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Over the years, the VWOA has had many activities. They have included on-the-air communication, in-person meetings, presentation of awards, production of publications, and support for historical and charitable causes.

Recognition of others . . .

bulletVWOA members maintain the monument in New York's Battery Park commemorating those radio and wireless operators who have perished with their ships.  Currently the memorial is not on display during construction in Battery Park.
bulletWhen the memorial is on display, the VWOA holds an annual memorial service at the monument.
bulletThe VWOA maintains an extensive "Lost Sparks Registry" online database of radio operators who lost their lives while serving in World War II.  The database is fully searchable by operator, ship, and date.  Click on the link at the top of this page "Lost Sparks Registry" to use this unique "Electronic Memorial"

Education . . .

bulletVWOA members have served as volunteer "Sparks" demonstrating the radio equipment aboard the lightship AMBROSE in New York City's South Street Seaport.
bulletThe VWOA is a frequent consultant to authors, scholars, film makers, and producers on all facets of the history, developments, traditions, future, and trends in communications.
bulletThe VWOA has also produced its own videotapes.

Publications . . .

bulletThe VWOA publishes a newsletter  containing a wide range of information about historical as well as current radio communications.  These are available online by clicking on the image at left.
bulletThe VWOA also publishes an annual yearbook in conjunction with the annual awards banquet.  It is also available by clicking on the image at left.

The VWOA also supports several historical, educational, and charitable organizations and projects.

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