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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX009 (2016)

ARLX009 Past ARRL Roanoke Division Director, Honorary Vice President
Dennis Bodson, W4PWF (SK)

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 9  ARLX009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 1, 2016
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX009 Past ARRL Roanoke Division Director, Honorary Vice President
Dennis Bodson, W4PWF (SK)

Past ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, of
Arlington, Virginia, died on July 1. He would have turned 77 this
month. Bodson had been recovering from recent surgery, but his death
was unexpected.

An ARRL Life Member, Bodson announced his retirement from the ARRL
Board of Directors during the Board's 2015 Annual Meeting. Fellow
Board members gave Bodson a standing ovation in recognition of his
years of service to the League, and they elected him as an Honorary
Vice President. Earlier in the meeting, then-ARRL CEO David Sumner,
K1ZZ, presented Bodson with his 60-year ARRL membership certificate.
Sumner said he was shocked and saddened to learn of Bodson's

"His service as Roanoke Division Vice Director and Director met a
standard of common sense and loyalty to the ARRL that in my
experience has been seldom matched and never exceeded," Sumner said.

Bodson served the League for more than 20 years - as Roanoke
Division Vice Director from 1993 through 2000, and as Director from
2001 until he stepped down from the Board. He served on the Ethics
and Elections, Programs and Services, Administration and Finance,
and Executive committees. He also was the first chairman of the
Board's Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Committee, and Past ARRL
President Kay Craigie, N3KN, said Bodson's greatest contribution to
the ARRL stemmed from his work on that panel.

"The committee's new, proactive stance made it possible to prevent
and avoid what would have been a number of thorny problems for
Amateur Radio operators and to promptly address others," Craigie
said. "Dennis never got the credit he deserved for his leadership of
this committee, because a bullet that's dodged doesn't make the

"In addition to his technical wisdom," she continued, "Dennis was a
delightful colleague and a raconteur. His sense of humor was sly,
dry, and sharp, and no bush ever died from his beating around it. He
always had something insightful and/or funny to say."

Craigie said that Bodson was the Director when she moved into the
Roanoke Division 9 years ago, "and I was proud to be his
constituent," she said.

Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, served previously
as North Carolina Section Manager. "When I was a Section Manager, I
was pleased and amazed at the level of continued support I received
from Dennis when he was Roanoke Division Director," Morine said.

An electrical engineer and fellow of both the IEEE and the Radio
Club of America, Bodson retired in 1998 as Chief of the Office of
Technology and Standards of the National Communications System
(NCS), US government agency. He occasionally contributed to QST and
QEX. "In 1986 he shared some of his expertise in a four-part series
of QST articles, 'Electromagnetic Pulse and the Radio Amateur,' that
has stood the test of time as the classic treatment of this
important topic," Sumner said.

His son Dennis A. Bodson, W3DZK, said arrangements are pending.


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