ARRL Southwestern Division Special Notices

SW Division

Art Goddard, W6XD - SK

Saturday, February 13, 2021 - Director Norton, N6AA, posted the following announcement on the Southern California Contest Club Reflector:

"With great sadness, it must be reported that former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, passed away from complications of cancer at age 78 on Saturday, February 13.

Art was first licensed as KN1AII in 1956, soon upgrading to K1AII, and later became W0MOQ. He was an electrical engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Montana State University. Art worked at Collins Radio, which became part of North American Rockwell, and eventually Boeing, where he retired as an executive.

After a number of years of working with Southern California governments on proposed antenna regulation ordinances, Art was elected ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director in 1995 and served two terms before being elected Director in 2001. After his term as Director, he continued to follow League affairs and advocate for stronger public-relations efforts on behalf of Amateur Radio.

Art was active on the air from HF through microwaves. A member of the Southern California Contest Club, he took part in contest DXpeditions to locations ranging from sub-arctic to tropical, operating the CQWW DX contest in twenty-six of the forty WAZ zones. He also led teams of VHF-UHF-Microwave contest rovers that typically ran ten or more bands and covered close to a thousand miles in a weekend.

Art was heavily involved with the Costa Mesa Historical Society and was co-author of two books on Costa Mesa history. Art is survived by his wife Mary Ellen, son Andrew, and daughter Amy, W6XDX. Services will take place at an undetermined future date."