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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX008 (2022)

ARLX008 ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD (SK)

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Special Bulletin 8  ARLX008
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 2, 2022
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX008 ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD (SK)

Harry Dannals, W2HD, President Emeritus of ARRL The National
Association for Amateur Radio, died on August 30. He lived in
Charlottesville, Virginia. In April, Dannals celebrated his 95th
birthday and over 80 years of involvement in amateur radio. He
served as ARRL President for 10 years, from 1972 - 1982, and his
President Emeritus status was conferred in 1984. He was also an ARRL
Life Member.

In an interview, Dannals said that when he was 10 years old, he
practiced Morse code with his best friend and was able to master 50
- 60 words per minute.

Dannals served in the Navy after graduating from Balboa High School
in the former Canal Zone on the isthmus of Panama, where his father
was Officer in Charge of a radio receiving site. Eventually, Dannals
himself would become the supervisor of more than 20 radiomen and
support personnel. He was discharged in mid-1946 and attended
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic Institute of New
York University), where he prepared for his amateur radio license.

In writings shared by one of his children, Dannals wrote, "I found a
way to prepare for my amateur license by doing a research paper for
an English class using amateur radio as a resource. Among my
references was the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) Radio
Amateur's Handbook with the latest ARRL license manual on the side.
It worked, and my call sign, W2TUK, was received that year with a
great deal of joy by me and my dad."

After graduation from college in 1950, he went on to work for the
Sperry Corporation, where he worked in radar and other engineering
programs. "During almost 40 years of my employment there, the
company provided a club station, W2YKQ, which was on the air during
lunch periods, a fact that made the more than 200 ham radio
operators that worked at Sperry very happy," wrote Dannals.

While at Sperry, he met his future wife, Kay, and they were married
for over 60 years. Dannals lived in Dix Hills, New York, prior to
his retirement to Charlottesville, Virginia, in the early 1990s.

Dannals volunteered for several appointments in the ARRL Field
Organization: Official Relay Station (ORS); Official Phone Station
(OPS); Official Observer (OO), and Emergency Coordinator (EC). He
held elected positions as Section Communications Manager (SCM), Vice
Director, and Director of the ARRL Hudson Division. He was elected
President by the ARRL Board in 1972, and served for five two-year
terms. During his office, he traveled extensively to help represent
ARRL -- visiting all 50 states, the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Canada,
Mexico, Chile, Peru, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom.
International travel fulfilled his role as US Representative to
Region II of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

Dannals recounted that during his presidency, preparations were made
for the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) of 1979.
Through the efforts of ARRL staff, volunteers, and the FCC, the
conference led to the worldwide allocation of the 30, 17, and
12-meter bands (the WARC Bands).

"Without question, the time devoted to ARRL matters, working with
the very capable and dedicated staff, and my association with the
board of directors was a wonderful experience," wrote Dannals. "Each
year was punctuated by new developments for ham radio. A volume of
great memories will never be forgotten."

"Since the time that he was President of ARRL, I always called him
'Prez.' And Prez would enjoy chatting about all of the wonderful
people at Headquarters," said his son, Bob Dannals, W2GG, in a
remembrance he shared with ARRL. "My dad considered each ham that he
met to be a member of his extended family. He cared greatly and
fought mightily for all hams in his administrative roles with ARRL.
He would say that we are all members of the worldwide community that
started with Marconi and continued with Hiram Percy Maxim. It's a
wonderful legacy and I'm happy that he shared it with me (and
everyone else he met)."

Dannals was the oldest member of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club,
an ARRL Special Service Club. In 2018, Dannals received a visit from
ARRL Roanoke Division Director Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, and Vice Director
Bill Morine, N2COP, who presented him with the Roanoke Division
Award for his dedicated leadership to all amateur radio operators.

Dannals was also President Emeritus of the Quarter Century Wireless
Association (QCWA), having served as President of the QCWA from 1989
to 1994. In 2016, Dannals was honored by QCWA for his 70 years as a
radio amateur. In comments about the honor bestowed on him, Kay
Craigie, N3KN, who was ARRL President from 2010 - 2016, said that
Dannals set an example of "cheerfulness and enthusiasm, and
friendliness to all hams, whether they qualify for QCWA twice over
or are so new that they haven't memorized their call signs yet."

A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 10 AM ET
at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive,
Charlottesville, Virginia, followed by a church service at 11 AM ET.
Interment will be at Holly Memorial Gardens.


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