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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX002 (1998)

ARLX002 Iris Colvin, W6QL, SK

Special Bulletin 2  ARLX002
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  February 23, 1998
To all radio amateurs

ARLX002 Iris Colvin, W6QL, SK

The other half of the world-famous Colvin DXpedition team, Iris
Colvin, W6QL, of Richmond, California, died February 18 at her home.
She was 83. Iris Colvin was first licensed in 1945 as W6DOD. She and
her late husband, Lloyd Colvin, W6KG, traveled the world between the
1960s and the early 1990s, operating from more than 100 rare DXCC
countries. Lloyd Colvin died in 1993. The couple had been married
for 55 years.

The Colvins racked up more than a million contacts over the years
and amassed one of the largest QSL collections in the world--more
than a half million cards at last count. The collection is said to
have occupied an entire room in the Colvins' home.

The ARRL Board of Directors recognized the Colvin's contributions to
international goodwill by naming them Amateur Radio Ambassadors of
the Decade 1980-1990. The Colvin Award was established in 1994 from
the proceeds of an endowment set up by Lloyd Colvin that named the
ARRL as a beneficiary. The Award disburses grants to support ham
radio projects that promote international goodwill in the field of
DX. Among others, the Colvin Award has helped to fund the second
World Radiosport Team Championship in 1996 and the VK0IR Heard
Island DXpedition in 1997.

Iris Colvin was a Charter Life Member of the ARRL and a life member
and past president of the Northern California DX Club. She also was
on the DXCC Honor Roll and was inducted into the CW DX Hall of Fame
in 1976.

A daughter and grandchildren survive. Services will be private.