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N1II is 2004 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award Winner:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 24, No 09 on March 4, 2005
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N1II is 2004 Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award Winner:

The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has selected Paul Danzer, N1II, as the 2004 recipient of the Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award. Acting upon a recommendation from the QST editorial staff, the Foundation Board recognized Danzer for his article "Open Wire Feed Line--A Second Look," which appeared in the April 2004 edition of QST (p 34).

"I am surprised and proud to be named in the same sentence as Bill Orr, who was a major contributor to the ARRL goal of providing practical technology to radio amateurs around the world," Danzer reacted. "I am grateful that the editors of QST have allowed me to make a small contribution toward that goal."

QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, noted that the award pays tribute to the winning author's ability to explain technical topics in a manner that is easy for relatively non-technical people to understand. "I believe Paul's article was a well-done explanation of balanced feed lines," he added. Danzer's article concluded that "with a little care," open-wire feed lines can allow using one dipole on many bands.

A resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, Danzer is a former ARRL Headquarters staff member and served as a book editor for several years, during which he wrote the ARRL books Your Ham Antenna Companion and co-authored PCs in the Ham Shack.

First licensed in 1953, Danzer says Amateur radio played a large part in his 30-plus year career as an engineer. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and is a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Danzer authored one of the first children's books on computers in 1981, A Young Person's Guide to Computers. He is also the author of more than 200 magazine articles on Amateur Radio and computers and holds 11 patents. He is currently a professor of computer science at Housatonic Community College in Connecticut.

The award's namesake, Bill Orr, was best known for his voluminous publications for radio amateurs, including such reference gems as The Radio Handbook, The Beam Antenna Handbook, The Quad Antenna Handbook, The VHF-UHF Manual and The W6SAI HF Antenna Handbook, some written in collaboration with Stu Cowan, W2LX. From the 1940s through the 1980s, Orr was a frequent contributor to QST, for which he authored dozens of articles, tips and pieces of correspondence. Additionally, Orr constructed some of the amplifiers once used at ARRL Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. He died in 2001.


The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 09 March 4, 2005

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by KB3JZG on March 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
To bad the ARRL doesnt use its monthly magazine to actually treat hams to more tech articles instead of sending us a "catalog".
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