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.

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


Upcoming Events
7:30 am 2017 RCA Technical Symposium @ Omni William Penn Hotel
2017 RCA Technical Symposium @ Omni William Penn Hotel
Nov 17 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
At this year’s Technical Symposium in Pittsburgh we have an exciting lineup of presenters.  In keeping with our Saturday tour of KDKA, the first broadcast radio station in the nation, a number of presentations will[...]
5:30 pm 2017 RCA Awards Banquet @ Duquesne Club
2017 RCA Awards Banquet @ Duquesne Club
Nov 17 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
For more information, and to register, please click here. Cocktail Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 pm Banquet: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dress is black tie optional. Men can choose to wear a tuxedo or a[...]
9:00 am KDKA Tour
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
RCA is planning an extensive tour of radio station KDKA, the first commercial radio station in the U.S.!  The tour will commence on Saturday November 18th at 9:00 AM and end at 1:00 PM. Everyone attending[...]