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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB070 (2002)

ARLB070 DXCC legend Bob White, W1CW, SK

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 70  ARLB070
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 22, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB070 DXCC legend Bob White, W1CW, SK

Former ARRL Headquarters staff member Robert L. White, W1CW, of
Seffner, Florida, died November 22 from complications arising from
pneumonia. He was 83.

Known to many as ''Mr DXCC,'' White was the manager of the ARRL's DX
Century Club program from 1952 until 1976, establishing the
award--and its stringent standards--as Amateur Radio's premier DX
achievement. White codified the rules for the DXCC program and
oversaw the checking of some 250,000 QSL cards submitted yearly,
often working as many as 90 hours a week to ensure that the job got
done right. During his tenure at Headquarters, White also oversaw
the ARRL QSL Service. He belonged to the ARRL for 62 years and was a
Life Member.

''Dad was the guy who made DXCC what it was,'' said White's son, Jim,
K4OJ, in a posting to the CQ Contest reflector. ''He didn't cut any
corners--everyone was held to the same high standard--and this is
what made holding DXCC meaningful.''

Introduced to Amateur Radio in his youth, White was first licensed
in 1938. He served as a radio operator in the US Navy during World
War II.

White was an avid DXer and CW enthusiast. Active in the First-Class
CW Operators' Club, White was also inducted into the CQ DX Hall of
Fame in 1998.

His wife Ellen, W1YL, and his son Jim, K4OJ, survive him; both are
former ARRL staff members. Friends may send condolence messages via
e-mail to or to 6607 Flicker Ct, Seffner, FL
33584. The family invites memorial donations to the W1CW Memorial
Fund-Florida Contest Group, c/o Frederick M Perkins Jr, 3437 Lake
Josephine Dr, Lake Placid FL 33852. Per White's request, there will
be no public service.


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