Brennan Price, N4QX, Returns to ARRL Staff
Brennan Price, N4QX, returned to the ARRL Staff as the League's Technical Relations Manager on September 15, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, earlier this summer. From 2000-2004, Price served as Field and Regulatory Correspondent and Assistant Technical Editor at ARRL Headquarters. As Technical Relations Manager, he will be responsible for representing the ARRL's interests to federal government agencies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other international organizations, and regional telecommunications organizations, personally and through the supervision of other Technical Relations Office staff.
Saying that his goal is to "defend Amateur Radio spectrum, and if the opportunity presents itself, help gain some," Price is currently preparing for a meeting of United States Working Party 5A -- which considers issues in the Amateur Radio and Land Mobile services -- in Washington next week.
Price holds a BA in chemistry from Vanderbilt University, an MS in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and a JD with honors from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, where he was appointed Executive Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. Admitted to the Connecticut bar in 2005, he had been in private practice with a firm in Hartford. Price was first licensed in 1997 as KF4UZB, earning his Amateur Extra class license by 1999, acquiring the call signs KU4WJ and N4QX in the process. He is an ARRL Volunteer Counsel and has stayed current with regulatory issues affecting the ARRL and Amateur Radio.
While at the Law Review, Price 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 29 page summary is designed to inform amateurs and their counsel, as well as and municipal counsel, of the state of the law before any party adopts an unwise strategy.
"We are fortunate to have filled this key position with someone with Brennan's experience, training and passion for Amateur Radio," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. "His strong regulatory background and knowledge of the ARRL as a former staff member and active volunteer will help him come up to full speed very quickly. He jumped into preparations for the 2011 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-11) on his first day back."
Price said he welcomes the chance to return to ARRL and join its Technical Relations staff: "The League's Technical Relations efforts have paid tangible dividends to Amateur Radio operators over the years: Our allotment at 60 meters and more broadcaster-free space on 40 meters are but two examples. I am pleased to have the chance to advocate for Amateur Radio on the national and international stage. Although WRC-11 is three years away, preparatory work is well underway, with Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, representing the ARRL at a meeting of a Permanent Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) in Argentina this week."
When not at work or on the air, Price enjoys officiating football and playing chess.