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Larry Price induction ceremony into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in May 2016.

RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, Ed Frazer, VE7EF (former CARHOF Chair), inducting Larry E. Price, W4RA, into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Dayton Hamvention. Photo by Carole Eng.

Larry E. Price, W4RA, with Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame plaque.
Larry E. Price, W4RA, with Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame plaque.

Larry E. Price, W4RA,
Honorary Member of Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

As shown in the above photo, Larry Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia, was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame as an Honorary Member on Saturday, May 21 at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention by RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA and former CARHOF Chair Ed Frazer, VE7EF.

RAC awarded this honour to Larry for his many years of support to the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF), the Canadian Radio Relay League (CRRL) and to Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) during the years of merger negotiation which lead to the creation of RAC.

Larry’s contribution to RAC and to Amateur Radio internationally was considerable.

He served many years in several positions in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), becoming President from 1984 to 1992. As the ARRL Vice-President, he was a delegate to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and later served as its Secretary, Vice-President and President.

It is fitting for Larry Price, W4RA, to be the first Honorary Member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

For additional information on Larry’s achievements please see the information provided below which was featured in the March-April 2016 and July-August 2016 issues of The Canadian Amateur magazine. 

Larry E. Price, W4RA, appointed Honorary Member of Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

Prepared by Ed Frazer, VE7EF
Former Chair of Trustees for Hall of Fame

Following the nomination by the Board of Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada, the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is pleased to appoint Larry E. Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia as an Honorary Member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

The appointment is in recognition of Larry’s many years of support of Radio Amateurs of Canada and Amateur Radio in Canada.

Honorary appointments can only be initiated by the Directors of RAC. This is the first Honorary appointment in the history of RAC.

As President and later as President-Emeritus of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Larry was very generous with his time and advice in support of the leaders of the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF) and the Canadian Radio Relay League (CRRL) in their difficult negotiations toward the merger that created RAC in 1993. He not only attended both CARF and CRRL meetings, but he continued to visit and provide much advice to RAC for years after the merger. This precedent, set by Larry continues to the present day.

Larry also ensured that the RAC President, or his representative, was welcome at the ARRL Board and Annual General Meetings. During his earlier office as ARRL Vice-President International Affairs, Larry invited the opinions of respected Canadian Amateurs during critical radio debates at the World Radio Conferences of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been a tireless supporter of Canadian Amateur Radio interests for many years.

At the age of 16, Larry was one of the first to qualify for the Novice Amateur licence. He entered college to study Electrical Engineering (EE) and upon graduation, worked in test equipment design at Bendix Aviation.

Upon being drafted into the military, he put his EE degree, Amateur licence and knowledge of the Morse Code to good use in military special signals programs. Afterwards, he returned to university to earn the MBA and Ph.D in finance and banking. He later joined the Business Faculty of Georgia Southern University, became Department Head in Finance and Law, and then Emeritus Professor.

Larry has been active in Amateur Radio leadership roles for more than 30 years. He served as the ARRL President from 1984 until 1992 and as the President of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) from 1999 until 2009.

He attended numerous meetings of the ITU World Radio Conference and is credited with protecting Amateur Radio frequency allocations and the creation of new Amateur Radio LF bands, and the expansion of 40 metres in ITU Regions 1 and 3.

Larry has been recognized by many societies for his contribution to Amateur Radio. In 2014, he was named Dayton Hamvention’s Amateur of the Year and he was presented with the ARRL Medal of Honour at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Norwegian Radio Relay League appointed Larry as Knight of the Order of the Golden Key for his many years of service to the IARU, the ARRL and Amateur Radio in general. The Radio Society of Great Britain honoured him with its Calcutta Key for promoting international goodwill.

At the 2009 annual meeting of the International Amateur Radio Club, he was honoured with an ITU Certificate of Achievement by ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré, HB9EHT. In 2006, the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) elected Larry to its Hall of Fame.