September 1, 2015

From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2015-015 - Life Member Charles (Charlie) Hellman, W2RP, Licensed 90 Years 

On behalf of the QCWA Board of Directors, we wish to congratulate QCWA Life Member # 9731
Charles (Charlie) Hellman, W2RP, on his 90th Anniversary Award.

Hamming, it up for 90 Years!
Charles "Charlie" Hellman W2RP Licensed since 1925 Presented with Historic 90th Anniversary
Award Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (August 31, 2015) 

The Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. (QCWA), an international organization of
amateur ('ham') radio operators---presented a 90 Year Continuous Licensed Certificate
Award (Serial #1) to Charles 'Charlie' Hellman W2RP. Mr. Hellman is 105 years of age and
is among the oldest living amateur radio operators in the United States. Charlie was
licensed in 1925 as a 15 year-old, and joined QCWA in 1975 and is also a member of local
QCWA Chapter 181 (Hudson Valley).

On hand to present the certificate, and represent QCWA President Ken Oelke VE6AFO and
the membership were: Treasurer Charles Tropp N2SO, Directors Carole Perry WB2MGP and
Pete Varounis NL7XM; along with QCWA Chapter 181 Secretary Mike Sturm, K2AE. Also on
hand for the ceremony was Don Finkel, WA2OQM." The certificate reads: "The Quarter
Century Wireless Association presents this 90th Anniversary Award to its Distinguished
Member Charles 'Charlie' Hellman, W2RP to commemorate Ninety Years of Service as a
licensed Radio Amateur".

In addition to the certificate, Charlie was also presented with a letter from QCWA
president Ken Oelke VE6AFO which reads in part "I would also like to say how proud
I am that you have kept active for these many years, and to proudly celebrate what
many will not be able to achieve in their entire lifetime. Congratulations to you on
90 years as a licensed radio amateur, and may you enjoy many more in amateur radio!"

The information pertaining to Charlie was discovered when the QCWA Webmaster, Bob
Roske NØUF, was updating member files and discovered that Charlie was still
living in New York and was certainly the oldest living member of QCWA. In recognition
of his achievement the QCWA Board of Directors quickly voted to award Charlie the 90
year certificate, a first for the organization. 


Director Carole Perry, WB2MGP, just could not contain herself after having attended
the presentation. After arriving home, she immediately sent me an e-mail.

Hi Ken,
I'm sure you will soon be hearing all about our visit this morning to present Charles
W2RP with the 90 Year Award. I wanted to gush first at you. It was one of the most
wonderful ham radio experiences ever. He was alert, talkative, and totally responsive
to us. He even got on 2 meters and had a QSO with Pete on simplex.

Ken, when he shook my hand and I introduced myself, he said "YOU are famous." He
then went on to tell me he was a physics teacher at the Bronx High School of Science
and loved teaching too.

This was an experience I will never forget. I now feel connected to both ends of
the ham radio age spectrum. Thanks to all for including me in this.
47 and 73,
Carole WB2MGP

For all comments posted on this presentation, visit QCWA Website;

About QCWA
The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) is a non-commercial international
association of radio amateurs organized for the promotion of interest in Amateur
Radio communication and experimentation for the establishment and advancement of
the radio art and public welfare, QCWA was founded December 5, 1947. In order to
qualify for membership one must have demonstrated proof of having been first
licensed as an Amateur Radio operator at least 25 years prior to application for
membership and must be currently licensed. 

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