Silent Key – K2RVP


Very sad and personal to the club news to share, Russ Van Pelt K2RVP became a silent key suddenly yesterday, Thursday 1 November.  He was on the Hudson Valley NET earlier this week as well as assisted in Pumpkin Patrol the eve before his passing.  Russ was, of course, the Vice President of the club…we’ll get work to you on the process for his successor.

Russ was very active in the Mt Beacon ARC recruitment, staffed the club table at our hamfests, was our webmaster for a time, a big advocate and user of DMR, and assisted as one of our class instructors for our Technician classes we continue to run at the Dutchess County Office of Emergency Management.  He will, as Shirley N2SKP noted, will be missed.

Obituary of Russ Van Pelt – K2RVP

Russ K2RVP

Obituary from

BEACON – Russell E. Van Pelt, a lifelong local area resident, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. He was 72.

Son of the late William Russell and Jean (Carson) Van Pelt, he was born in Cold Spring on November 14, 1945. Russ graduated from Roy C. Ketcham High School (Wappingers Falls) in 1963. In 1967, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged from active service in 1971 as Sergeant and continued his duty in the Reserve until 1973.

In addition to his military service Russ held a long and distinguished career as a Volunteer Firefighter. He was a member of Protection Engine Company 1 (Fishkill), which he joined in 1963 at the age of 18. Since that time, he has served in several leadership roles including Vice President, Company Trustee, 1st and 2nd Lieutenant, and Captain. He was a NYS Certified Fire Investigator, Haz-Mat Technician, and Code Enforcement Official. Russ became the Fire Inspector for both the Town and Village of Fishkill in addition to serving as the Fire and Safety Officer for the Office of Children & Family Services. He was also the Deputy Fire Coordinator for the Dutchess County Dept. of Emergency Response and belonged to the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs.

Russ was a Police Officer for the Town of Fishkill from 1971 to 1980, where he became Detective Corporal in 1975. Since 2004, he has worked as a School Safety Officer at John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction.

For 32 years, Russ worked for AT&T at their facilities in White Plains, New York City, and Newburgh. He retired in 1997 as National Service Manager. He enjoyed spending time as a Ham Radio Operator and was a member and Vice President of the Mount Beacon Amateur Radio Club and also belonged to the Q.S.Y. Society. Russ was also a member of the American Legion Post # 302 (Beacon).

On January 12, 1980, he married Janis A. Butler at the St. Mary Bedford Chapel in the Village of Fishkill. Janis survives at home in Beacon.

Russ is also survived by two daughters: Tara Urbanak & her husband Scott and Sandra Scala & her husband Jeff; his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Daniel, Chyenne, and James; his sister, Roberta Theiss & Frank Coluccio; his brother, William Van Pelt & his wife Heleen; his former wife and friend, Susan Morrill; also many nieces, nephews, and many other loving relatives & friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son, Scott Russell Van Pelt (1973); and his sister, Janice Van Pelt (2018).


Obituary of Walter Berkley – K2CXP

It is with our deepest sympathy that we must announce Walter Berkley, K2CXP is now a SK.  Best wishes to his family during this trying time.


Walt K2CXP was an active member of QSY and MBARC until he had an unfortunate fall last year which landed him in rehab for some time. We will always remember him most for his enthusiasm, especially at Field Day 2016, where he enjoyed introducing kids and adults to amateur radio at the GOTA station.  RIP Walt.


Obituary of Walter Berkley K2CXP

Walter G. Berkley, 70 of LaGrangeville, NY passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Walter was born on March 11, 1947 in Poughkeepsie, NY to Walter and Cecilia Stec Berkley.

A local resident all his life, Walter received his Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Marist College. He was employed as a Computer Programmer at IBM East Fishkill until his retirement in 2002. Walter was a generous and selfless man. He enjoyed reading, blacksmithing, cars and was a ham radio operator. Walter’s greatest joy though came from spending time with his family and friends.



Walter is survived by his mother, Cecilia Berkley of Poughkeepsie, NY, daughter Katherine C. Berkley of Myrtle Beach, SC, son Michael W. Berkley of Poughkeepsie, NY, granddaughter Aubrey Rae of Myrtle Beach, SC, brothers Dennis Berkley of Poughkeepsie, NY, Donald Berkley of New Paltz, NY, David Berkley of Albany, NY as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Walter Berkley.



