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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX007 (1998)

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ARLX007 Arnold R. Brilhart, K6GF, SK

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Special Bulletin 7  ARLX007
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  August 21, 1998
To all radio amateurs

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ARLX007 Arnold R. Brilhart, K6GF, SK

The ARRL has learned that ham radio pioneer Arnold R. Brilhart,
K6GF, of Vista, California, died May 17. He was 93. Licensed as 2DN
in Yonkers, New York, sometime prior to 1920, Brilhart was the
operator of one of the stations participating in the second ARRL
transatlantic tests in December 1921. The spark signal from 2DN was
heard calling 8AYN on December 11, 1921, by Paul Godley in Scotland,
and the call sign is among those on the cover of the January 1922
edition of QST.  ''The Story of the Transatlantics'' appears in the
February 1922 QST.

More recently, Brilhart was in the news following California's
disastrous Loma Prieta earthquake in January 1994 (a photograph of
his squashed car appears on page 14-3 of The FCC Rule Book and on
page 21 of the August 1994 QST).

Brilhart's fame extended into the area of music. He was a well-known
jazz musician and had designed mouthpieces for woodwinds. A
saxophonist, Brilhart was considered an expert on the subject of
reeds, mouthpieces and woodwinds.

An ARRL member, Brilhart had often been in touch with League
Headquarters. He continued to be active and reportedly was working
in an organ manufacturing plant when he was well into his 80s.

A memorial service was held May 28 in California.
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