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Retiring IARU Secretary honoured

Date : 14 / 10 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has awarded the outgoing IARU Secretary Rod Stafford W6ROD, with the Michael J. Owen Memorial Award.
The Owen Award is named after Michael VK3KI (sk) who died in 2012 while serving the IARU Region 3 as its chair and being President of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA).

He may be best remembered for his WRC-03 work on Article 25 - a package of revisions to the international Radio Regulations specific to the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services. His career of involvement began in the early 1960s.
Presenting the award at a dinner on the opening day of the IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Chile was IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA. Obviously surprised, Rod W6ROD was very grateful for being considered worthy of the honour describing Michael VK3KI as well remembered, and himself an example of dedication to the interest of our hobby. The Owen Award is bestowed upon an individual with “an outstanding trajectory of service to Amateur Radio,” IARU Region 2 said, in announcing Stafford as the award’s recipient.

Although Rod Stafford is stepping down as IARU Secretary, he will continue to represent the IARU to the ITU Development Sector. The former American Radio Relay League (ARRL) President, has been in several IARU Region 2 capacities and the IARU Secretary since 2009. David Sumner K1ZZ, will now be the IARU Secretary, a post he has held previously. He retired earlier this year as ARRL CEO.


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