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Richard Tell, K5UJU, Receives IEEE SA Lifetime Achievement Award


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE SA) Awards and Recognition Committee has selected ARRL Member Richard A. (Ric) Tell, K5UJU, as the recipient of the IEEE SA Award for all of his accomplishments.

Tell has over 50 years of outstanding contributions to the science and technology of non-ionizing radiation safety and has developed standards for measurement methods, safety programs and exposure limits. He is a member of the ARRL RF Safety Committee (RFSC).

Tell also received a Founders Trophy in 2022 from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), recognizing his outstanding service to the Society. Along with other members of the ARRL RFSC, he helped form an Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Monitoring Group, which has been meeting since August 2020 to develop tools and procedures for compliance with new RF exposure regulations for amateur radio operators in Great Britain. The new rules in the UK are similar to those already in place in the US and will be phased in in the UK over a 2 year period. They are currently only in force for the high frequency bands.

Greg Lapin, RFSC member, N9GL, praised Tell for his contributions. “The entire amateur radio community was fortunate when Ric Tell agreed to join the ARRL RF Safety Committee. Ric’s long history with RF safety includes many years with the United States Agency of environmental protection, followed by a council that assessed RF fields in commercial installations to identify potential exposure.Throughout this Ric has donated his time and taken a leadership role in the development IEEE RF safety standards, which make up a large part of the FCC’s exposure regulations.

Tell received his amateur radio license in 1959 at the age of 15, and he used a homebrew transmitter running at 7.5 W to travel the world. His favorite field of amateur radio is the analysis and experimentation of antennas.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern State University and a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University. Prior to entering a private consulting firm related to RF safety issues for the past 33 years, Tell worked at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for 20 years, where he headed the electromagnetics branch of the Office of Radiation Programs.

Tell specializes in RF field analysis and measurements, RF exposure compliance, and RF safety programs. His experience includes participation in a scientific exchange program with Russian scientists on the biological effects of electromagnetic energy and numerous publications related to RF safety. He is chair of the TC95 subcommittee of the IEEE SA International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES), which developed the IEEE SA Recommended Practice on RF Safety Programs, and he is chair of the IEEE SA Committee on Electromagnetic Safety. ‘IEEE SA on Man and Radiation (COMAR).

Tell is also a member of the IEEE SA and was the 2019 recipient of the Non-ionizing Radiation Distinguished Service Award from the Health Physics Society.

The IEEE SA Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at The Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey.