ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX020 (1995)

ARLX020 Dana Atchley, W1CF, SK
QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 20  ARLX020
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  April 26, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
ARLX020 Dana Atchley, W1CF, SK
Dana Atchley, W1CF, SK
Dana Atchley, W1CF, died April 22, 1995, after a long illness.  He
was 77 years old and lived in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
He was a founder of Microwave Associates, a Fortune 500 company for
which he served as president and chairman of the board.  Among the
employees of Microwave Associates in years past was Sam Harris,
W1FZJ, who engineered the Arecibo radiotelescope in Puerto Rico.
In the 1970s Atchley created the ''four square'' vertical phased
array, for which he was awarded a patent.  He later described the
antenna in QST.  That antenna in recent years has seen a resurgence
in interest among low-band HF DXers and has become virtually their
antenna of choice on 80 meters.
Dana, then W1HKK, held postwar DXCC number 3.
Dana Atchley was one of the few graduates of Harvard College as an
engineer.  He was the son of the famed Columbia
University/Presbyterian Hospital physician of the same name, after
whom the Atchley Pavilion is named.  He was a descendant of two
American presidents, as a relative of the Adams family.
Atchley was an active promoter of amateur use of the microwave
bands.  He was instrumental in the creation of ''The New Frontier''
column in QST.  He also arranged for a grant to the Smithsonian
Institution from MA/COM in 1983 to help pay for renovations to
NN3SI, the amateur exhibit station there.
A memorial service will be held on May 31, 1995, at 11 AM, at the
Acton Congregational Church in Acton, Massachusetts.