February 13, 2018

From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2018-002 - QCWA Vice President Larry McCalvy, WA9JMO - Silent Key

It is with sadness we report the passing of QCWA #22151, Lawrence R. (Larry) McCalvy, WA9JMO of Racine, WI on February 6, 2018 at the age of 79 at the Froedtert Hospital of cancer complications.

McCalvy served as QCWA Director from 2007 to 2012, and then elected to Vice President in 2012, and served in this position up to his death.

He was first licensed in September of 1963 as WN9JMO, at the age of 25, and upgraded to General in July of 1964 as WA9JMO. He became a QCWA Life Member in 1988.

From 1976 to 1978 he was editor of a 14-club Amateur Radio publication called the Hamateur and has written sporadic articles for other Ham journals and Senior magazines.

Larry and his wife Wendy, N9PAC lived on a 44-acre Equestrian Horse Boarding Ranch in Racine, Wisconsin and ran a horse boarding stable for 30 years in Caledonia. When not heavily engaged in "Horse" chores, the McCalvy's enjoy traveling to foreign lands with Russia topping the list as the most favorite place. As well, any place a cruise ship stopped ranked high on their list. He organized QCWA cruises in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013.

McCalvy served three-years with the United States Marine Corps 1955-1958, and retired from the Army Reserves in 1998, the same year he retired from the Trucking Industry.

He actively participated in local organizations and served on the Tri-County Library Board, as well a photographer for the Racine Volunteer Center. He served as President of the Lakeshore Repeater Association and was the Founder of the Amateur Radio League of Wisconsin. With his help the Caledonia Historical Society moved an early twentieth century train station from Sturtevant to the park on 5 Mile Road in Caledonia.

He helped upwards of seven groups apply for and receive their 501(c)(3) statuses. In the 90s he was trustee on the Caledonia Town Board, championing small business development. He was the President of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Council, a consortium of all military branches, which was the only Wisconsin group to march in Bill Clinton's inaugural parade.

McCalvy served in the Marine Corps and subsequently in the Army Reserves as a career counselor. A memorial service for Larry is being planned for late February.

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