The U.S. NCVA supports the FRUPAC amateur radio operators net. FRUPAC is a unique amateur radio network of active, retired, and honorably discharged U.S. Naval Cryptologists, past and present, whose prime objective is to:
- Use HAM radio to locate former shipmates.
- Provide all with an organized and convenient means of establishing and maintaining contact with each other from the comfort of their respective stations.
- Encourage others to pursue the advocation of amateur radio.
Initiated in 1973, the continually expanding roster [FRUPAC members must login to access the FRUPAC Roster] now has 573 current and former shipmates of the U.S. Naval Cryptologic Community with currently valid ham calls—Including one of the original OP20G pioneer D.C. operator’s school graduates organized as the On-The-Roof Gang (OTRG).
From the beginning, it was apparent that an identifiable title was needed for the expanding group and nets. The acronym, FRUPAC (Fleet Radio Unit, Pacific), was selected to commemorate that most successful World War II organization and its supporting personnel. Also, it was considered the most meaningful term that could best be related to by the greatest number of Naval Cryptologic veterans.
For further information contact the FRUPAC Secretary: Bill Hickey – WA3H.