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Former QST Managing Editor Joel Kleinman, N1BKE (SK), Inducted into CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame


CQ magazine announced its 2013 Hall of Fame inductees on May 17, welcoming eight new members into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, including former QST Managing Editor Joel Kleinman, N1BKE (SK), who helmed QST from 2001 until his untimely death in 2012. In addition, CQ named two new members to the CQ DX Hall of Fame and two new members to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.

Kleinman came to the League in 1976 after receiving his master’s degree from the University of Montana; his first article appeared in QST less than a year later. He quickly moved from the Education side of the building to the Editorial and Production side as an editorial assistant before becoming the ARRL Features Editor, then Editorial Supervisor, then Editorial/Production Supervisor. In 1988, Kleinman became Book Team Supervisor, where he was responsible for the development and editorial integrity of ARRL books and other media. He was named QST Managing Editor in April 2001.

“I depend on the QST Managing Editor to supervise the day-to-day production of the magazine,” said QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY. “Joel Kleinman was, in my opinion, one of the best QST Managing Editors in the history of the organization. Joel was a stickler for detail and maintained a tight grasp on the rules of grammar. At Headquarters, he was regarded as the unofficial ARRL grammarian. Joel also took great pride in Amateur Radio in general and the ARRL in particular. His death was a great loss for both the ARRL and for QST.”

Kleinman was nominated to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame by the editors who worked for him. “Not only did he guide 12 164-page issues of QST each year, Joel guided each one of us, too,” the nomination read. “No matter how busy he was (and he was always extremely busy), Joel would put everything aside and treat you as if your concern was the most important thing in the world. He let you know that he cared, and he welcomed questions concerning even the most mundane matter. His green pen edits on article drafts were legendary, many of them quippy or ‘punny.’ While he could be a hard task-master, he always found time to laugh. No matter what happened, each one of us left work every day somewhat richer in knowledge, as Joel always had something to teach.”

The other 2013 inductees (listed alphabetically) to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame are:

  • Evelyn Garrison, WS7A (SK) -- One of the early sales representatives for Icom, Garrison was a leader in the Amateur Radio industry. After leaving Icom, she formed her own company, Evelyn Garrison and Associates, where she made Alinco a highly respected part of the world ham radio marketplace. She was the marketing representative for Jetstream Amateur Radio products and introduced that brand to North America. Garrison passed away in February 2013.
  • Laurie Margolis, G3UML/GPC3L -- A longtime BBC correspondent and contributor to Amateur Radio magazines, Margolis made contact with a radio amateur on the Falkland Islands as Argentinian troops were invading the British territory in 1982. Due to these conversations, the BBC learned in real time what was happening on the Falklands and was able to pass the information along to the British government.
  • Michael Owen, VK3KI (SK) -- Longtime president of the Wireless Institute of Australia and Chairman of IARU Region 3, Owen participated in many IARU committees and was a member of the IARU Observer Team at a number of World Radiocommunication Conferences. He is perhaps best remembered for his work on Article 25 -- a package of revisions to the International Radio Regulations that are specific to the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services -- at WRC-03. Owen passed away in September 2012.
  • Harry Rubinstein (ex-9EEV) (SK) -- Inventor of the printed circuit, the slider potentiometer and the combination potentiometer/on-off switch, Rubinstein was awarded the Cledo Brunetti Award in 1984 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for his “early key contributions to the development of printed components and conductors on a common insulating substrate.” Rubenstein was profiled in the May 1998 issue of CQ magazine. He passed away in August 1990.
  • Walker Tompkins, K6ATX (SK) -- A journalist, author and historian, Tomkins penned more than three dozen books, including the popular Amateur Radio series of novels -- SOS at Midnight, CQ Ghost Ship, DX Brings Danger, Death Valley QTH, Murder by QRM and Grand Canyon QSO -- featuring high school student Tommy Rockford, K6ATX. These books are credited with getting many young people interested in Amateur Radio in the 1960s. Tomkins passed away in November 1988.
  • Joe Walsh, WB6ACU -- First licensed in 1961 as WV2KAC, Walsh joined the Eagles in 1976 and is credited for bringing a harder rock sound to the band with the acclaimed Hotel California, The Long Run and Eagles Live. A singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Walsh has been performing for more than four decades, not only as a solo artist, but also as part of admired bands such as The James Gang and Barnstorm. In 2004, Walsh told the ARRL that “Amateur Radio has done nothing but make my life more fun, more interesting. I have friends around the world.”
  • William G. (Bill) Welsh, W6DDB (SK) -- CQ Novice Editor for 20 years, Welsh was responsible for helping thousands to get their ham licenses. He ran Amateur Radio licensing courses for 50 years and had a rare talent for explaining technical material in easy-to-understand terms. In addition to his CQ column, Welsh also wrote for QST, 73 and Ham Radio magazines. He produced Amateur Radio training tapes for blind students, which were distributed through the Library of Congress. Even after the Novice license was discontinued, Welsh continued to encourage new hams through his on-air activity and by offering a certificate for confirmed contacts with all 10 US call districts. He passed away in November 2011.

CQ DX and Contest Hall of Fame

The 2013 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:

  • Vladimir Bykov, UA4WHX/AC4LN -- In the past 10 years, Bykov has visited and operated from more than 100 DX entities. In 2012, he operated from all six continents. Bykov has provided more than 700,000 DX contacts for hams around the world (and QSLed them all).
  • Robert “Gary” Dixon, K4MQG -- A founding member of the Carolina DX Association, Dixon is also the Founding President of the International DX Association (INDEXA), which has helped support more than 200 DXpeditions in the past 30 years.

The 2013 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

  • Dale Green, VE7SV -- A world-class contester, Green has been hosting teams of new and experienced contesters at his superstation for the past 20 years. He recently helped start a contest group in Chile.
  • Charles “Chas” Fulp, K3WW --A multi-award winning contester, Fulp is the Past President of the Frankford Radio Club, which says he “is our role model and sets the standard for other FRC members to strive to achieve.”

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals, whether or not they are licensed hams, who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio, as well as those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to Amateur Radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet. The CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame honor those amateurs who not only excel in personal performance in these major areas of Amateur Radio but who also “give back” to Amateur Radio in outstanding ways.

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and the 27th anniversary of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame. The CQ DX Hall of Fame celebrates its 46th year in honoring the world’s top DXers. Formal inductions to the CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame will take place during the 2013 Dayton Hamvention®.




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