Friends, Family, and members of WECA who are now silent keys

Former ARRL First Vice President and WECA member Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML (SK)

After a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, of Dumont, New Jersey, passed away May 23. He was 67. An ARRL Life Member, Mendelsohn began his time with ARRL in 1983 when he was elected as Vice Director of the Hudson Division. After two terms as Vice Director, he was elected as Hudson Division Director in 1987. In 1996, the ARRL Board of Directors elected Mendelsohn as its First Vice President, where he served until 2000. The next year, he was again elected as the Hudson Division Vice Director, serving through 2004.

Outside of his League activities, Mendelsohn was active both as the Communications Director of the New York City Marathon and, along with his wife Heidi, W2MLW, as the Game Day Frequency Coordinator (GDC) for the New York Jets. The November 2007 issue of QST featured Mendelsohn on its cover, along with an article about him and the GDC program. Mendelsohn was inducted into the CQ Hall of Fame last week for his contributions to the ARRL, the New York City Marathon and the National Football League. Read more here

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Funeral Arrangements:

Visiting on Friday, May 25th from 2pm to 4pm, Saturday from 6pm to 9pm.

Service on Sunday, May 27th at 2pm.

Basralian Funeral Home

559 Kinderkamack Rd

Oradell, NJ


40°57'35.67"N,  74° 1'54.95"W

KC2GWK - Milton Galamison has become an SK

Milt became an Silent Key on April 11, 2011 after a short illness. He had served as WECA's Secretary until a few years ago. He was a long time Volunteer Examiner (VE) and for a few years acted as our GOTA coach at WECA's Field Day. We will miss his kind words of encouragement, humor and his dedication to Ham Radio and WECA.

WA2ELE - Dick Meirowitz has become an SK

 According to the obituary in The Journal News (, Richard L. Meirowitz  passed away January 16, 2011 at the age of 79 after a long illness. He was born in Pittsfield MA. Dick was a long time WECA member. He was very involved in MARS communications and until recently had maintained a MARS repeater in Westchester County.

KD2SQ - Tom Kirchoff has become an SK

It is with great sadness and heavy heart we are sorry to report that KD2SQ - Tom Kirchoff became an SK on Friday, November 5, 2010. Tom had been the Education Director for WECA for the past several years and was successful at running several Amateur test preparation classes. Tom was also our Field Day "GOTA" coach for the past few years introducing Amateurs and non-Amateurs to our wonderful hobby. He also made several WECA meeting presentations on a variety of Ham Radio related subjects.

There was a wake on Monday, November 8th from 7 pm to 9 pm and on Tuesday from 2 pm to 4 pm and also at 7 pm to 9 pm at the Fox Funeral Home located at 2080 Boston Post Road in Larchmont, NY [914.834.0144]. A funeral Mass was on Wednesday morning 10 am at The Sts John & Paul Church on 280 Weaver St, Larchmont, NY 10538 [914.834.4597].

Tom will be sorely missed by many. He was a great guy, really friendly, always very helpful and an interesting person to talk with on a variety of subjects.

N2NQY - Jeanne Raffaelli has become a silent key 

N2NQY - Jeanne Raffaelli became an SK on April 26, 2010. Jeanne was a WECA member for well over 20 years who contributed countless volunteer hours to the club and was perhaps best known for her organization and leadership in the many "WECAfests" held until 2002. Jeanne is survived by her husband Tom / WB2NHC (our Emergency Services Director) and their two grown children who are also Amateur Radio Operators.

