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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX001 (2024)

ARLX001 Former Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division, Bill
Hudzik, W2UDT (SK)

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 1  ARLX001
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  February 23, 2024
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX001 Former Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division, Bill
Hudzik, W2UDT (SK)

Former Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson Division and ARRL Maxim
Society Member William "Bill" Hudzik, W2UDT, has passed away at the
age of 77.

Hudzik served as Vice Director from 2011 to 2022, and he had
previously been Section Manager of the ARRL Northern New Jersey

Hudzik was first licensed in 1961 as WV2UDT, and he was active in
VHF contesting at the time.

He quickly gained a reputation as someone willing and able to help.
"He was probably one of the most capable people I have ever known.
It didn't matter what you were doing, he knew how to deal with it,"
said ARRL Director of Operations Bob Naumann, W5OV. Naumann had
known Hudzik for 45 years. "Bill set a very high bar for how to
treat people," he said.

Hudzik served in the military and used his radio skills to help his
fellow servicepeople. He spent the holiday season of 1966 - 1967
running phone patches from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, as

Hudzik called himself a "contest junkie" and enjoyed operating in
contests from V26B in Antigua and Barbuda. He was part of several
high-scoring team activations from the station. He also operated
from St. Croix and wrote about the trip for ARRL (see Vacation,
Contesting and Friends - Perfect Together).

Hudzik served as Section Manager from 2001 to 2008. He was active in
government affairs to advance amateur radio in the Garden State. In
2011, he was appointed to serve as Vice Director of the ARRL Hudson
Division. He served in that capacity until an illness forced his
retirement in 2022.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, praised the impact Hudzik had on
amateur radio. "Bill served ARRL and its members for many years. It
was evident from the beginning that he was someone special. He was
highly respected, friendly with all, and showed great insight and
patience. Bill left a legacy that will be remembered. It was a
privilege to have known him," he said.

ARRL Hudson Division Director Nomar Vizcarrondo, NP4H, says Hudzik's
guidance was invaluable to him as he started in the role. "I am
deeply saddened by Bill's passing. Shortly after he resigned as Vice
Director for the Division because of his health and I was appointed
to continue his term, Bill reached out and offered me his support
and guidance. It was a pleasure and honor to have known him. Board
Members at ARRL along with our Hudson Division family are saddened
by his passing and acknowledge the great human being and Amateur
Radio Operator he was. He will be truly missed. Godspeed W2UDT,"
wrote Vizcarrondo.

A celebration of life will be planned in the future.


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