Silent Keys

Silent key is a term of respect for a deceased amateur radio operator. The term originated with telegraph operators and continued with early wireless and then amateur radio operators. The term SK is used in telegraphy to indicate an end of transmission. Today, the term is commonly used within the wireless community as a sign of respect and condolence regardless of whether the deceased was actually a licensed amateur radio operator.

Alfred H. Grebe, Jr.
Date of passing: December 10, 2017
RCA member since 1953, Life Member since 1992 and Fellow since 1959

Ray Schulenberg
Date of passing: July 17, 2017
RCA member since 2014, RCA Ralph Batcher Award recipient in 2014

Morgan McMahon, N6VY
Date of passing: May 20, 2017
First RCA Ralph Batcher Award recipient in 1976

Gaetano “Tom” Amoscato, President Emeritus
Date of passing: December 26, 2016
RCA member since 1973, Life Member since 1975 and Fellow since 1981
Wake: Thursday, Dec 29, 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm
Gleason Funeral Home
10-21 150th St., Whitestone, NY 11357

John Hayes Caperton II
Date of passing: December 5, 2016
RCA member since 1969, Fellow since 1979

Sam (J.S.) Chattaway
Date of passing: October 14, 2016
RCA member since 1990

Robert Lynn Sanders
Date of passing: August 27, 2016
RCA member since 2007