Jeanne's obituary was in the Journal News on Friday, April 27, 2010 as follows:

Jeanne M. Raffaelli, (nee Fyfe)

Born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 12, 1944

Departed on Apr. 26, 2010 and resided in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Jeanne, M. Raffaelli (Fyfe), 66,of Yorktown Heights, and Formerly of Thornwood, NY. Died April 26, 2010 at White Plains Hospital, White Plains, NY. Jeanne was born to James and Alice (nee Roness) Fyfe. February 12, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY. She is survived by her Husband Thomas, one daughter, Lisa Marie Rolle, both of Yorktown Heights, NY; one son Christopher of LaGrangeville, NY; one sister Dorothy Fyfe of Brooklyn, NY, Grandmother of Michael, Ashley, Nicholas, Amanda, Deanna, and Julianna, and Aunt of many. She is predeceased by her brother, Dr. James Fyfe. Reposing Hawthorne Funeral Home on Wednesday and Thursday 4 - 8 PM. Funeral Mass Holy Rosary Church, Hawthorne, NY Friday 10 AM. Entombment Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, Hawthorne, NY. HAWTHORNE FUNERAL HOME, 21 Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, New York 10532, 914-769-4404.

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K2ZVI - Nick Gallo became an SK on April 1, 2010  

It is with great sadness I report that our fellow member, contester, great guy and WECA supporter Nick Gallo / K2ZVI became a Silent Key on Thursday, April 1, 2010. Nick was a long time member of WECA and many other Ham Radio clubs. He participated in Field Day, our Public Service events along with the NYC Marathon. Nick enjoyed all radio modes, but especially liked CW. He could be heard on HF through 70 cm.

Nick's obituary was in the Journal News on Friday, April 2, 2010 as follows:

Nicholas J. Gallo, Sr. a resident of Port Chester, passed away April 1, 2010 at the age of 72. He was a retired PCHS technology teacher. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Phyllis, JoAnne and Tricia and their husbands, 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Visitation will be 4-8PM on Friday and Saturday April 2nd and 3rd, 2010 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30AM on Monday April 5, 2010 at Corpus Christi Church 136 South Regent St. Port Chester, NY. Interment to follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery Rye, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Rogosin Institute or the Dickstein Cancer Center White Plains Hospital. CRAFT MEMORIAL HOME, INC. 40 Leicester St. Port Chester, NY (914) 939-0131.

 Former WECA President Paul Vydareny / WB2VUK has become a Silent Key

Paul was a long time member of WECA and President for many years in the 1970s and 80s.  He was trustee for the WECA repeaters for at least 30 years. Paul was the consummate ham.  Dedicated to public service and fellowship.

Tom / WB2NHC

Paul's Obituary as published in "The Journal News" on October 26, 2009:

Paul S. Vydareny, 65, life-long resident of Tarrytown, passed away on October 23, 2009. Paul was born in Tarrytown on June 1, 1944 to Paul and Julia Vydareny (nee Vavra). He was a graduate of Sleepy Hollow High School Class of 1962 and The Stevens Institute of Technology. His hobby was as a Ham Radio operator and he was a long time member of the American Radio Relay League. Through his good work and constant efforts he held an esteemed position in this organization. Paul worked for ABC in New York City as an electrical and cable technician. He was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his brother John David Vydareny.

Visitation was Tuesday, October 27, 2009 from 4 to 8 P.M. at the DWYER & VANDERBILT funeral home located at 90 North Broadway Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591, 914-631-0621.

The memorial service was on Friday, 11A.M. at The Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Paul's name to The American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y.

Condolence cards and notes may be sent to:

John Vydareny

259 North Washington Street

Tarrytown, NY  10591

XYL of Doug Troughton / N2RDF passes away on Saturday, March 3, 2007

Gloria Troughton, XYL of Doug / N2RDF passed away quietly on Saturday, March 3, 2007. Many WECA members have probably heard Doug on the repeater over the past few years on Mondays or Thursdays when he travels between Allentown, PA and his home in Manville, Rhode Island.

Gloria's funeral arrangements will be at The Lincoln Funeral Home, 1501 Lonsdale Ave, Lincoln, RI 02865. The viewing will be on Friday March 9 from 5pm to 8pm with a service shortly before 8pm.

