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The ARRL Letter, June 13, 2019

The ARRL Letter
June 13, 2019

Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor

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  • Paul Bourque, N1SFE, Joins ARRL Headquarters Staff as Contest Program Manager
  • Rick Murphy, K1MU, to Receive ARRL President’s Award
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  • The K7RA Solar Update
  • Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • QRZ Institutes Password Security, Seller Verification Programs
  • WSJT-X Developer Posts Observations on Using FT8 in June VHF Contest
  • Wireless Power Transmission Prompts Discussion in ITU-R Study Group
  • Proposed WRC-23 Agenda Items Causing Concern
  • In Brief…
  • Getting It Right
  • Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

Paul Bourque, N1SFE, Joins ARRL Headquarters Staff as Contest Program Manager

Paul Bourque, N1SFE, of Middletown, Connecticut, has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Contest Program Manager. He succeeds Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, who recently was promoted to the post of ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager. Licensed since 1994, Bourque’s interest in radio began when, as a youngster, he listened for distant AM stations, and he later developed a career involving various aspects of broadcasting.

“Originally, I wanted to be a DJ, but I ended up being drawn to the technical/engineering side of the radio business,” Bourque said. His journey into Amateur Radio started during his time as the host of an overnight free-form rock music show at WWUH Radio at the University of Hartford, and the station’s general manager, John Ramsey, W1JNR, pushed him to get his license.

Because being an Amateur Radio operator had opened several professional doors for him, Bourque said, “The opportunity to give back to this hobby as Contest Program Manager really appealed to me.”

Bourque, who grew up in Newington, remarked that working at ARRL Headquarters “is like coming home.” In his early years as a radio amateur, he was more of a casual contester, and it “was about making contacts,” he conceded. Today, though, he has become passionate about getting people active and on the air. As Contest Program Manager, Bourque wants to find ways to get newer hams into contesting, and to dispel the idea that you need tons of equipment to participate.

Bourque’s other interests include cooking, astronomy, photography, and meteorology.

Rick Murphy, K1MU, to Receive ARRL President’s Award

At its May 20 meeting in Dayton, Ohio, the ARRL Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Board of Directors, conferred the prestigious ARRL President’s Award on Rick Murphy, K1MU, one of the unsung heroes of Logbook of The World (LoTW). The President’s Award recognizes individuals showing long-term dedication in support of ARRL programs. Murphy was credited for his work to upgrade and improve the LoTW TQSL software to help users more easily and successfully use LoTW. Murphy was cited for single-handedly rewriting TQSL to make it accessible to those with limited vision, to display information in languages other than English (more than 10 so far), and for providing consistent online support to users.

“Rick is richly deserving of this honor for his efforts to make the TQSL application and Logbook of The World more accessible to all users,” said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “Rick Murphy embodies the spirit of unselfish volunteerism that represents the best of Amateur Radio.”

An information security professional, Murphy, who lives in Annandale, Virginia, is coauthor (with Rickland D. Hollar) of the book Enterprise Web Services Security. He’s a volunteer Incoming QSL Bureau card sorter for the 3rd call district and a past president of the National Capital DX Association.

The President’s Award plaque, to be presented at a later date, bears the likeness of ARRL’s cofounder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW.

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