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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Carmine (Carmen) De Vito (WA2GYX BAYSHORE NY)

7-8-26 to 6-19-03

Carmen De Vito was my father and he loved Ham Radio his entire life. (At last count he has about 20 antennas in his yard and on his house that he make from his "stuff".) I came upon this web site by going through his favorites list and saw a place to list him in your "friends remembered", and I thought since he has so many good friends he cared for through all the years that this may be a place to reach some of them. (I'm not a ham, listed is my mom's call, but she's not active) Dad was born in Brownsville, Pa. in 1926 and lived on his grandparent's farm untill the family moved to Inwood in Queens NY when he was 5. He often told us about his love of radios and built his first crystal radio set at age 7 all by himself. He worked in TV repair in Inwood and Hewlett then started his own TV repair shop in Lynbrook called "Star Electronics". About then he got his Ham Radio Licence in about 1957. After that he worked at WGLI Radio Station (1960-1964). Carmen got his first-class FCC licence in about 1960 and started working at ABC News in NYC in 1964. One of his greatest experiences there was working on the 1984 Summer Olympics in California. In 1991 (65)he retired from ABC, but acually had been out on LTD since 1986. He belonged to NABET Local 16... Was a member of the Coast Gaurd Auxillary Flotilla 13 for a while... had done experimenting with ATV (and been awarded an Amateur TV station at 421.25) As my dad became older and less healthy he still strived to keep current with the technology, and I know it was fustrating at times to him and yet also exciting. Thanks to good friends who helped him along in his later years he was still able to keep active in mind and body and spirit. I thank every one of you for your kindness, patience and love you showed him in so many ways - whether it was a ride to a hamfest or chipping in on a motorized bicycle so he could still get around town. God Bless you all for the conversation and friendship you shared with my dad over the air waves.

Contributed by: (N2BVQ)

I didn't know him, but sounds like a life well lived. John, ks4xn

Contributed by: john hughes (KS4XN)

Carmine was a Funny guy indeed! I always heard him telling everyone that "He was in the Barn :-) He will be surely missed by all his local friends on 2 meters, to be sure. He always seemed to be positive in his attitude on life. Rich WA2RQY

Contributed by: Richard Lucchesi (WA2RQY)

Carmine was the best. He was one of the first hams I made contact with on the local 145.330 repeater when I recieved my ticket. Carmine was always experimenting building antennas and putting them up. He was a personal friend of mine and one of my elmers. I used to enjoy going to his house and giving him a hand. He would show me things he built and installed and couldn't believe he was able to do it by himself at his age. His stories were the best. He also used to love to bicycle mobile on 10 and 2 meters. Carmine will be missed by everyone that knew him thats for sure. The local repeater will not be the same without him, or 147.575 simplex. Everyone from the LIARS club misses you already! Good Bye my pal. Pete

Contributed by: Peter Penta (KC2HLI)

Ha! It's really "slobovia"! That was the name of the town that the hill-billy people in the old old comic strip "Li'l Abner" lived in. He thought it was a kick to actually write that as his return address instead of Bay Shore...and he would get his mail delivered with no problem! It was just a little "dig". He'd also change his name and get junk mail addressed to Mr. Screaminmeemies and the like. Here's a picture of him with his rig just coming back from one of those mobile rides through downtown slobovia...(Thanks for the stories!...daughter Dale)

Contributed by: (N2BVQ)

When I first got my ticket in 1999, WA2GYX was one of the first hams I heard over the Grumman repeater (WA2LQO 145.330). I heard Carmine a few times while he was bicycle mobile and he always seemed to have another project to add to his "to do" list. (Then again, don't we all?) He was the kind of ham who had stories to tell from a life lived fully. One day, I remember hearing him critisize the smaller type used all too often in repeater listings. At the time I was a new ham and actively collecting data about local repeaters and nets. So, I sorted out what I had at that point and printed it out. I looked up W2GYX in the callbook and sent him a printed copy of my gathered info with a simple cover letter indicating that I hoped he would find the information useful. I received a thank you by e-mail shortly thereafter. Still, my personal favorite is how I'd hear him on his HT while he was relax in the bathtub. Having an old cast iron tub was like a ground plane antenna that seemed to make his signal stronger. Even my wife who is not licensed got accustomed to hearing Carmine on the air. We were saddened to hear of his passing. It won't be quite the same on the air without him. 73 OM CUL, Scott KC2FBV

Contributed by: Scott Verity (KC2FBV)

