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  • Activities
    while serving in World War II The database is fully searchable by operator ship and date Click on the link at the top of this page Lost Sparks Registry to use this unique Electronic Memorial Education VWOA members have served as volunteer Sparks demonstrating the radio equipment aboard the lightship AMBROSE in New York City s South Street Seaport The VWOA is a frequent consultant to authors scholars film makers

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  • Links
    links to other sites and pages dealing with current and historical maritime stations Very much worth a visit Other Organizations Society of Wireless Pioneers NEW URL Like the VWOA draws upon former professional radio operators land sea air military and civilian Mostly radio amateurs as well SOWP has several on the air events Antique Wireless Association NEW URL The leading organization dedicated to preserving the history of the development of communications technology The AWA museum houses several pieces of equipment donated by VWOA members New Jersey Antique Radio Club One of the best local clubs with many activities and a home page brimming with information Not just for New Jersey folks Maritime Radio Historical Society Name pretty much says it all Where else can you find pages on a Victory Ship Radio Console or Last Transmission from KFS Lovingly done and very visually interesting Morse Telegraph Club A wonderful web sit e from the organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and traditions of telegraph y using Morse Code American or International either wire or wireless T he site has links for folks who want to communicate over the internet using Morse Code including software to simulate the old

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  • Membership
    membership This class of membership is also open to individuals with similar experience with licenses issued by governments other than the United States Veteran Member Any Wireless Radio Operator REO and MREO who has served in such capacity afloat ashore or in the air for a period of at least 3 years or two 2 years if such service commenced between December 7 1941 and August 15 1945 shall qualify as a VETERAN MEMBER Government and Military authorized service equally qualifies Associate Member Any person not otherwise eligible to become a member of this Association in accordance with the qualifications heretofore or hereafter stipulated may at the discretion of the Membership Committee become an ASSOCIATE member if such membership would be beneficial to the Association The VWOA actively encourages interested radio amateurs historians scholars and mariners with a sincere interest in our organization to apply for Associate Membership Associate members can participate fully in all VWOA club activities Honorary Member Any person who has contributed signally to the electronics art or its administration or to the work of the Association may be elected to HONORARY membership with all rights and privileges of the Association except the right to hold office

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  • Directors
    Chooljian Regional Communication Ret ired John Dziekan Radio Officer Ret ired Alan Ehrlich New York City Transit Authority Retired Richard T Kenney Xavier Society for the Blind Dr Miles D MacMahon Professor and Administrator Retired Robert C Marzen Jr Marzen

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  • 2000 Awards
    Robert Raish Captain USN Ret Attorney and Communications Policy Specialist received the Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement for his contributions to international telecommunications policy Richard F Waechter Founder Hoffman Island Radio Association received the Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement for preserving the traditions of maritime radio in World War 2 William F Yerger Archivist and Editor received the Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement for preserving the history of maritime radio

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  • 2001 Awards
    callsign KY1O Ray Minichiello Founder of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation and the U S National Marconi Museum received the Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement for his contributions to preserving the history of wireless communication Ray holds amateur callsign W1BC John Chooljian received the Marconi Gold Medal of Achievement for preserving the traditions of maritime radio in World War 2 in the restoration of LST 325 and aiding its return to

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  • 2002 Awards
    the 110 th floor of Number One World Trade Center on the morning of September 11th He had taken the three stage elevator ascent from the lobby as he had done many times before He was especially involved with a new HDTV transmitter When the first plane struck the tower he phoned in to WABC TV Master Control to report an explosion in the building and that he had been ordered to evacuate There was no word after that Previously he had worked at Channel 25 in Brooklyn He was a member of NABET CWA Local 16 and was held in high esteem by his fellow members They mourned the loss of such a special individual for his commitment to principle and the indelible mark he left on all who knew him He has been described as a quiet man who made people feel comfortable in his company He was soft spoken intelligent funny and warm hearted He was especially remembered for his meticulous attention to details and his devotion to the perfect operation of the equipment in his charge Steve Jacobson Steve Jacobson was with WPIX for twenty two years He began with an assignment at the Empire State Building When the station s transmitter was installed at One World Trade Center in 1981 he was given the responsibility of its maintenance His diligence is testified to by the fact that the transmitter was out of service for less than two out of 175 000 hours of operation He was on the job during the 1993 bombing He endured heavy smoke conditions and worked with security units until the fire was extinguished When power was restored he got the station back on the air As was the usual situation Steve was alone on the 110th floor when the tower was attacked Steve was an important part of his religious community and often led services He was renowned for his sense of humor and his devotion to his family His skill and commitment to keeping the transmitter in perfect operational condition was an inspiration to his coworkers Robert Bob Pattison Bob Pattison was a native of Woburn Massachusetts He began his career with a four year stint in the United States Air Force where he worked in the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service broadcasting news and entertainment programs to military forces stationed around the world Later he worked for WHDH TV and other television stations in the Boston area He came to New York in 1996 to work for ABC In 2000 he joined WCBS TV and was working as transmission engineer at the World Trade Center on September eleventh He and his partner Isaias Rivera kept the station CBS control room aware of the developing problem until the line went dead Isaias Rivera Isaias Rivera was born in Santurce Puerto Rico in 1950 and came to New York City with his parents at the age of fourteen He began his thirty three year career with CBS while still

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  • 2003 Awards
    of wireless theory and technology He is Chairman of Synergy Microwave Corporation in Paterson New Jersey President of Communications Consulting Corporation and partner of Rohde Schwarz a multinational company specializing in advanced test and radio communications systems in Munich Germany He was formally President of Compact Software Inc in Paterson New Jersey and Business Area Director for Radio Systems of RCA Government Systems Division in Camden New Jersey where he was responsible for implementing communications approaches for military secure and adaptive communications Dr Rhode has taught at the University of Gottbus in Germany University of Bradford in England University of Oradea in Romania the New Jersey Institute of Technology George Washington University and the University of Florida Gainesville In recognition for his work in the area of microwave CAD and the development of synthesizer theory the University of Grosswardein and the Technical University of Klausenburg awarded him honorary doctorates Dr Rohde has authored or co authored six books on communications and wireless applications and has published more than 60 scientific papers He is a licensed amateur radio operator KA2WEU and contributed equipment for the repatriation of LST 325 and its establishment as a museum ship in Mobile Alabama He is

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