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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX011 (1999)

ARLX011 Charles J. "Chod" Harris, WB2CHO, SK

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 11  ARLX011
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 9, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX011 Charles J. ''Chod'' Harris, WB2CHO, SK

Former ARRL HQ staffer and CQ magazine DX columnist Charles J.
''Chod'' Harris, WB2CHO/VP2ML, of Santa Rosa, California, died
December 8 of complications from a severe heart attack he'd suffered
in early November. He was 50.

An ARRL Life Member, Harris was first licensed in the late 1960s. He
was an honor graduate of Princeton University and president of the
school's Amateur Radio club. Before coming to ARRL Headquarters, he
taught school in Watertown, Connecticut.

In the mid-1970s, Harris ran the ARRL Club and Training Department.
ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, said Harris'
tenure coincided with the League's response to the Citizens Band
craze. ''He faced the challenge of absorbing into our ranks the
refugees of the CB boom,'' Sumner recalled. ''He poured enormous
energy and creativity into the task.'' ARRL Field and Educational
Services Manager Rosalie White, WA1STO, remembered Harris as ''a
vibrant force, with a lot of new ideas for recruitment and

Harris also helped to author the beginner's classic Tune in the
World with Ham Radio, among other publications. He also wrote
numerous articles for QST and other publications over the years and
once published several DX bulletins.

An active contester and DXer, Harris had operated from several
exotic locations. He obtained VP2ML while living on the island of
Montserrat in the late 1970s and early 1980s before moving to

Harris also served as an International Amateur Radio Union Region 2
Conference delegate from Montserrat, most recently in 1995 at
Niagara Falls, Canada, where he chaired the HF Committee.

Harris took over as CQ DX Editor in July 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Jean, whom he met while working at ARRL

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 10, 3 PM, at
Lafferty  Smith Colonial Chapel, 4321 Sonoma Hwy (Route 12), Santa
Rosa, California 95409.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to
the American Heart Association or to the Northern California DX
Foundation. Friends may write the Harris family at 3201 Franz Valley
Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.


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