Flowers can be sent to the funeral home, or you may want to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.

If you choose the latter, please select a memorial donation and have ACS send the acknowledgement to

Gloria Troughton Memorial

17 Joyce Ann Drive

Manville, RI 02838

Please contact Stan Rothman at WA2NRV at for further details. 

N2OLU - Fran LaSorsa, SK on Saturday, June 17, 2006

Long time member, former WECA Public Service Director, Elmer to many and friend to countless Hams for many years has become an Silent Key. Fran / N2OLU died Saturday morning, June 17, 2006.

LaSorsa, Francis (Fran, Frank)

A long time resident of Mount Vernon, Francis LaSorsa died suddenly at his home on June 17, 2006. Mr. LaSorsa was born to Giosafatte (Jerry) and Angela LaSorsa on August 28, 1947. He was 58 years old. Mr. LaSorsa attended local schools and attended Westchester Community College.

On October 16, 1981 he married Ellenjane O’Grady Mack. Mr. LaSorsa is survived by his wife Ellenjane and a stepson, Brian Mack and daughter-in-law Donna and a granddaughter Samantha Mack. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins. His parents have predeceased him.

Mr. LaSorsa worked as a computer-operating technician for Northrop Grumman but was involved with many hobbies, his favorites where candle making, woodworking and being a ham radio operator, his call sign was N2OLU out of Westchester County. He was active in the Westchester Emergency Communications Agency (WECA) holding several posts in the club. He loved working in his workshop fixing things or making furniture or toys. Frank was loved by many as a good husband; good father, good uncle, good friend and he loved being a grandfather. He will be missed.

Friends and family may Visit the Funeral Home (Yannantuono Burr Davis Sharpe funeral Home in the Fleetwood area of Mt. Vernon. The address is 584 Gramatan Avenue Mt. Vernon) on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 from 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9pm. Mass of christina burial will be held Wednesday at St. Ursula’s Church 10am. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery following the Mass.

Please contact Stan Rothman at WA2NRV at for further details. 

N2SF - Sandy Fried, SK on Monday, September 13, 2004

It is with great sadness we report that our long time friend and WECA member Sanford (Sandy) Fried / N2SF became an "silent key" (SK) this past Monday morning, September 13, 2004.  Sandy was 75 years old and held an Amateur Radio license for over 55 years. He earned his Ham Radio ticket prior to joining the military, while also as a career member of the Navy and years later as a civilian holding callsigns around the world. Although the FCC database shows his most recent callsign as N2SF, he also held the callsigns of W6GLM (1949), KP4BRY (1963), GM5ABN (1965), WB2HPW (1967).

A long time member of WECA, Sandy was also for many years  the Westchester County Liaison to WECA while working in the Emergency Services Office of Westchester County (EOC). He was also a VE and coordinated WECA's VEC efforts for many years.

Holding a Ham Radio license for more than 25 years, Sandy was also an active member of the QCWA.  He ran and participated in many HF, 2 meter nets and public service events. Until about seven years ago, Sandy was an "Elmer to many" and also  taught Ham Radio "technician" classes in New Rochelle, NY at the adult education center.  Sandy also maintained a Ham Radio webpage at

He will be missed by many !

Please contact Stan Rothman at WA2NRV at for further details. 

 AE2F - Eugene Skopal has become a Silent Key on January 12, 2021

 I have some very sad news to share with you regarding WECA member Eugene Skopal / AE2F.  Eugene became an SK on January 12, 2021.  He was 64 years old and residing in Ossining.  Eugene was a WECA member since 1997.  Up until a few years ago Eugene was involved in many Summer Field Day events.  He is survived by his wife Cindy / KC2PTO.  Please see the enclosed obituary received this morning.


