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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX008 (2009)

ARLX008 Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips, K8QOE (SK)

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 8  ARLX008
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 23, 2009
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX008 Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips, K8QOE (SK)

Joe Phillips, K8QOE, who served as ARRL Ohio Section Manager since
1998, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, June 20. He was

Licensed in 1959 as KN9SYL, Phillips first joined the ARRL Field
Organization as an Official Emergency Station (OES) in 1986. He
became a Public Information Officer in 1989 and has served as an
Official Observer (OO) since 1997. He was elected Ohio Section
Manager in 1998.

A graduate of Youngstown University, Phillips had a career as a
journalist and a teacher. He edited six separate ham radio
newsletters in Cincinnati before becoming Newsletter Editor for the
Ohio Area Repeater Council in 1984, a position he held for five

In 1986, Phillips organized the first Ohio Repeater Directory and in
1992, organized the Ohio Section Ham Radio Newsletter Contest.

He authored a weekly ham radio newspaper column in the Sunday
edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer called "Ham Call" and hosted a
similarly named program for cable television in the Cincinnati area.

In 1994, Phillips was elected to the Greater Cincinnati Amateur
Radio Hall of Fame, and in 1995, he was the recipient of the ARRL's
McGan Silver Antenna Award. This award is given annually to a League
member who demonstrates outstanding public relations success on
behalf Amateur Radio at the local, state or national level.

Phillips was excited about having his photo on the cover of the May
2009 issue of QST featuring the annual Dayton Hamvention.
"Throughout a 40-year friendship, Joe and I worked closely together
on many occasions," said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim
Weaver, K8JE. "From his early days of supporting the county
ARES/RACES unit and the Ohio Repeater Council, Joe has always
provided energetic and effective leadership with a friendly,
personal touch. The magnetism of his style of leadership drew the
best from others who soon became solid friends, not mere

ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N,
remembered Phillips fondly: "If you have been to Dayton you have met
and laughed with Joe. He was the master of the Wouff Hong ceremony.
His red jacket is the stuff of legend in Ohio.  Joe was more than a
Section Manager -- he really gave all of himself to ARRL for 20-plus
years. With him dies the last paper newsletter sent to section
membership. When I answered his phone calls, he announced his call
with 'Here's your Ohio Nightmare.' He loved baseball, maybe more
than I did. He was a good man, and he is really going to be missed."


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