Previous Award Winners
2016 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of the Year – Joe Taylor – K1JT. Joe was first licensed as KN2ITP in 1954, and has since held call signs K2ITP, WA1LXQ, W1HFV, VK2BJX and K1JT. He was Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts from 1969 to 1981 and since then Professor of Physics at Princeton University, serving there also as Dean of the Faculty for six years. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 for discovery of the first orbiting pulsar, leading to observations that established the existence of gravitational waves. After retirement he has been busy developing and enhancing digital protocols for weak-signal communication by Amateur Radio, including JT65 and WSPR. He chases DX from 160 meters through the microwave bands.
Technical Excellence – John S. Burningham, D.I.T., W2XAB. John was first licensed in 1970 as WB8GZR, later as WB9GQM, WB8PUF, and currently as W2XAB. He has been involved with amateur repeaters for over 40 years. After working in the Aerospace industry and Motorola, he has been teaching in higher education for over 20 years, currently as a Senior Lecturer at Clayton State University in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology teaching computer networking; he will retire this May. He is a life member of the ARRL and QCWA and has belonged to AMSAT and TAPR in additional to a number of local clubs as he moved between ten different states. John is currently active in the DMR community, having published a beginner’s guide [http://guide.k4usd.org] and a DMR article in QST and a contributing author in the ARRL 2016 Handbook. He has also presented a number of forums at ham fests including the Hamvention promoting DMR.
Special Achievement Award – Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU. The Special Achievement Award recognizes WA1LOU as an advocate for cutting edge technologies that are now commonly used in amateur radio. Stan authored five books and wrote over 1,200 pieces for the ARRL and TAPR while evangelizing the use of home computers, packet radio, APRS, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Software Defined Radio (SDR) in amateur radio. Licensed in 1969 as WN1LOU, Stan has sampled almost every entrée on the ham radio menu and served in a slew of roles including Section Manager of Connecticut. Presently, Stan is a director and secretary for TAPR and serves as editor of TAPR’s newsletter (PSR). “LOU” has driven the 735 miles to Hamvention most years since 1978 and looks forward to doing so forever. “My fondest memories of ham radio are rubbing elbows and making friends with the makers and shakers of our hobby who show up at Hamvention every year.”
Club of the Year – Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, N0SZ. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is not your typical Amateur Radio club. The organization—based in the Denver, Colorado suburbs— offers its services to other Ham radio clubs and A.R.E.S. groups to help them be successful. Technical assistance, classroom training on a myriad of subjects, mentoring, equipment/system design and public service are among the services provided. The group owns and maintains fixed analog and digital/DMR repeater assets including one of the premier DMR private networks in the nation linked with an Amateur band microwave network that spans the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Cañon City, Colorado with expansion in progress to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The group also owns and operates a deployable communications command post in a 26 foot trailer with capabilities that include satellite Internet, terrestrial 4G Internet, D*Star, IP telephone, DMR, HF, VHF, UHF and packet/PACTOR. Working hand-in-hand with partner clubs and ARES groups, team members are proud to serve our communities. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio also maintains a VE team to support licensing and upgrades and we work jointly with our associated youth organization, the Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club to ensure a steady stream of new Hams are ready to become the next generation of members. There are no dues; membership is granted by ongoing participation in our events throughout the year. Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is not in competition with anyone; it exists to serve everyone!
2015 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of the Year – Tim Duffy, K3LR, of West Middlesex, PA, has a long history of giving back to Amateur Radio. He is founder, promoter and chairman of the successful Contest University (CTU) which has helped to teach radio sport contest operating with excellent volunteer professors. The first CTU was held in Dayton in 2007. Since then more 3,700 radio radio sport enthusiasts have attended 25 CTU’s held in eight different countries under his watchful guidance.
Since 1984 K3LR has moderated the Dayton Hamvention antenna forum, coordinating the presentation of more than 100 papers about antennas. He is also involved in scheduling many contesting activities during Hamvention including the Contest Super Suite, the Contest Dinner and recently the annual Top Band Dinner.
Duffy serves as an officer of several radio clubs and was recently elected to the position of ARRL Section Manager for Western Pennsylvania. He became a ham at age 12 in 1972 and lives in Pennsylvania on 11 acres with over 50 antennas.
