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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX010 (2023)

ARLX010 Dave Coons, WT8W, Former ARRL Great Lakes Division Director

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Special Bulletin 10  ARLX010
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 7, 2023
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX010 Dave Coons, WT8W, Former ARRL Great Lakes Division Director

David "Dave" Lee Coons, WT8W, former Director of the ARRL Great
Lakes Division, passed away on September 2, 2023, at the age of 92.
Coons joined ARRL in 1963 and was a member of the ARRL Diamond Club.

According to the obituary published in the Dayton Daily News, Coons
was a disabled veteran of the United States Navy, having served
during the Korean War. He retired from his role as postmaster of the
Miamisburg, Ohio, post office after 37 years with the United States
Postal Service.

Coons served in numerous volunteer roles within amateur radio,
including Vice Director of the ARRL Great Lakes Division from 1996 -
1998 and Director from 1998 - 2000. He was a Volunteer Examiner
through the ARRL VEC.

Coons was active in leadership of the Dayton Amateur Radio
Association (DARA), where he served as President, Vice President,
and Secretary at different times. He served as Chairman of the
Dayton Hamvention Flea Market Committee and on the Communications
Committee. He was also active in the Clark County Amateur Radio
Association (CLARA), which honored him as the winner of the Frank J.
Kirkpatrick Memorial Award in 1993 for services that went above and

Federal Aviation Administration records show Coons was an Instrument
Rated private pilot. According to his obituary, Coons was involved
with maintenance at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport.


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