WA2GYX.....Bay Shore Wireless and Bicycle Mobile! Camine was a real hoot. To be up on the roof at his the middle of the night...putting up an antenna when he thought the wife was sleeping. Ha-Ha Carmine taught me Rule number one of ham radio: No matter what it was, what it cost, what it looked like...when questioned by the wife...the correct answer was always... it was under a hundred bucks dear! LOL God Bless you Carmine! Dennis Volin (KB2VUQ) Port St. Lucie, Florida (one block from the Indian River)

Contributed by: Dennis (KB2VUQ)

I met Carmine in 1994, he was a true gentlemen and one of the most recognized voices on the WA2LQO repeater (145.330). He will surely be missed. Rest in peace old friend ... 73.

Contributed by: Ray (N2IJ)

I was deeply saddened to find out of the passing of my dear friend Carmen De Vito WA2GYX. I became a licensed operator in 1993 and Carmen was my first contact on 2 meters. We quickly became good friends. Carmen was always friendly and welcomed all new hams aboard. Carmen always found time for anyone who wanted to talk. He had a wealth of knowledge in building antennas and assisted me in building a high gain FM Transmitter antenna. In exchange I assisted him in programming his handheld transceivers and radio scanners. I can recall many of our good times spent together at hamfests and viewing the toys at the local Radio Shack. Over the 10 years that Carmen and I were friends we had many interesting late night ragchews and debates. I sincerely believe that Long Island Amateur Radio has lost a true ICON for ham radio. I wish Carmen were here to see his and my dream coming true with the elimination of code as a requirement so the ham community will finally become one. I know if Carmen were still here with us he would be smiling. Goodbye my dear friend until we meet again. 88 Robert

Contributed by: Robert K.Quiles (N2TKC)

WA2GYX, Carmen was the reason I became interested in Amateur Radio. I used to listen to him on the 145.330 machine via my scanner. He was working on some kind of project in the barn. He would frequently transmit bicycle mobile. I was 13 years old. After a while, I got busy with school and did not pursue my ticket. It wasn't until 2006 that I had heard of his passing. I got my ticket October 11th, 2006. I would have loved to have QSOs with him. God bless you Carmen!

Contributed by: Chris DeSanto (N2ABG)

Dad left us 6 years ago tonight in 03. I miss him. Trying to add this picture of him coming home from work at the WGLI Radio Station - back in the 60s. He'd like that.

Contributed by: (N2BVQ)

I just came across this posting last week as I sat down with a mobile device. So I created a login account here just for the one-time purpose of posting this addition thread. Carmine, truly a wonderful friend to have, unexpectedly came across my mind and so I searched on his call sign and found this article. Thank you (I respectfully won’t mention your name – daughter) for posting this. I think you will remember me, as I was one of the only, if not only, friends that often visited Carmine when he was unfortunately in hospital, both in L.I. and once in Manhattan. Carmine was one of the first people I contacted when I got my first extra-class license. I found him when operating from CT whenever I could get up there. Searching at some point for repeaters, I came across what I think was the Grumman repeater on 2m and found Carmine. He had a very distinctive voice and personality representative of a much better generation of Americans, unfortunately past. Carmine had endless patience trying to connect using HF or 6m simplex, which we would often achieve, and then I would have a really interesting time listening to him talk about the ‘good old days’ when he worked at ABC. What is quite memorable was his description of how he used to call his wife on his handheld 2-way from a park outside. He said he knew the exact correct spot to stand from which he could reach a repeater and speak to his wife. I’m not sure what repeater that was, but it could have been the same L.I. Grumman repeater, not sure. I could write all day about the many enjoyable experiences I had with Carmine, both on air and visiting him at his house in L.I. I’m really glad to have met him, as he was a true friend always able to give good advice from well learnt experience. These days, now I have permanently returned to Europe, I would have enjoyed trying to contact him internationally on HF. He would have probably kept me going with ham radio, which I basically haven’t been involved with since we lost him. God bless you Carmine, and thanks for being such a good friend. Stuart D’Ortenzio

Contributed by: (KC2HNA)

Hi Stuart (KC2HNA), Thanks for your kind words about my Dad. It's 13 years and I still come back here to all the pages with comments (some are under different spellings of his name) to remind myself of the friends and good life he had. If ever you are back in the States be sure to look us up and pay a visit. Or, there's always Facebook - I know, Hams would cringe at that! Thanks to all who made entries on these pages, so long ago now, who were friends with my Dad. You were a huge part of his life. -daughter Dale

Contributed by: (N2BVQ)

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