Special Achievement – The Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award recognizes the 14 years of service that Tom Medlin, W5KUB, has provided through W5KUB.com, a worldwide webcast of live ham radio events. From his start as “Helmet Cam” man, he has grown the webcast to cover all aspects of amateur radio from events like the Dayton Hamvention to field day, vendor tours, special technical discussions, and special events such as K6H from the stage of “Last Man Standing” in Hollywood. The webcast recently added a weekly live amateur radio program which remotely brings in guests from around the world. The W5KUB.com viewer base has reached approximately 50,000 unique operators in about 150 countries.
The webcast benefits viewers who cannot personally attend amateur radio events due to age, health, distance, time, or money. The W5KUB.com webcast allows viewers to virtually attend and be part of the events, including the opportunity to win prizes during the events. Through vendor and manufacturer prize donations, W5KUB.com awards these prizes to webcast viewers, valued over $10,000 annually. The webcast’s popularity has grown over the years and has been featured in numerous TV news stories, magazines, and world-wide websites.
Medlin was originally licensed in 1964 and later earned his Amateur Radio Extra Class license, and FCC Radio Telephone license with radar endorsement (First Class). Using his degree in electronic engineering, he devoted 34 years to FedEx, managing international telecommunications until his 2013 retirement. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Tom operates across the spectrum: 160 meters to 2.4 GHz, works voice, CW, amateur TV, digital modes, space communications, and he builds and designs much of his equipment. He resides in Collierville, TN.
Technical Excellence – Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, has helped many amateur radio operators build their own equipment. Currently G3RJV writes a monthly practical construction column, “Continuing the Practical Way” for the Practical Wireless magazine and the QRP Column for the Radio Society of Great Britian, (RSGB) magazine Radio Communication. He authored the book “QRP Basics” and jointly compiled the “International QRP Collection” for the RSGB.
Rev. Dobbs was licensed in 1962 and from the beginning used almost all home built equipment for his amateur radio operating. At the end of the 1960’s, after 5 years of student life and very little amateur radio activity, George decided to return to the hobby. To do this he had to progress from his former valve (tube) technology to solid-state circuitry. His inspiration was the series of articles by Doug DeMaw (then W1CER) in the QST. From these articles came his first simple QRP transmitters, and then 30 years of QRP construction!
In 1972 he founded the G-QRP Club, which began with 32 members and is now the largest QRP Club in the world. He has edited the club’s journal SPRAT since 1972. In the 1980’s he wrote many articles on building QRP equipment for the Short Wave Magazine. This was followed by a whole series of QRP projects in the Practical Wireless magazine throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. George is a retired Church of England (Episcopalian) priest living in the northwest of England. George and his wife Jo-Anna (GØOWH) own a wooden lodge in Wales, which they use as a base for exploring Celtic sites.
Club of the Year – The Orlando Amateur Radio Club, (OARC) with the club call of W4PLB, is the largest and oldest amateur radio club in Central Florida with consistently over 300 members. It is an American Radio Relay League, (ARRL) Special Service Club, and offers many outlets for amateur radio enjoyment and growth. The members of the Orlando Amateur Radio Club take great pride in planning for the future of amateur radio and preserving the history of technology. They do this by recruiting, training and helping committed hams to carry on the tradition of amateur radio. They actively support Orange County ARES and Skywarn as well as several community service agencies. They continually provide conduct training and testing for all ages. To keep members informed, a monthly e-newsletter includes meeting information, items of interest and important announcements.
Annual events include the Orlando HamCation® which is sponsored and financially supported by the OARC, whose members contribute their time and effort in promoting a high quality hamfest. Other Central Florida clubs generously give their assistance in the operation and planning of HamCation®. Second only to Dayton, this is the largest hamfest in the southeastern United States.
2014 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of the Year – Dr. Larry E Price, W4RA – Dr. Price served as President of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) from 1999 to 2009. Dr. Price’s leadership had significant and direct impact on the development of amateur radio throughout the world. – At his direction, many noteworthy achievements occurred such as elimination of the Morse requirement, protection of existing frequency allocations, adoption of ITU Recommendation ITU-R M.1544, Minimum qualifications of radio amateurs, expansion of the 40 meter amateur band in ITU Regions 1 and 3, and new LF allocations.
Special Achievement – Dave Sumner, K1ZZ – As Special Achievement Award winner, Sumner was cited for his contributions to the international Amateur Radio community through the International Amateur Radio Union and for his leadership in the fight against Broadband over Power Line (BPL) interference to radio amateurs.
Technical Excellence – David Freese Jr, W1HKJ – Dave Freese is recognized for his development and distribution of the Fast Light Digital Modem Application (fldigi) family of programs for use in amateur and emergency communications. FLDIGI is an easy to use, free of charge, and open source computer program intended for Amateur Radio Digital Modes operation using a Personal Computer. FLDIGI operates in conjunction with conventional radio transceivers, and uses the PC sound card as the main method of input from the radio, and output to the radio.
