Brennan Price, N4QX
Brennan T. Price, N4QX, is ARRL’s Chief Technology Officer, and represents the interests of Amateur Radio to numerous governmental and international agencies, including the FCC, NTIA, and ITU. With ARRL’s Technical Relations staff, ARRL’s Washington Team, and IARU volunteers from around the world, he formulates Amateur Radio's strategy for World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs). Held about once every four years, WRCs internationally allocate spectrum to all radio services. His prime objective is simply put: Don’t lose spectrum.
First licensed in 1997 as KF4UZB, Price earned his Extra Class license by 1999, acquiring the call signs KU4WJ and N4QX in the process. He served on the ARRL staff from 2000 to 2004 as Field and Regulatory Correspondent and Assistant Technical Editor. Price attended night classes at the University of Connecticut School of Law while at ARRL and left full-time ARRL employment to become Executive Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. While at the Law Review, he was invited to publish a scholarly summary of case and statutory law related to PRB-1, the FCC’s limited preemption of Amateur Radio antenna and antenna support zoning restrictions. This summary is designed to inform Amateurs, their counsel, and municipal counsel of the state of the law before any party adopts an unwise strategy.
After finishing law school, Price practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for nearly four years at the Hartford office of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP. He returned to ARRL in September 2008 and was elected ARRL's second Chief Technology Officer in January 2010.
Price has been designated the United States lead spokesperson for Amateur Radio issues at meetings of ITU-R Working Party 5A, at which most of the international work directly impacting Amateur Radio is conducted. Price serves on the board of directors of the United States ITU Association, an organization of United States private sector interests having regular business before the ITU.
Price has earned a B.A. in Chemistry, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is admitted to the Connecticut and Virginia bars and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He resides in Vienna, Virginia, and enjoys officiating soccer and playing chess, serving on the board of directors of the Correspondence Chess League of America.