Eugene passed away peacefully, January 12, 2021, at the age of 64 years in Ossining, N.Y. He was born on October 11, 1956.  He is survived by his wife Cindy Skopal and other relative and friends.  There will be a graveside service here at St. Johns Cemetery in Rubicon, on Friday January 22 at 10:30 a.m. located in Erin Township, Washington County, Wisconsin. It is just north of the border between Waukesha and Washington Counties at the intersection of County Road K and Emerald Drive. It is attached to St. John's Catholic Church in Monches. This church is today named Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish. 

Graveside Service, Friday, January 22, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, W1170 Rome Rd., Rubicon WI

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home-Hartford is serving the family.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Eugene Skopal, please visit our floral store.




January 22, 2021

10:30 AM

St. John's Catholic Church -Rubicon WI

W1170 Rome Road

Rubicon, WI 53078 

Tom Fegan - KB2ZAM became a Silent Key on July 15, 2020

Tom Fegan was the Vice President of WECA (while Richard KC2HZW was President.)  Despite Tom's medical problems, he was active with getting speakers for the General Meetings and programming the computer for the RACES truck.  He also reached out to Simon / KD2DOE as a new member as to how WECA could help more.  Tom encouraged Simon to get involved with our Public Service events and with ARES-RACES to get more familiar with ham radio operations and protocols.  Tom was active with the EastNet Packet system and knowledgeable about its use as an EComm resource.  Simon appreciated his advice on several occasions throughout his membership on the Board as Secretary and now as President.  Very sad to hear he lost his long battle with his medical problems.

Barry Brown - K2BLB became a silent key on March 20, 2020

Chief Barry Brown / K2BLB became a silent key on March 20, 2020 after a long illness.  He was a WECA member since 2016 and held a technician license.  Barry was an extremely active member of the Mohegan Volunteer Fire Association and Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  He was a past EMS Coordinator for Westchester County Department of Emergency Services, and past paramedic for Empress Emergency Medical Services, and Cortlandt Regional Paramedics.  "He put up a fierce battle, he will be missed", Tom / WB2NHC.

Joseph (Joey) Altamuro - KC2ESU became a silent key on April 27, 2020

Joey was a long time member of WECA since 1997, and a volunteer for the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.  When there was a public service event, the club could always count on Joey's attendance.   He was a resident of White Plains.  As of April 28, 2020, the arrangements for Joey were unknown, but a burial in White Plains is likely where family members are buried.  "God rest his soul he was a wonderful human being and will be missed I heard last night on the repeater.  RIP our Joey. Godspeed.  Thank you for letting us know.  Moment of silence of repeater perhaps?" N2AFN / Nina 

George Manning - K2RRR became a silent key on March 27, 2021

With a heavy heart I am sorry to report that George Manning / K2RRR became an SK.  George, also known as the voice of Santa Claus for the yearly "Blythdale Santa Operation" passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021. 


George had been a WECA member since 1977 and was involved with the Santa Operation for many years with Bob / WA2KHR (SK) along with countless other WECA volunteers.  The event made this a special visit for the patients and families at the Blythdale Children’s Hospital during the holiday season.  The Santa Operation handed out gifts with the help of Santa’s elves while the kids were “speaking” to Santa (George) via the 2-meter WECA repeater.  The "Santa Claus Operation" ended in December 2015.


Peter Johnson / N2TFC said, "I personally knew George not only through WECA, but he and I worked for Konica-Minolta Photo Imaging when the companies merged in the late nineties."


We will miss George’s “Ho-Ho-Ho” booming voice and the temporary joy he brought to those patients!

Below is George's obituary found in Lohud:

With heavy hearts, we announce the death of George Gardiner Manning (Montrose, New York), who passed away on March 27, 2021 at the age of 80. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

He was loved and cherished by many people including : his parents, George Manning and Grace Carroll Manning; his wife Kathy Mary O'Connor; his daughters, Meaghan Carroll Manning and Stephanie Anne Manning; his sister-in-law Jane Macaluso (Pete); his niece Gillian Kate Azzaro (Carmine); his nephew Patrick John Fitzgerald; his great-niece Ashley Mae Azzaro; and his great-nephew Ryan Michael Azzaro.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to: ASAPCA, ACLU or Phelps Cancer Center

WA2KHR - Bob Steinberg became an SK on Sunday, August 5, 2012.

