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Harry Dannals, W2HD

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  1. KX1W

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    Harry Dannals, W2HD, past president of ARRL and QCWA, passed away this afternoon in Charlottesville, VA at age 95.
  2. K3XR

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    Harry was also the President of the ARRL from 1972 to 1982.
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    ARLX008 ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD (SK)

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    Special Bulletin 8 ARLX008
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 2, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    ARLX008 ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD (SK)

    Harry Dannals, W2HD, President Emeritus of ARRL The National
    Association for Amateur Radio, died on August 30. He lived in
    Charlottesville, Virginia. In April, Dannals celebrated his 95th
    birthday and over 80 years of involvement in amateur radio. He
    served as ARRL President for 10 years, from 1972 - 1982, and his
    President Emeritus status was conferred in 1984. He was also an ARRL
    Life Member.

    In an interview, Dannals said that when he was 10 years old, he
    practiced Morse code with his best friend and was able to master 50
    - 60 words per minute.

    Dannals served in the Navy after graduating from Balboa High School
    in the former Canal Zone on the isthmus of Panama, where his father
    was Officer in Charge of a radio receiving site. Eventually, Dannals
    himself would become the supervisor of more than 20 radiomen and
    support personnel. He was discharged in mid-1946 and attended
    Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic Institute of New
    York University), where he prepared for his amateur radio license.

    In writings shared by one of his children, Dannals wrote, "I found a
    way to prepare for my amateur license by doing a research paper for
    an English class using amateur radio as a resource. Among my
    references was the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) Radio
    Amateur's Handbook with the latest ARRL license manual on the side.
    It worked, and my call sign, W2TUK, was received that year with a
    great deal of joy by me and my dad."

    After graduation from college in 1950, he went on to work for the
    Sperry Corporation, where he worked in radar and other engineering
    programs. "During almost 40 years of my employment there, the
    company provided a club station, W2YKQ, which was on the air during
    lunch periods, a fact that made the more than 200 ham radio
    operators that worked at Sperry very happy," wrote Dannals.

    While at Sperry, he met his future wife, Kay, and they were married
    for over 60 years. Dannals lived in Dix Hills, New York, prior to
    his retirement to Charlottesville, Virginia, in the early 1990s.

    Dannals volunteered for several appointments in the ARRL Field
    Organization: Official Relay Station (ORS); Official Phone Station
    (OPS); Official Observer (OO), and Emergency Coordinator (EC). He
    held elected positions as Section Communications Manager (SCM), Vice
    Director, and Director of the ARRL Hudson Division. He was elected
    President by the ARRL Board in 1972, and served for five two-year
    terms. During his office, he traveled extensively to help represent
    ARRL -- visiting all 50 states, the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Canada,
    Mexico, Chile, Peru, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom.
    International travel fulfilled his role as US Representative to
    Region II of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

    Dannals recounted that during his presidency, preparations were made
    for the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) of 1979.
    Through the efforts of ARRL staff, volunteers, and the FCC, the
    conference led to the worldwide allocation of the 30, 17, and
    12-meter bands (the WARC Bands).

    "Without question, the time devoted to ARRL matters, working with
    the very capable and dedicated staff, and my association with the
    board of directors was a wonderful experience," wrote Dannals. "Each
    year was punctuated by new developments for ham radio. A volume of
    great memories will never be forgotten."

    "Since the time that he was President of ARRL, I always called him
    'Prez.' And Prez would enjoy chatting about all of the wonderful
    people at Headquarters," said his son, Bob Dannals, W2GG, in a
    remembrance he shared with ARRL. "My dad considered each ham that he
    met to be a member of his extended family. He cared greatly and
    fought mightily for all hams in his administrative roles with ARRL.
    He would say that we are all members of the worldwide community that
    started with Marconi and continued with Hiram Percy Maxim. It's a
    wonderful legacy and I'm happy that he shared it with me (and
    everyone else he met)."

