RIP George, a gentleman on and off the air. Pete, KZ1Z
From: Alexander Cohen [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 9:49 PM
Subject: SK W1NJM, NARL's First President
It is my sad mission to inform you that George Hart W1NJM passed away Sunday at 99 in Avery Heights.
He was NARL's (Newington Amateur Radio League) first president, founder of the National Traffic System (NTS) and other accomplishments.
He went quickly and quietly in the morning as he was getting up for the day.
May he rest in peace..
Please inform all concerned.
The family is making plans for a memorial service at Avery at the end of April.
CQ Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
"George Hart, W1NJM -- Former ARRL Communications Manager; chief developer of the National Traffic System. In 2009, the ARRL introduced the George Hart Distinguished Service Award, given to an ARRL member whose service to the League's Field Organization is of the most exemplary nature."
From the ARRL Letter, January 21, 2010
The ARRL Board of Directors had the pleasure and distinction of bestowing two annual awards at its 2010 Annual Meeting -- the inaugural George Hart Distinguished Service Award and the Bill Leonard, W2SKE, Professional Media Award.
The George Hart Distinguished Service Award
Named for longtime ARRL Communications Manager George Hart, W1NJM, this award was established by the Board at its 2009 Second Meeting. Hart was also the chief developer of the National Traffic System (NTS). It is conferred upon an ARRL member whose service to the League's Field Organization is of the most exemplary nature. Selection criteria include the nominee's operating record with the National Traffic System, participation within the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), or station appointments and/or leadership positions held within the ARRL Field Organization.
From the ARRL Letter, November 14, 2003
Former HQ staffer George Hart, W1NJM, turns 90: Retired ARRL Communications Manager George Hart, W1NJM, celebrated his 90th birthday November 1. A Charter Life Member of the League, Hart spent four decades as a member of the ARRL Headquarters staff and continues to be an active amateur and regular participant in Field Day as a member of the Newington Amateur Radio League. First licensed in 1929 as W3AMR in Pennsylvania, he began his ARRL career in 1938 as a second operator at the then-new W1AW Maxim Memorial Station. He spent two years in the US Army during World War II, during which the government silenced Amateur Radio, and he retired in 1978 as communications manager. Hart has contributed hundreds of articles to QST over the years.