Bob / WA2KHR (phonetically he would say WA2 Kosher Ham Radio) became an SK yesterday after a very long fight with cancer. Bob was a long time member of WECA since 1976 and perhaps best known as chef "Robere" at many WECA Field Days. He was mainly heard on 147.06 and about a year ago got involved with HF. He was an active WECA member and over the years participated in many Public Service events. He will be greatly missed!

His obituary is as follows:

August 5, 2012:

Robert L. Steinberg, 64, died early Sunday morning with his family by his side.  A native of Syracuse, Robert had worked for Bristol-Myers for many years as a computer analyst.  A career highlight with the company was the year spent in Paris on a special assignment. He was a skilled sailor and a past commodore of the Stuyvesant Yacht Club of City Island, NY. Robert was an amateur (ham) radio operator for over 36 years.  He participated in the 911 response and also provided communication to the NY Road Runners for the NYC marathon.  He is survived by his parents, Arthur and Dorothy Steinberg; his sisters, Carol (Peter Yaffe) and Cindy; and his nephews Eric (Amy) and Jonathan.

Funeral services will be noon tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7th at the Sisskind Funeral Chapel.   Friends may visit with the family immediately prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral chapel, 3175 E. Genesee Street. Burial will be in Adath Yeshurun Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at Arthur and Dorothy's home Tuesday through Thursday.  A memorial service was held at the Styvesant Yacht Club, City Island, NY on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 12 noon.

Contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for G.I. Research, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Carl Everts / N2VQP became an SK on August 5, 2022

Obituary for Carl R. Everts / N2VQP

Carl R. Everts, 78, of Yonkers, New York passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Carl was born in Yonkers, NY, son of the late Carl and Marge Everts (Waipa) on August 27, 1943. Carl was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, NY. He later became an electrician for Local 3 IBEW. Additionally, Carl had a passion for emergency services and dedicated his time as a volunteer EMT, Salvation Army worker, and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) consultant. Furthermore, Carl managed an extensive collection of ham radios (N2VQP) and communication devices while contributing to several radio communication organizations. He will forever be remembered for his years of service to the city of Yonkers.

Carl was a devoted father, who raised three children who will cherish his memory. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Carl is survived by his wife Jean Everts (Gemignani), sons Leif and Christian Everts, and daughter Janine Everts (Carolini). Carl, affectionately called Pop-Pop, was also the beloved grandfather of Justin, Ava, and Lia. His memory will also be held in the hearts of his daughter-in-laws Sally and Stephanie, and son-in-law Anthony.

Memorial services were held at the Westchester Funeral Home, 190 Main Street, Eastchester, NY on Tuesday, August 9, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. A prayer service will be held that same evening from 7:30 - 8:00 PM.

Condolences may be sent by visiting Carl’s obituary at:

Paul Maytan / AC2T became an SK on on February 4, 2024

Dear WECA members and friends:


Sadly, Paul M. Maytan / AC2T became an SK this past weekend on February 4, 2024.  He was born on 12/31/1934 and was 89 years old. He got his money’s worth!  He was an ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE) since 1984 for 748 exams.


I have known Paul since December 1993 when I took my Tech license exam with him at the Yonkers PD on Grassy Sprain Road along with his wife Emily, and other VEs who have since passed on. For many years Paul was the former Technical Engineering Director for WECA.  He was also a Technical Director for the Yonkers Amateur Radio Club (YARC) for many years. Until recently, Paul would operate on HF and he would also join the CBS Retirees net at 9am on Tuesday & Thursday mornings on the 147.06 WECA repeater. One of his replies on the net was “Fine Business”!  Paul is predeceased by his wife Emily (AC2V) who was also a WECA member and a VE.


