In Tennessee, a professional tower climber installing a 70-foot tower for a local ham fell to his death when one of the guy wires gave way. According to the ARRL Letter, Ken Waddell was 30 years old and left behind a wife and five children. He was installing a tower for amateur Dale Darling, W9WBA, of Cookeville.
On the good news front, ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, has been re-elected to another term as Vice President for Standards of the IEEE's Electromagnetic Compatibility Society. The League says Hare's work for the society includes leading its standardization efforts and overseeing the work of various committees, in addition to making sure that amateur radio is represented in discussions and votes on establishing various standards.