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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX015 (2021)

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ARLX015 ARRL Author, QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR (SK)

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Special Bulletin 15  ARLX015
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 30, 2021
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX015 ARRL Author, QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR (SK)

Retired QST Technical Editor Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR, of Westport,
Connecticut, died on November 25. An ARRL member, he was 79. Hallas
retired in 2013 but remained active as a contributing editor,
handling the popular "The Doctor is In" column in QST and the
podcast of the same name. He had been a radio amateur since 1955.

"Joel was not only brilliant, he shared that brilliance with the ham
radio community in a way that taught innumerable hams things they
needed to know in order to experience success and enjoyment," said
ARRL Publications and Editorial Department Manager Becky Schoenfeld,
W1BXY. "He was a fine mind, a generous mentor and colleague, and a
consummate gentleman. He will be missed."

Retired ARRL Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY, recalled
Hallas as "an iconic figure in amateur radio media as a prolific
author of QST articles and ARRL books, and even in the audio podcast
community. I greatly enjoyed being Joel's sidekick for the popular
'Doctor is In' podcasts. He had a wry sense of humor both on and off
the microphone and a remarkably stoic attitude toward the illness
that would eventually claim his life."

Hallas authored six books about communications technology, published
by ARRL. His titles include Basic Radio; Basic Antennas; The ARRL
Guide to Antenna Tuners; Hamspeak; The Care and Feeding of
Transmission Lines; Understanding Your Antenna Analyzer, and The
Radio Amateur's Workshop.

Hallas earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering from the
University of Connecticut and an MSEE from Northeastern University.
He previously had worked for Raytheon as a radar systems engineer
and for GTE as a nuclear weapons effects (electromagnetic pulse)
analyst and as a satellite and terrestrial communications systems
engineer, as well as for IBM and AT&T. He also taught at the college
level.

He enjoyed sailing, as described in the July 2009 issue of QST. He
and his 24-foot sloop Windfall - fully equipped with a ham station
that used the insulated backstay as an HF antenna - graced the front
cover.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nancy, W1NCY.
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