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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX002 (2011)

ARLX002 Thormod "Tom" Bøe, LA7OF, (SK)

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 2  ARLX002
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 24, 2011
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX002 Thormod "Tom" Bøe, LA7OF, (SK)

Thormod "Tom" Bøe, LA7OF, of Horten, Norway, passed away on Monday,
March 21. He was 71. Bøe was President of the Norsk Radio Relae Liga
(NRRL), Norway's IARU Member-Society.

Bøe actively worked for the Amateur Radio cause throughout his adult
life in both a private and professional capacity. For many years, he
worked on spectrum management matters with the Norwegian
administration, was extremely active in CEPT and ITU forums and
served as Director of the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO)
in Copenhagen from 1998-2006.

"Tom was particularly active at WARC-79 and was instrumental in
securing many of the frequency allocations that we all enjoy using
on a daily basis," said Dave Court, A92IO/G3SDL. "In all these
activities, he always kept an eye on what he could do to contribute
to Amateur Radio." Court was Bøe's predecessor as ERO Director.

ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, remembered Bøe
fondly: "Tom was the spokesman for Norway in Committee 5, which was
responsible for all frequency allocations -- and I do mean all, as
the entire radio spectrum was under review at WARC-79. Norway was an
outstanding supporter of Amateur Radio at the conference, and Tom
was recognized as the 'most valuable delegate' by the IARU team."

Sumner said it was "a great privilege to know and work with Bøe in
Geneva during WARC-79, and on subsequent occasions during his
decades of distinguished service to the ERO and the NRRL. His
countless colleagues throughout the world share the grief and loss,
as well as many fond memories of his friendship and achievements."

An avid CW operator, Bøe enjoyed experimenting with antennas. He was
also very active in his local Amateur Radio group in Horten, just
south of Oslo.


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