Calling hours will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm with a Funeral Service at 12:30pm at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, Inc. 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Burial is private. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, 1(800)822-6344. To send an online condolence, please visit our website at

SK – Donald Stein W2PTF

SK – Donald Stein W2PTF

sk-w2ptf-Don SteinDon Stein was a member of QSY since 1998. He was instrumental in obtaining our Field Day site at Carnwarth Farms 2003-2005, and enjoyed yearly visits to Field Day, and meetings. He will be missed.

The following is from the Poughkeepsie Journal:

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Donald Francis Stein, 85, of Wappingers Falls since 1968 and formerly of Adams, MA died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Born on July 14, 1927 in Rochester, he was the son of Francis H. and Cecilia Kircher Stein. After high school, he was a disc jockey and worked for Philco from 1951-1954 in Korea, Japan, Germany and France supporting radio and radar stations. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Iona College and was employed as a test engineer for Perkin-Elmer in Danbury, CT for 20 years until his retirement. He had worked on the Hubble Space Telescope and was a Ham Radio Operator. Donald was a parishioner of St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction.

On August 6, 1955 at St. John’s Church in the Bronx, Donald married Mary W. Glennon who predeceased him on October 28, 2009. He is survived by his sons and their wives, William and Marguerite Stein of East Fishkill and Joseph and Susan Stein of Yorktown; his granddaughters, Margaret, Rachel and Joan Stein of East Fishkill; and his brothers, Francis and George Stein.

Calling hours will be held Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:30am at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by interment in St. Denis Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ – SK 10/2004

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ – SK 10/2004

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ SK

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ SK

Bill WA2WEJ was a ham’s ham.. extremely intelligent, willing to share information, help
others, and known to often time out repeaters during his radio discussions! – Shirley N2SKP

“If you want the correct answer! Ask Bill WA2WEJ…I was one of the Hams who would be on the repeater listening to Bill when he would time it out, We did some simplex work but Bill

wanted the new hams to hear what he had to say, So we stayed on the repeaters…We also tested many antennas during the time I knew Bill, Do I miss him ? BIG YES…JB WA2WMJ

The following is from I am adding this entry late due to finding out this i

nformation late. Bill was the last of the “real HAMS” that took experimentation very seriously. He encouraged and supported many of the lives he touched, including mine, to build it, test it and make it work. That is a dying art in Amateur Radio today. Bill never lost that principle. He would argue the point of the newer folks in the hobby today put down 200

bucks, get an HT and they call themselves a HAM. While controversial, true. Nobody built things like Bill. There is much truth to the saying ” you never know what you had until it’s gone”. Well, Bill is gone and we lost a very valuable individual; the likes of which this area

will probably never see again. Bill, where ever you are, you made a difference. God bless you my friend, until we meet again; but not yet.

Contributed by: AJ Cioffi (N2KI)

Bill Hoenig WA2WEJ transmatch

WA2WEJ transmatch

I had the pleasure of spending one full afternoon with Bill in his shack – he made time just for me. As a new HAM I was interested in building a transmatch that he designed and showed at a QSY Society meeting earlier that year. Luckily, I took a few photographs of his transmatch and I share one of those here, with Bill holding it. It is a fine example of what N2KI stated earlier – “Nobody built things like Bill.” Bill’s electronics expertise was entirely self-taught, and the depth of his understanding of the subject became clear any time he would talk about his current project. I miss you, Bill, and I will never forget that time you gave to me.

Contributed by: Bob Solimeno (KC2JAV)

Kyle Yancy, 44, SK — KC2VDG

Kyle, a member of the QSY Society, was very active in the 2009 QSY Field Day, setting up an maintaining the networked logging system. He will be missed.

KC2VDG Kyle Yancy, SK

KC2VDG Kyle Yancy, SK

Kyle Yancy, 44, a resident of Hopewell Junctionsince 2005 and formerly of Yonkers, died on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence following a long illness.

Born in the Bronx on April 26, 1967, he was the son of Madeline Throckmorton of Whiting, NJ and the late John Yancy. Kyle was employed as a commercial real estate appraiser for Valuation Consultants in Newburgh.

He was a member of Calvary Chapel of the Hudson Valley and the QSY Society Ham Radio Club.

On April 23, 1998 in Yonkers, Kyle married Sharon Fairman who survives at home. He is also survived by his children, Kurt Bowen, Kimberly Yancy and Malaki Yancy; and his brothers, David and Mark Yancy.

Calling hours were held on Sunday from 1-2pm at the McHoul Funeral Home Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by the service at 2pm with Rev. Robert Hargraves officiating. Interment will follow in Hopewell Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to: Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.

For driving directions or online condolences, please visit

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