ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX003 (2004)

ARLX003 Longtime ARRL Staffer, SSB Pioneer By Goodman, W1DX, SK

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 3  ARLX003
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 21, 2004
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX003 Longtime ARRL Staffer, SSB Pioneer By Goodman, W1DX, SK

Byron H. ''By'' Goodman, W1DX (ex-W6CAL, W1JPE), of East Hartford,
Connecticut, died May 11 after a period of declining health. He was
93. A San Francisco native, Goodman was a member of the ARRL
Headquarters staff for more than three decades, most of that time
serving as a technical editor. Goodman authored and edited literally
hundreds of QST articles and columns as well as other League
publications, including The Handbook for Radio Amateurs. Former ARRL
colleague and retired ARRL General Manager Dick Baldwin, W1RU
(ex-W1IKE), best remembers Goodman for his pioneering efforts in SSB
and for technical expertise.

''He was a man of many talents,'' Baldwin said. ''He was in the
forefront technically--antennas, receivers, single sideband.'' He
said the technical challenge spurred Goodman's strong interest in
SSB. Goodman initiated a series of columns about single sideband in
QST in 1948--a decade or more before the mode eventually eclipsed

First licensed in 1930, Goodman graduated from the University of
California-Berkeley with a degree in electrical engineering. His
first ARRL Headquarters position in the mid-1930s was as an
assistant secretary to ARRL Secretary K. B. Warner, W1EH. Never
entirely comfortable in that front-office position, Goodman later
joined a revamped Technical Department and never looked back.

Over the years, Goodman wrote numerous reviews of new equipment in
QST, served as the first ''How's DX?'' editor from 1936 until 1947 and
edited a column of International Amateur Radio Union news. While the
author's identity was not widely known outside of the ARRL
Headquarters family, Goodman wrote a series of QST April Fool
parodies under the pseudonym Larson E. Rapp, WIOU.

''By had a very great sense of humor, a very dry sense of humor,''
said former colleague George Hart, W1NJM.

During World War II, Goodman took a leave of absence from his League
duties to work for Raytheon in Boston, helping to develop their
radar systems.

In 1989, Goodman received the Dayton Hamvention's Technical
Excellence Award. He belonged to the ARRL, the Quarter Century
Wireless Association and the A1 Operator Club. He was not active on
the air in recent years, however.

Survivors include Goodman's wife, Barbara, a daughter and a sister.
The family invites memorial donations to the American Heart
Association, 2550 US Rte 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-4301.