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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX020 (1997)

ARLX020 AWA cofounder Bruce L. Kelley, W2ICE, SK

Special Bulletin 20  ARLX020
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  November 11, 1997
To all radio amateurs

ARLX020 AWA cofounder Bruce L. Kelley, W2ICE, SK

Antique Wireless Association cofounder and AWA Museum curator
emeritus Bruce Kelley, W2ICE, of Holcomb, New York, died November 6,
1997.  He was 82.

Kelley, along with George Batterson, W2GB, and Linc Cundall, W2LC,
founded the AWA in 1952.  The museum stemmed from one that Kelley
had set up in his barn in the late 1940s.  Kelley had just recently
stepped down as curator of the AWA museum in Bloomfield because of
ill health.  An April 1991 QST article about the AWA Museum called
Kelley the ''guiding light'' of the museum.

Bruce Kelley was very well known as a radio historian and among
vintage radio collectors.  He was a frequent contributor to the AWA
journal, The Old Timer's Bulletin and was co-author of ''Hams Span
the Atlantic on Shortwave.'' that appeared in the December 1996 issue
of QST and won the QST Cover Plaque Award for that month.  Kelley
assisted in the preparation of Ken Burns' TV documentary ''Empire of
the Air,'' some of which was filmed at the AWA Museum.  Kelley also
produced the video, ''The Trans-Atlantic Tests and Station 1BCG,''
available from the ARRL.  He also was club historian for the
Rochester Amateur Radio Association.

Kelley was first licensed as W8ACY in 1929 and had been a continuous
member of the ARRL since then.  He was retired from the engineering
department of Eastman Kodak.

Ed Gable, K2MP, who recently succeeded Kelley as museum curator,
said, ''The world has lost a true radio historian and a great radio

Services will be Thursday, November 13, 2 PM EST, at St Peter's
Episcopal Church in Bloomfield.  Kennedy & Son Funeral Home in
Bloomfield is handling arrangements.