Below is the obit published today February 6, 2024 by Legacy and the Sinatra Funeral Home . There will be two wake visitations at the Sinatra Funeral Home located at 499 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers on February 12 between 2pm and 4pm, and between 6pm to 8pm. The interment service will be the next day February 13, at 12 noon at the Mt. Hope Cemetery on Jackson Ave. in Hastings.

 Paul Maytan Obituary

Published by Legacy on Feb. 6, 2024.

Paul Maytan's passing has been publicly announced by Sinatra Memorial Home, Inc. in Yonkers, NY.

According to the funeral home, the following services have been scheduled: Visitation, on February 12, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., ending at 4:00 p.m., at Sinatra Memorial Home, Inc., 499 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, NEW YORK. Visitation, on February 12, 2024, at 6:00 p.m., ending at 8:00 p.m. The interment service will be on February 13, 2024, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Jackson Ave., Hastings-, NY.

Legacy invites you to offer condolences and share memories of Paul in the Guest Book below.

The most recent obituary and service information is available at the Sinatra Memorial Home, Inc. website.

Peter Johnson / N2TFC

2024 WECA Membership Director / CIO

Dr. Richard "Rich" Benda / WB2QJA became an SK on January 21, 2024


Dear WECA member,


Sadly, I report with a heavy heart that this past Sunday, January 21, 2024. Dr. Richard Benda / WB2QJA became an SK.  He had a long and hard battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Know to many as “Rich”, he earned his Ham Radio license in the mid-sixties. Rich joined WECA in the late 70’s and was the former Digital Communications Director for WECA until a few years ago when he and his family moved to New Hampshire.  Rich used to participate in many WECA events including Field Day, but he really enjoyed digital communications with APRS, packet,  and other state of the art communications technologies that are still in use today.


Below is his obituary published on January 22, 2024.

 Richard Benda Obituary

Published by Legacy Remembers on Jan. 22, 2024.

Dr. Richard L. Benda, the oldest of three children, was born in April 1948 in Brooklyn, NY to parents Louis and Katherine Benda.  Richard attended Queens College at the age of 16, graduated in 1968, and went on to graduate with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia in 1972.
  Richard became a board-certified doctor of Internal Medicine in 1975. Richard was certified with a subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1977. He was inducted into the American College of Cardiologists in 1979. Richard was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1982.
  He worked as an internist with a specialty in cardiology.  He began working at Lawrence Hospital Medical Center in Bronxville, NY in 1977 and served as the Director of Medicine from 1993-2003. Richard was a practicing medical doctor for 45 years.
  Richard married Carol Jones in 1972, and they eventually settled in White Plains, NY where they raised their five daughters.  Richard coached every little league and recreation league softball team his girls played on, as well as other teams when the city needed more coaches.  Richard obtained his ham radio license at the age of 16. Known as WB2QJA, he was an avid member of the Westchester Emergency Communications Association (WECA) for about 40 years.
 Richard was very active with St. Bartholomew's Church in White Plains, dedicating his time to the vestry and as an usher.  Richard was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which stole his retirement and his way of life as we all knew it.  Even while the disease took its toll, he still maintained his wit and his love of medical knowledge.  When his nursing home had covid, and residents were confined to their rooms, he would open his door every now and again to "check in on everyone."  He would always ask to read EKGs and would talk medical shop with the staff.  Richard was finally able to break free from Parkinson's Disease on January 21, 2024. 

   In ham radio “speak”, he is now a silent key, and we bid him a "73", which is a way of saying a warm goodbye.
  Richard is preceded in death by his parents and one of his sisters. He is survived by his wife, his sister, his five daughters, five son-in-laws, nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation in Richard's name.


Regards and 73,


Peter Johnson / N2TFC

2024 WECA Membership Director / CIO