Riley Hollinsgworth, K4ZDH, to be CQ Columnist

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Riley Hollinsgworth, K4ZDH, to be CQ Columnist

    Retired FCC amateur radio enforcement chief Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, has been named a CQ magazine contributing editor, it was announced today by CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. Hollingsworth will succeed "Washington Readout" editor Fred Maia, W5YI, who recently became a Silent Key.

    Hollingsworth, a ham since 1960 and a longtime FCC attorney, became a household name in amateur radio in 1998 when he was named Special Counsel for Amateur Radio in the Commission's newly-created Enforcement Bureau. His highly-visible enforcement actions were cheered by a vast majority of the amateur community after more than a decade during which FCC enforcement on the ham bands was virtually non-existent. Hollingsworth retired from the FCC in 2008, but has continued to be in demand as a speaker at hamfests and radio club meetings.

    His new monthly column - to be titled "Riley's Ramblings" - will incorporate "Washington Readout's" coverage of legislative and administrative actions that affect amateur radio, as well as additional topics of importance and/or interest to CQ's readers, all related in the distinctive common-sense style that has made Riley a sought-after speaker. His first column will appear in the July, 2012, issue of CQ, and will explain why ongoing FCC enforcement actions since his retirement have been somewhat "under the radar."

    "We are pleased and honored to have Riley joining our staff," said Moseson. "His stature in the amateur radio community is second-to-none, and his ability to explain sometimes-arcane legal and regulatory language in plain English fits right in with CQ's long-standing dedication to providing practical, useful information for our readers to help them get the most enjoyment possible out of the amateur radio hobby. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship."

    "I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to CQ and to amateur radio generally," noted Hollingsworth. "As a 13-year-old Novice in South Carolina nervously making my first contact with an overheated Johnson Challenger and a barely effective vertical, not in my wildest imagination did I think I would be writing for a ham radio magazine someday. I am very appreciative of this offer and I hope I can be a valuable asset to the magazine."

    Hollingsworth holds a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and a law degree from Wake Forest University. He lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Pat.

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  2. WB2JKJ

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    Simply a perfect addition to an already GREAT publication. All of us here at "22 Crew" HQ look forward to reading every word every month.
  3. N4UED

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    He was great with the fcc .
    One evening i sent him an e-mail with a question .
    In about 15 min he replied .
    I do not think you will find any other government official that would be that prompt .
    Chuck , n4ued
  4. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is a real bonus for CQ Magazine. While no longer an "official" voice for the FCC, he will be an important source of information concerning Amateur Radio issues.
    I saw him as just another government bureaucrat until I attended one of his sessions at a past ARRL SW Convention. He has a true passion FOR Amateur Radio, and in his official capacity, couldn't always respond as we wanted, or as quickly as we wanted, on Amateur Radio violations. He had a lot more responsibility and duty to more than just Amateur Radio, and for that, I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude. He faced many years of neglected enforcement from the FCC, and (unfortunately,) the FCC still hasn't "caught up." One small step... But Riley brought the FCC back into the right direction concerning enforcement.
  5. WX4O

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    This is great! What a wealth of knowledge and experience.
  6. NY7Q

    NY7Q Guest

    I believe he can do more for enforcement with a pen than with the FCC.
    Maybe he will induce action against ops on14.313 and the Pueblo Colorado radical on 3.868..
  7. N5JLW

    N5JLW Guest

    That's great news that Riley will be joining the staff of CQ magazine! I'm sure he will be a great fit and I look forward to reading his column each month. Looks like I'll have to spring for a subscription to CQ now...
  8. KD6IFG

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    Ummm... G4TUT, check spelling "Hollinsgworth"......

    Great news with this announcement.....

  9. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's just a "tpyo". ;)
  10. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is that in any way relay ted to a tpyograficull air err? My spell checkair keeps informing me or air errs, two. Dagn kumpewturs, anywhoo..
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