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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX012 (2023)

ARLX012 Former ARRL Oregon Section Manager John Core, KX7YT (SK)

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Special Bulletin 12  ARLX012
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 11, 2023
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX012 Former ARRL Oregon Section Manager John Core, KX7YT (SK)

ARRL is sad to announce that John Core, KX7YT, Section Manager of
the ARRL Oregon Section from 2016 - 2018, passed away suddenly on
August 11, 2023. He was 80 years young.

John first earned his Novice-class license in 1970 with the call
sign WN7PQL. He subsequently upgraded to his General-class license
in 1971 with the call sign WA7PQL, his Advanced-class license in
1976, and finally, to his Amateur Extra-class license in 2000 with
the call sign KX7YT. While involved in consulting work abroad from
1998 - 2006, he was licensed in Bangladesh as S21YV and later
licensed in India as VU3DXY. Most recently, John was active in the
Department of Homeland Security CISA SHARES program as NNB0EC.

John was a passionate DX hound and contester. He was an active
member of the Willamette Valley DX Club and a huge Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES) activist for Oregon amateurs. As the ARRL
Oregon Section Manager, he was instrumental in coordinating Oregon
ARES operations during the Cascadia Rising Simulated Emergency Test
(SET) in 2016, which was a multi-state and multi-jurisdictional
simulation of the anticipated catastrophic Pacific coast subduction
zone 9.0-magnitude earthquake. John wrote an article for QST that
was published shortly afterward, highlighting the SET results. In
all, John penned no less than five articles for QST between 2001 and
2016, mostly related to Oregon ARES activities and his experiences
operating in Bangladesh.

In 2017 - 2018, John worked with his ARES leadership team to produce
a set of standardized statewide ARES Amateur Radio Operator (ARO)
training materials that were used for many years. He was also
instrumental in establishing a special website to enable amateurs
across the state to receive their ARO training virtually.

During his tenure as Section Manager, John was a key part in
ensuring reasonable amateur radio legislation related to distracted
driving laws that were under consideration in Oregon. He provided
expert testimony before several legislative committees, which
resulted in a positive outcome for Oregon amateurs.

Among the many tributes from hams that knew him, one from the State
Communications Officer for the Oregon Department of Emergency
Management (ODEM) Doug Jimenez, W7DMJ, stands out:

"I met John many years ago, while he was the ARRL Section Manager
for Oregon. He was a good friend and volunteer for ODEM. One of his
recent projects [had] been [to coordinate the] setup of VARA FM
digipeaters to ensure contact between ODEM and the north coast of
Oregon in the event of disaster. I really enjoyed working with John
and learning new things from him. This is a huge loss to the
community. He will be missed."


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