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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB068 (2003)

ARLB068 Former New England Director Robert Chapman, W1QV, SK

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 68  ARLB068
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 24, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB068 Former New England Director Robert Chapman, W1QV, SK

Former ARRL New England Director Robert York Chapman, W1QV, of
Groton, Connecticut, died November 21. He was 96. Chapman served as
New England Division Director from 1965 until 1975, when the ARRL
Board of Directors elected him an ARRL Honorary Vice President.
Chapman also was president emeritus of the ARRL Foundation, which he
helped to found in 1973.

''He was the 'grand old man' of Amateur Radio in Southeastern
Connecticut 40 years ago when I became a ham,'' recalled ARRL CEO
David Sumner, K1ZZ. Sumner said that during his tenure on the ARRL
Board, Chapman championed ARRL life membership (he was a Charter
Life Member) and, at the board's May 1968 meeting, proposed the ARRL
Five-Band DXCC Award as the epitome of Amateur Radio DX achievement.

ARRL staff member Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, said the Amateur Radio
community ''has lost a great friend with W1QV's passing.'' Chapman
continued to be active in Amateur Radio until health problems forced
him to move to a long-term care facility, Wolfgang said.

An ARRL member since 1923 and a ham since 1924 (as 1QV), Chapman was
the director of the Acoustical Research and Development Division at
the US Navy Submarine Base in Groton, where he led the program to
develop silencing mechanisms for ships. He also was the Navy's chief
technical consultant to submarine and destroyer training activities
in the field of acoustics.

Chapman was a member and past president of the Tri-City Radio Club,
a member of the A1 Operator Club, the Quarter Century Wireless
Association, the Old Old Timers Club and IEEE.

The family invites memorial donations to the Poquonnock Bridge
Baptist Church, South Road, Groton, CT 06340.


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