May 6, 2015

From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2015-006 - Harry S. Gartsman, W6ATC (Silent Key)

It is with sadness we report the passing of QCWA # 5142, Harry S. Gartsman, W6ATC of Beverly Hills, CA, on May 4, 2015, at the age of 99.

Gartsman served on the Quarter Century Wireless Association Board of Directors from the mid to late 1960s, and was Vice President in 1976, and later became President from 1978 to 1981.

Gartsman was the son of Samuel and Rebecca Gartsman and was born on February 2, 1916 in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Hyde Park High School and attended the University of Illinois. He later moved to Los Angeles, CA, and in 1948 started his defense electronics business, Alvaradio Industries.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy, in 1950. Together they travelled the world. Harry got his amateur radio license, W6ATC, at the age of 13 and was a lifelong ham radio enthusiast, and was very involved in radio communications. He served on the Beverly Hills Police Reserve National Disaster committee and worked at various events for the city of Beverly Hills.

He donated Ham Radio equipment for communication to Israel during the 6 Day war in 1967. Gartsman was known for his great sense of humor and charm and will be sorely missed.

He was predeceased by his sister Shirley, and is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy, son Gary Gartsman (Carol), daughter Cheryl Abel (Tom) and grandchildren, Colleen and Timothy Abel.


Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc