Last update August 20, 2012

Please note QCWA Chapter 5 is no longer active and the information below is very dated. We keep it here to honor our past members and the fine organization this once was. We tried to keep it going but there appears to be a lack of eligible younger hams willing to join. We also experienced a lack of support at the national level from QCWA headquarters. Both of these obstacles have made it hard to continue. Although we no longer meet or get any official QCWA communication or recognition we still continue our weekly QCWA net on 3917 khz. at 9:45 AM every Sunday morning from the Philadelphia area. Please join us at that time if you can.


The Quarter Century Wireless Association began on the evening of November 14, 1947 during a round table with John DiBlasi, W2FX, Uda Ross, W2UD, John Gloe, W2FD, Edwin S. Crane, W2EF, Dr. Ernest Cyriax, W2DI, and Irving R. Groves, W2DX. They decided they should meet together and with other old-timers, form an association of amateur radio operators who have been licensed for twenty-five or more years.

The first official meeting was held on Friday evening, December 5, 1947 in New York City, at which time the following were elected as officers of the newly founded Quarter Century Wireless Association. John DiBlasi, W2FX as President, George T. Droste, W2IN as Vice-president, Leon A. Hansen, W2FIT, as Secretary, and David Talley, W2PF as Treasurer. There were 34 in attendance at that first meeting. Charter membership was left open for a short time to allow others who were not able to attend the first meeting to formally become members. The roll of Charter members closed with a total of 54.

Presently there are over 190 Chapters active and there are a number of Chapters over seas. Chapters are active in Germany, Austria, Israel, and there are members of QCWA around the world in many countries.

To learn more about the national QCWA visit their HOMPAGE


Delaware Valley Chapter 5 started on September 11, 1956 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. The original elected officers were Tom Dix, W3BFH, Chairman, Ed Raser, W2ZI, Vice-chairman, Conrad E. Roberts, K2EW, Secretary, and Luther M Mkitarian, W2ASG, Treasurer. The first meeting held had 37 signed up members.

Chapter 5 has had steadily declining membership in the last 20 years mainly due to our aging members passing and few new members joining. The chapter discontinued activities in the Spring of 2009 although our Sunday net continues.

Delaware Valley Chapter 5 started out with most of its members coming from amateur radio clubs in Southeastern Pennsylvania and for many years dinner meetings were held at the Buck Hotel in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. In later years meetings were moved to the New Jersey side of the river and participation and new membership from the Pennsylvania side dwindled. It then primarily became a South Jersey Chapter with a few members on the Pennsylvania side of the river.

At a meeting in June of 2009, WA3DSP, Doug, became the interim chairman until Chapter 5 reorganizes. It is WA3DSP's belief that that Chapter 5 should be brought back to Penssylvania, close to the river, so that it can again serve the Philadelphia area amateur club population. In 2010 we will make an attempt to visit all Philadelphia area clubs looking for new members and reorganizing the Delaware Valley Chapter.

Some of the things that have to be determined are new officers, meeting place or places, and programs. Typically the QCWA chapters have quarterly dinner meeetings with a guest speaker and monthly luncheon meetings as well as board meetings. In the past we have also hosted special events, such as visits to local technical places of interest.

It is our sincere goal to re-establish a Delaware Valley Chapter and carry on the fine work and companionship this chapter has brought to hundreds of members since its inception in 1956.

If you live in the Southeastern Pennsylvania or Southern New Jesey areas, have been licensed for 25 years or more, and would like to become a member of QCWA Chapter 5 and help get this fine chapter going again, please contact me at doug@crompton.com


The last meeting was held on Septmember 14 and the speaker was Joe Hocheiter, Jr, a hydrogeologist who gave a talk on "Ground Water - Protecting a Vital Natural Resource". Joe is a partner in the BBL,Inc. company that is hired by many of the large companies to deal with contamination of their property and the area covered by the contamination.

Chairman Sid Deitz, W2FDE, the speaker Joe Hochreiter, Jr. WA3KTZ, and Vice Chairman Charles Davison, K2DOV
Walt Cranmer, W2AWR being presented the 75 year plaque by Charles Davison, K2DOV.
John B. Power, W2AXU, Walt Cranmer, W2AWR, John M. Heisey, K2FL, E. Miles Brown, W2PAU,
Winston C. Goldman, K3WG, Marvin J. Foral, W3QGC, and Charles Davison, K2DOV.


Century Award:
E. Miles Brown, W2PAU, Marvin J. Foral, W3QGC, Winston C. Goldman, K3WG, Anthony S. Rura, W2UDA, and Richard G. Schubert, K3PGC.
55th Anniversary Award:
John M. Heisey, K2FL, Ernest Kenas, W3KKN, and Donald G. Field, W2UAE.
65th Anniversary Award:
William F. Petty, Jr. W2HAZ.
70th Anniversary Award:
John B. Power, W2AXU, and Anthony S. Rura, W2UDA.
75 Year Award:
Walter E. Cranmer, W2AWR.
The 75 Year Award is a very nice plaque that was supplied by National Headquarters along with all the other certificates.


Chapter 5 Meets on the air every Sunday morning from 9:45 to 10:30AM on 3917Khz. The net control is Doug, WA3DSP. Members are encouraged to check-in regularly. Non-members are always welcome on our nets. Stop by and give us a listen. Many nets for other chapters also take place on 3917Khz. before and after the chapter 5 net.


We are sorry to report that W3DIP, Fielding O.Waters passed away on May 24, 2001. He was born on November 11, 1916 and he was a past Chairman of Chapter 5, from 1988-1990. He had been an active member of the Chapter for many years. He recently lost his only brother in November and his only relative is a nephew living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Jack Waters who is also a ham. His call is WB0BMD. Fielding served in the Armed Forces during WW II. A memorial service was conducted on June 2, 2001 at the Kirk & Nices Funeral home, County Line Rd, Philadelphia, PA


The following new members have recently joined 'Chapter 5':

Charles "Chick" AndersonW2RYB Titusville, NJ
Bob DurantKC2FXHPennington, NJ

Welcome aboard to our new members!

Please come back soon for more pictures and information about our chapter

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Contact Chapter 5 at doug@crompton.com

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Doug Crompton, WA3DSP , Doug@Crompton.com or visit my home page