Silent Key Administrator
Secretary 2020 - Present


Ron Fish
Box 4
Circleville, NY 10919-0004

QCWA # 29983
OOTC # 4581

Chapters 226 & 181

Secretary Chapter 226
SK Admin
KX1W - Ron Fish

I was first licensed in 1971 as WN1OQT in New Haven, CT, where I was reared. I received my General ticket (WB1BWG) two weeks after graduation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1978. I rarely used that call as I upgraded to Advanced (KD6IT) and then Amateur Extra (NF6D) while working in the Aerospace industry in Southern California. My current and last call is KX1W, which I received in 1984 when I relocated back to New England.

I have been in the Aerospace industry for 40 years, as an avionics systems engineer, and for the past 35 years, in sales and marketing. I have worked for Boeing, Northrop, and Lockheed Martin, in addition to small and medium-sized firms.

I was active in the WPI Radio Club, W1YK, although primarily as a SWL since my license had lapsed during my college years. I am a past president of the Northrop Radio Club (then W6VPZ, now WI6NG), a past president of the Los Angeles Area Council of Amateur Radio Clubs, and I was the first Affiliated Club Coordinator in the Los Angeles Section of the ARRL when they introduced the expanded field appointments. I was also one of the operators at the 1984 Olympic Village commemorative station in Los Angeles.

In 2006, I earned a Masters in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). I am a Life Member of ARRL, QCWA, and OOTC. I have been on the Publications Committee of QCWA for the past few years, proofreading both the QCWA Journal and the webpage. In 2016, I became the QCWA Silent Key Administrator, and I am the Incoming QCWA Secretary.

I've had an almost life-long interest in the Sherlock Holmes tales written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and I belong to a number of Sherlock Holmes groups worldwide. I was the Editor of the newsletter of The Sherlock Holmes Wireless Society for twenty years (a group open only to licensed amateurs). I also maintain a number of websites for various Sherlockian groups.

I am also an active Freemason, belonging to lodges in CT and NY and appendant groups such as the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Shrine.

I am the Affiliated Club Coordinator for the Eastern New York Section of the ARRL. I have been active on the HF bands since the ARRL bicentennial, on AM, SSB, and CW. I plan to expand to digital modes in the future. I earned WAS and DXCC on phone, and currently have 43 states confirmed on CW.

July 1, 2020