired FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Richard T Kenney Navy League of the United States SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Rev Douglas S Stivison Pastor Congregational Church of South Dartmouth MA SECRETARY Francis T Cassidy ITT Industries Inc Retired TREASURER J Michael Shaw Port

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  • VWOA Scrapbook
    people and our organization On these pages are just a small peek at some of the thousands of items which the VWOA has treasured over the past 73 years In most cases you can click on the small thumbnail picture to get a larger version of the image Your comments are particularly welcome about these pages Just click on the buttons above to explore different pages of our scrapbook In

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