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ARLX015 ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP (SK)

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Special Bulletin 15  ARLX015
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 3, 2016
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX015 ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP (SK)

ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP, of Dallas, Texas, died on
November 1, after a period of ill health. He was 73. Haynie was
elected as the 13th President of ARRL on January 21, 2000,
succeeding Rod Stafford, W6ROD (ex-KB6ZV).

"Jim was a remarkable individual who made a huge personal commitment
to Amateur Radio and the ARRL," said ARRL President Rick Roderick,
K5UR. "He had a great sense of humor that was often quite helpful as
we addressed some serious matters when Jim was President. His vision
guided us to try new things that are still helping Amateur Radio and
the League to this day."

A radio amateur for more than 40 years, Haynie was twice re-elected
by the ARRL Board to the ARRL's top volunteer office, serving until
January 2006, when Joel Harrison, W5ZN, succeeded him. Prior to
assuming the ARRL presidency, Haynie was ARRL West Gulf Division
Director during two different periods - from 1987 until 1990 and
from 1997 until 2000, and an ARRL Vice President from 1990 until
1992.

During his 6 years as president, Haynie focused on promoting Amateur
Radio in the classroom, and his ARRL Amateur Radio Education Project
- which he dubbed the "Big Project" - was an initiative to offer a
turnkey Amateur Radio curriculum as well as radio equipment to
schools. His project eventually grew into the ARRL Education and
Technology Program (ETP).

A gregarious and accessible individual, Haynie was also skilled at
promoting Amateur Radio as often as he could, frequently on the road
to attend as many ham radio gatherings as he could squeeze into his
schedule, including Dayton Hamvention each spring. Once, he was also
a guest of Art Bell, W6OBB, on his Coast to Coast AM overnight radio
talk show.

On several occasions, Haynie traveled to Washington, DC, to meet
with FCC and other government officials and with lawmakers on
Capitol Hill to promote Amateur Radio issues and to communicate
concerns. Those included the League's position on deed restrictions
or CC and Rs. During his tenure, the Amateur Radio Spectrum
Protection Act and the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Consistency Act - an early bill to address the CC and R issue - were
introduced in Congress. In 2003, Haynie testified on Capitol Hill on
behalf of the Spectrum Protection Act.

Not long after he became president, Haynie arranged for the gravely
injured 13-year-old Willem van Tuijl - shot by pirates while
cruising in the South Pacific with his parents Jacco, KH2TD, Jannie,
KH2TE, van Tuijl - get medical treatment in the US.

After the 9/11 terror attacks, Haynie rallied radio amateurs to
assist, and he praised the actions of Amateur Radio volunteers who
turned out in New York City and Washington, DC. "Radio amateurs in
New York City and elsewhere around the country are doing everything
they can to support the authorities in locating and assisting
victims," he said in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

A few years later, Haynie provided written testimony on Amateur
Radio's response in the Hurricane Katrina disaster to the US House
Government Reform Committee.

In 2007, after he had left the presidency, Dayton Hamvention named
Haynie as its Amateur of the Year. Hamvention said Haynie's League
leadership "helped define Amateur Radio's role in emergency
communication."

Service details have not yet been announced.
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