Memory of Charles J. Nagy (N2VLT)
December 17, 1945 - June 17, 2012
Nagy in an undated photo taken on Staten Island
2012) It is with shock and deep sadness that I am reporting the
passing of Charles Nagy (N2VLT) of Staten Island, NY. Charles
was a long-time friend and fellow member of the NYC Amateur
Radio Emergency Communications Service. It was not unusual
to not hear from him for a while, especially as he traveled or
ran "errands" since his retirement last year. Charlie
was an intelligent and caring man who had many interests beyond
in the eastern part of the Bronx, Charlie had a keen insight to
a budding photography and music avocation while in high school.
His parents instilled in him a sense of learning what you can
to both improve yourself and provide a means of making a living.
His photography skills led him in various professional and personal
pursuits. When videography became affordable, he mastered the
VHS video camera before moving on to the digital realm. His photography
and interest in the sciences led him to years of work with the
Tesla Society, where his summer vacation was spent in Colorado
for their annual conventions.
interests led him to playing the electric bass guitar, keyboard
and how to master the sound boards as well. He hooked up with
fellow Bronxite and actor Chazz Palminteri who was a long-haired
lead singer for their band called "Razzamachazz" to
tour for the USO during the Vietnam War era in the early 70's.
In later years, Charlie would acquire, repair, collect and help
others with electric bass guitars. Periodically he and Chazz would
meet up with fellow band members for lunch or dinner as their
careers took different directions.
many years for Continental Airlines at Newark Airport, taking
on various logistical, electronic repair and coordination duties
for the operations department during the afternoon/evening shift.
This allowed him to stay up into the early hours of the morning
teaching himself computer skills, basic electronics and eventually
getting his amateur radio license in 1993 with an FCC issued callsign
As an amateur
radio operator on Staten Island, first with the Staten Island
ARES group and then as a member of NYC-ARECS, Charlie was a valuable
asset behind the scenes. He took his operational and logistic
skills to help in record keeping, developing how-to videos for
packet radio (digital messaging) and created the fine-tuned script
for the weekly on-the-air radio nets. Today's NYC-ARECS script
is not that much changed from the one that N2VLT created in the
spring of 1997. While he could not participate in the various
public service activities of the group like the various walks,
races and marathons, he was always available as an overnight Net
Control station should an emergency activation happen that required
the services of the amateur radio group.
from his position at Continental Airlines in late September 2011.
During his last nine months, he spent it trimming down some of
his possessions, learning more about his various hobbies and planning
to travel more.
be missed by all who knew him. His strong faith in his Creator
kept him on an even keel and he cherished each day that he was
above the ground. He may have bristled at some of the wrong directions
our society was heading, but he was never depressed by them. He
would not want us to be depressed by his passing, but to take
what we have and move forward in perfecting ourselves in the many
aspects of our lives.
In the Hungarian
of his ancestry, "Isten konzol a szomorú szívu,
akik lemaradnak, és megteszi a halottak a mennyek"
(God console the sad-hearted ones who are left behind, and take
the dead into the kingdom of heaven).
my good friend. We will all miss you.
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J. Hargrove - N2NOV