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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX006 (2014)

ARLX006 Past ARRL General Manager, QST Editor John Huntoon, W1RW

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 6  ARLX006
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 3, 2014
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX006 Past ARRL General Manager, QST Editor John Huntoon, W1RW

John Huntoon, W1RW (ex-W1LVQ), of East Hartford, Connecticut, died
February 23. He was 97. Huntoon served as ARRL Secretary and General
Manager from 1961 until 1975. A Full Charter Life Member of ARRL, he
also was the Secretary of the International Amateur Radio Union and
Editor of QST. His oldest daughter, Susan Shipman, recalled that the
League was an important part of her father's life.

"As a child in the 40s and 50s I remember visiting the office at
LaSalle Road [in West Hartford] several times and then seeing the
new office in Newington later on of which he was very proud," she
said "His radio room at home was in my bedroom closet, and I spent
many a night as a child listening to him talking with fellow
operators all over the world."

Following his tenure as ARRL General Manager, Huntoon served from
1976 until 1980 as ARRL treasurer. He also was active in the Quarter
Century Wireless Association (QCWA) and was on its board of
directors. His daughter said he remained active in the QCWA until

An Illinois native, Huntoon got interested in radio and electronics
as a youngster and he obtained W9KJY in 1932, while he was still in
high school. Soon he was deeply involved in traffic handling and
becoming very proficient in radiotelegraphy. In 1936 he was elected
Illinois Section Communications Manager - the forerunner of the
Section Manager. He also served as Secretary of the Chicago Area
Radio Club Council.

After he helped run the 1938 ARRL National Convention in Chicago,
his organizational qualities caught the attention of ARRL staffers.
This resulted in his becoming an Assistant Secretary of the ARRL in
1939. Huntoon developed the basic material for Learning the
Radiotelegraph Code and became acting Communications Manager at the
League after F.E. Handy, W1BDI, entered World War II service. In
1942, he took his own leave of absence from Headquarters for World
War II service in the US Coast Guard, where he was a chief radioman.

Upon his return to Headquarters following the war, Huntoon was
introduced to the international ham radio scene, attending the 1949
Inter-American Radio Conference and the 1959 Administrative Radio
Conference in Geneva. In 1956 he became ARRL Assistant General

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, said, "John was General Manager when I
first joined the ARRL staff. At the time it seemed to me that he
could do every job in the building - and that he sometimes did."

In addition to Amateur Radio, Huntoon, in his younger years, enjoyed
beekeeping and was a self-described "gentleman farmer" as well as an
amateur astronomer and telescope builder.

Huntoon and his wife, Pat, had three daughters. Pat Huntoon died in


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