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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX011 (2003)

ARLX011 Joe T. Knight, W5PDY, SK

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 11  ARLX011
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  December 31, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX011 Joe T. Knight, W5PDY, SK

Former ARRL New Mexico Section Manager Joe Knight, W5PDY, of
Albuquerque died December 28. He was 76. Until he stepped down last
July after his health began to fail, Knight had provided leadership
to the New Mexico Section for nearly 27 years--longer than any of
his peers. ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, called Knight an
exemplary amateur and volunteer and said he was saddened to said to
learn of his passing.

"You couldn't ask for anybody who was more dedicated to Amateur
Radio and to the League than Joe Knight," Haynie said. "He was the
consummate ham."

An ARRL Life Member, Knight had belonged to the League for 55 years.
For several years through 2002, Knight was a regular participant at
the New Section Manager workshops each fall, at which he would share
the wealth of expertise derived from his many years of leadership

Knight was the subject and chief narrator of an article, "The
Luckiest Man Alive," which appeared in the January 2003 issue of
QST. It was during Knight's tenure as SM that New Mexico amateurs
were able to convince state lawmakers to pass The Emergency
Communication Preservation Act--an Amateur Radio antenna bill that
was signed into law in 2002. Knight also was at the helm as amateurs
in New Mexico assisted in response and relief efforts during
devastating wildfires in 2000 and in 2002.

In July, the ARRL Board of Directors created the Knight
Distinguished Service Award and named Knight as its inaugural
recipient. The award honors "exceptionally notable contributions" to
the health and vitality of the League by an SM.

In addition to his lengthy service as New Mexico's SM, Knight was a
past president and long-time member of the Upper Rio FM Society. He
also belonged to the Albuquerque Amateur Radio Club, the Albuquerque
DX Association and the A1 Operator Club, and he served on the board
of the Duke City Hamfest.

Survivors include his wife, Lois, KC5CXO, who often accompanied
Knight on his hamfest and convention visits and was a tireless
recruiter for new ARRL members.

A family visitation will be held Thursday, January 1, 2-4 PM, at
French Mortuary, University Boulevard, Albuquerque. A memorial
service is set for January 2, 2 PM, Central United Methodist Church,
1615 Copper NE, Albuquerque.

The family has invited contributions in Knight's memory to the
Knight Distinguished Service Award or to the ARRL Foundation
Scholarship Fund. Memorials may be made to either fund on the ARRL
Memorial Gifts Web page at,, or to ARRL, 225 Main
St, Newington CT 06111-1494.


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