    Dannals was the oldest member of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club,
    an ARRL Special Service Club. In 2018, Dannals received a visit from
    ARRL Roanoke Division Director Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, and Vice Director
    Bill Morine, N2COP, who presented him with the Roanoke Division
    Award for his dedicated leadership to all amateur radio operators.

    Dannals was also President Emeritus of the Quarter Century Wireless
    Association (QCWA), having served as President of the QCWA from 1989
    to 1994. In 2016, Dannals was honored by QCWA for his 70 years as a
    radio amateur. In comments about the honor bestowed on him, Kay
    Craigie, N3KN, who was ARRL President from 2010 - 2016, said that
    Dannals set an example of "cheerfulness and enthusiasm, and
    friendliness to all hams, whether they qualify for QCWA twice over
    or are so new that they haven't memorized their call signs yet."

    A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 10 AM ET
    at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive,
    Charlottesville, Virginia, followed by a church service at 11 AM ET.
    Interment will be at Holly Memorial Gardens.

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  5. K2HAT

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    Harry J. Dannals, W2HD SK



    Harry J. Dannals, 95, originally of New York, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Catherine "Kay" A. Dannals, of Charlottesville, Virginia.
    He is survived by his younger brother, Frank Dannals and his wife, Linda, of Sumter, South Carolina; his four children, Dr. Robert Dannals and wife, Donna, of Sparks, Maryland, Patricia Dannals Jennings and husband, Douglas, of Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Thomas Dannals and wife, Elizabeth, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Mary Dannals Johnson and husband, Peter Johnson, of Smithtown, New York; as well as by 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
    As a child, Harry moved frequently following his father's assignments in the United States Navy. He graduated from Balboa High School in the Canal Zone, now Panama, where he remained as a Navy radioman when his family was reassigned. At age eighteen, he became the youngest Watch Supervisor at Radio Balboa, a Naval relay radio station involved in signals intelligence during World War II. Harry would eventually retire from the Naval Reserve in 1987, with rank of Commander. After his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Harry enrolled at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. While in college, his fascination with radio communication led him to becoming a respected, licensed amateur radio operator (ham) with the callsign W2TUK, and later, W2HD, by which he was known worldwide. Upon his graduation in 1950, Harry became an engineer at Sperry Corporation in Lake Success, N.Y., where he worked for almost 40 years. While at Sperry, he met his future wife, Kay Comtess, and they were married for over 60 years. Harry and Kay moved from New York to Sperry's operations in Charlottesville, Va., in the early 1990s, where he remained once retired.
    Harry was deeply involved in ham radio, passing his enthusiasm to his sons and scores of others. He held many positions with the national association for amateur radio, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), culminating in his being ARRL's longest serving president (1972-1982). Representing the organization, he visited all fifty states, with additional trips to England, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Canada. Along with the staff at the ARRL, Harry was devoted to defending, expanding, and maintaining the ham radio frequency spectrum.
    In 1989, Harry was elected president of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA), becoming the only person to have been president of both the ARRL and QCWA. At the time of his passing, he maintained emeritus status in both organizations.
    He was an active member of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club, initiating and participating in many of the club's community activities. Along with his wife, Kay, Harry was an avid supporter of all University of Virginia sports, particularly the women's basketball team.
    A gentle man and a gentleman, Harry embodied commitment to a simple life of service to country and community and through radio, to spread the message of peace and unity throughout the world.
    Harry's family wishes to express their gratitude to Bob Pattison, David Schmitt, Lettie Bien, and the staff at Our Lady of Peace.

    Services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive in Charlottesville, beginning at 10 a.m. (Visitation), and 11 a.m. (Mass).
    Gravesite interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, 3251 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions in Harry's name can be made to ARRL ( ),
    QCWA ( or the Charlottesville Regional SPCA ( ).

    Published by Daily Progress from Sep. 10 to Sep. 24, 2022.
  6. DJ0AJ

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