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Paul Pagel, N1FB Retires from ARRL

from ARRL Letter / ARRL on April 22, 2001
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ARRL Headquarters staff member and well-known QST technical editor Paul Pagel, N1FB, has retired. Pagel, who turned 63 this month, was on the HQ staff for nearly 22 years. In his capacity as a senior assistant technical editor, Pagel prepared much of QST's technical content for publication. He also handled the popular "Technical Correspondence" column.

Outgoing QST editor Mark Wilson, K1RO, who's now ARRL's chief operating officer, says the QST editorial team won't be the same without Paul Pagel. "He's helped countless authors polish their articles for the magazine," Wilson said. "He also helped train a number of ARRL technical editors over the years--including me. I still remember Paul's patient advice and guidance as I worked on my first articles for the magazine. We'll miss him."

A ham since 1958--when he went from ground zero to Conditional class (K1KXA) in one leap--Pagel says he can't remember when he was not interested in Amateur Radio. Growing up in New Britain, Connecticut, he taught himself the Morse code at age 16. "I got a J-38 key for $1 at a rundown radio-TV shop," he said, "and I learned the Morse code by listening to the clicks of the key, because I didn't have a code oscillator." This gave him a leg up when he joined the Air Force right out of high school and became a ground radio operator in Germany. While overseas, he also met his wife, Karin. The couple now lives in Enfield, Connecticut. Their son, Eric, is a police officer. Following the service, Pagel went to the FCC office in Boston one day and upgraded all the way to Amateur Extra in a single sitting. After graduation from Ward School of Electronics in Hartford, he went to work for IBM.

Prior to coming to work in the old Technical Department at ARRL, Pagel spent 12 years as an engineer at WWLP-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts. He learned of that opening from a fellow ham. Pagel said that making the jump from his TV job to ARRL in June 1979 meant "a huge cut in pay," but writing and editing in a ham radio environment were what he'd always wanted to do.

"I immediately took over the 'Product Review' column," he said. "That was scary!" He cites as one of his major contributions convincing then-ARRL General Manager Dick Baldwin, W1RU, to purchase state-of-the-art test gear for the ARRL Lab to conduct routine evaluations of new Amateur Radio products. "That was the turning point for 'Product Review'," he said.

Over the years, Pagel has enjoyed several facets of hamming, including CW--his first love--AM, SSB, RTTY and weather satellites. During his ARRL tenure, he collaborated with ARRL Technical Advisor Ralph Taggart, WB8DQT, on the first edition of the Weather Satellite Handbook. He also enjoyed building his own gear. An ARRL Life Member, Pagel said he hopes to get back into the hobby, now that he has more time and isn't involved with it professionally.

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Paul Pagel, N1FB Retires from ARRL  
by K2UA on April 26, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Paul was my boss at ARRL for 6 years. He's a good man, and the League will never be able to replace him!
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