NZART Honorary Life Member Fred Johnson MNZM, ZL2AMJ, fell Silent Key last Thursday the 23rd of July
Fred obtained his Amateur Radio Licence in 1950 and gave many years service to Amateur Radio as an NZART Councillor, NZART President and NZART Administration Liaison Officer.
Fred was also a prolific writer of technical articles for Break-In; the most well know being the Tucker-tins and the Climie and Alivo transceivers.
He was an amateur service representative on official New Zealand delegations to ITU conferences.
He became a Director of IARU Region 3 in 1985. In 1994 he was elected for his fourth consecutive term as a director and chosen by his four fellow directors to be NZ's first chairman of IARU Region 3 Association.
ZL2AMJ's IARU involvement did not stop at the regional level; in 1987 he became the first New Zealander to be appointed to the IARU's governing body, the 9 member Administrative Council.
Fred ZL2AMJ was made an Honorary Life member of NZART in 1985 in recognition of his distinguished services to amateur radio and NZART. He received national recognition in 2002 when the Queen's Birthday Honours announced that Fred Johnson, ZL2AMJ, had been admitted as a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to amateur radio.
Fred Johnson ZL2AMJ had passion, a wealth of experience and deep commitment to Amateur Radio. The Association expresses sympathy to Fred's Wife Marjorie and the Johnson family in their loss.
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