Jahnke, K1DAJ (SK)
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Special Bulletin 9 ARLX009
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 21, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB SPCL ARL ARLX009
ARLX009 ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ (SK)
ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, of Colchester,
Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness. She was 66 and
had been on the ARRL Headquarters staff for nearly 40 years,
starting as a file clerk. She went on to serve as Deputy Circulation
Manager, Circulation Manager, Publication Sales and Warehouse
Manager, and as Business Services Manager (including Advertising).
She met her husband of 31 years, ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart
Jahnke, W9JJ, at Headquarters.
"This is a tremendous loss for the ARRL," said ARRL CEO Barry
Shelley, N1VXY. "Those of us who knew Deb will miss her remarkable
spirit and direct approach to both the work of the ARRL and life.
Deb loved the outdoors, including sharing time with family in her
flower garden, and with their dogs and her rescue horses."
She enjoyed the fall foliage, and one of her favorite places to
visit was Harkness Memorial State Park on the Connecticut shoreline
For many years, she was a fixture at Hamvention(r) and at other
major Amateur Radio shows, organizing and overseeing the operation
of ARRL's exhibit and store. Deb Jahnke attended Newington High
School and Central Connecticut State University.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by their daughters
Samantha and Ashley. No public services are planned at this time.
The family has requested that contributions be made in Debra
Jahnke's name to the American Cancer Society, the Shriners Hospitals
for Children, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Friends may
leave remembrances on the Belmont Funeral Home site at,