Re: ARLX015 ARRL Author, QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR (SK)

George N2APB

Indeed sad day for the ham community. I also knew Joel through hamfests and the fondness of old boatanchors we shared. He authored a massive photo book of such vintage radios that I still greatly enjoy to this day.

George N2APB

On Nov 30, 2021, at 3:22 PM, David Andrews <n1esk1@...> wrote:

A sad day for amateur radio. I had the honor of knowing Joel Hallas; he was
a gentleman of the highest order. Full of technical knowledge, he enjoyed
sharing his wisdom with all, and will be deeply missed.

David Andrews, N1ESK

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ARLX015 ARRL Author, QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR (SK)

Special Bulletin 15 ARLX015
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT November 30, 2021
To all radio amateurs

ARLX015 ARRL Author, QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR (SK)

Retired QST Technical Editor Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR, of Westport, Connecticut,
died on November 25. An ARRL member, he was 79. Hallas retired in 2013 but
remained active as a contributing editor, handling the popular "The Doctor
is In" column in QST and the podcast of the same name. He had been a radio
amateur since 1955.

"Joel was not only brilliant, he shared that brilliance with the ham radio
community in a way that taught innumerable hams things they needed to know
in order to experience success and enjoyment," said ARRL Publications and
Editorial Department Manager Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. "He was a fine mind, a
generous mentor and colleague, and a consummate gentleman. He will be

Retired ARRL Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY, recalled Hallas as "an
iconic figure in amateur radio media as a prolific author of QST articles
and ARRL books, and even in the audio podcast community. I greatly enjoyed
being Joel's sidekick for the popular 'Doctor is In' podcasts. He had a wry
sense of humor both on and off the microphone and a remarkably stoic
attitude toward the illness that would eventually claim his life."

Hallas authored six books about communications technology, published by
ARRL. His titles include Basic Radio; Basic Antennas; The ARRL Guide to
Antenna Tuners; Hamspeak; The Care and Feeding of Transmission Lines;
Understanding Your Antenna Analyzer, and The Radio Amateur's Workshop.

Hallas earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University
of Connecticut and an MSEE from Northeastern University.
He previously had worked for Raytheon as a radar systems engineer and for
GTE as a nuclear weapons effects (electromagnetic pulse) analyst and as a
satellite and terrestrial communications systems engineer, as well as for
IBM and AT&T. He also taught at the college level.

He enjoyed sailing, as described in the July 2009 issue of QST. He and his
24-foot sloop Windfall - fully equipped with a ham station that used the
insulated backstay as an HF antenna - graced the front cover.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nancy, W1NCY.

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