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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX006 (2002)

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ARLX006 ARRL Legislative And Public Affairs Manager Steve 
Mansfield, N1MZA, SK

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Special Bulletin 6  ARLX006
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 2, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX006 ARRL Legislative And Public Affairs Manager Steve 
Mansfield, N1MZA, SK

A memorial service will be held August 3 for ARRL Legislative and
Public Affairs Manager Steve Mansfield, N1MZA, of West Hartford,
Connecticut, who died July 29 following a spirited battle with brain
cancer. He was 55. With the League for 11 years, Mansfield was the
League's representative on Capitol Hill. He also managed the ARRL's
public relations efforts. Although he initially bounced back
following a diagnosis of brain cancer and subsequent surgery in
2000, he had suffered several setbacks in recent months.

"I shall remember his wit and enthusiasm when we worked together in
Washington," ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, said of Mansfield--an
avowed "political junkie" who'd accompanied Haynie on official trips
to DC. "He loved his job and he will be missed."

Among Mansfield's most notable accomplishments was his
behind-the-scenes effort to facilitate introduction of the Amateur
Radio Spectrum Protection Act, HR 817. The measure--still before
Congress--would ensure that amateurs receive equivalent replacement
spectrum for any frequencies lost to other services.

Mansfield also was deeply involved in the ARRL's efforts to initiate
congressional legislation to aid Amateur Radio operators bound by
restrictive private deed covenants, conditions and
restrictions--CC&Rs. Introduced earlier this year, HR 4720--the
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act--would
provide relief to amateurs prevented by CC&Rs from installing
outdoor antennas by making such private land-use regulations subject
to the PRB-1 limited federal preemption. Mansfield also wrote and
edited "DC Currents," which detailed the League's Washington efforts
in QST.

As part of ARRL's "Washington Team," Mansfield gave a face to
Amateur Radio as he shared its story with members of Congress and
their staffers. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, remembered
Mansfield as "a consummate professional and team player" with a
keen, probing intellect.

ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said Mansfield "did
an extraordinary job for the League in Washington." Mansfield came
aboard in 1991 with "the right stuff," Sumner recalled, and,
although not a ham when he joined the staff, Mansfield rekindled the
passion for Amateur Radio he'd felt after building a shortwave
receiver as a youngster in Indiana, and he soon became N1MZA.

Mansfield leaves his wife, Ellyn, two daughters, Ramona and
Elizabeth, two sisters and a brother. Condolences may be sent c/o
Ellyn Mansfield, 102 Clifton Ave, W Hartford, CT 06107-1720.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorial contributions to a
food bank of your choice or to The Burris School, Ball State
University Foundation, PO Box 672, Muncie, IN 47308.
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