Club of the Year – The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (W4GR) serves Gwinnett County, Georgia. The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society has several well rounded training programs aimed at old and novice amateur radio operators with many programs aimed at youth. They continually host and support amateur radio programs and they participate in a multitude public service events. Their last effort for Field Day was a massive effort that included eight stations. Their TechFest is an opportunity for the community to become aware of the many modes of operation of Radio Amateurs and view some of the preparations taking place by public service volunteers in the Ham radio community. Maintain a wide area repeater system while hosting several nets each week.
2013 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of The Year – None awarded in 2013.
Technical Excellence – Winning the Technical Achievement Award is DAVID ROWE, VK5DGR & DAVID M. WITTEN, II, KD0EAG. David Rowe has 25 years experience in the development of DSP-based telephony and sat-com hardware/software. David has a wide mix of skills including software, hardware, project and business management, and a PhD in DSP theory. David has worked on open hardware and software projects in VOIP, developing world communications, echo cancellation, speech compression, and digital voice over HF radio. David’s other interests include his popular blog, Electric Vehicles, Peak Oil, Energy Efficiency, and Amateur Radio. David received his first Amateur Radio license at age 13, over 30 years ago.
Dave Witten received his original Amateur Radio license in 1966 at age 12. He has worked on medical imaging software development and telemedicine network deployment for over 25 years. His background includes a wide variety of communications-related and research support projects in both academic and private settings. His current interests include contributing to a variety of open source and Amateur Radio projects.
Special Achievement – GEORGE A. THOMAS, JR, W5JDX wins the Special Achievement Award for 2013. George Thomas is recognized for his work on Amateur logic TV and Ham Nation. His video contributions are commended by hams worldwide and his entertaining instructional videos are both interesting and enlightening. He co-produces Amateur logic TV, the first and longest running internet television program dedicated to Amateur Radio and Technology. He also co- hosts on the weekly live Ham Nation internet video podcast on the Twit network. His detailed videos make hard projects easier and more understandable.
Club of the Year – West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group. Since 1939 the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group has been recognized for their club activity and local community support. They provide in depth amateur radio classes and offer additional specialty classes. They volunteer and maintain the club permanent Amateur Radio Exhibit and station, WS4FSM, at the South Florida Science Museum. Since late 2010, this station has introduced amateur radio to thousands of youngsters that have spoken amateur radio operators worldwide.
2012 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of The Year – Mr. S. Suri, VU2MY Amateur of the Year organized amateur radio throughout India. He also established the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) in 1983. He was responsible to for major DX-expeditions; is an enthusiastic advocate with amateur radio regulatory agencies for policies and programs; and initiated advanced skill development programs among youth. He has been honored by many government and non-government organizations in India and abroad.
Technical Excellence – Winning the Technical Achievement Award is Joel Hallas. Joel is known for his monthly QST column titled â€œThe Doctor Is Inâ€. His column answers many technical questions of amateur radio. Joel answers these questions in an easy to read format. Additionally, he is the author many technical manuals and has garnered many technical awards and remains one of the top technical authors in our avocation.
Special Achievement – Steven Betza, WZ2V wins the Special Achievement Award for 2012. He enjoys teaching a wide range of students through live experiments and missions. Through a project called Blue Horizon, he caused the licensing of 38 new hams, set the world record for the highest amateur balloon vehicle (125,000 feet AGL), and demonstrated many technical feats relating to the flight.
Club of the Year – Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC). DARC organized the country of Germany into one unified national amateur radio organization. It provides educational and technical support for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners. DARC plays a major role in training and licensing and is well respected throughout the European Union (EU).
2011 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of the Year – Shirley Roberts, N8LX, has been involved with amateur radio, DARA and Dayton Hamvention® and other for over twenty years. She is also a member of the board of directors of the American Council of the Blind of Ohio. She is an active member of the American Council of the Blind Radio Amateurs and a member of QCWA. Additionally, she holds life memberships in the ARRL and Handihams.
Special Achievement – Fred L Lloyd, AA7BQ, our Special Achievement Award winner, Fred is best known as the founder of the website QRZ.COM.
Club of the Year – Our Club of the year award goes to The Albemarle Amateur Radio Club, Inc. This non-profit, organization is dedicated to the advancement of Amateur Radio and public service.
Technical Excellence – Our Technical Achievement Award winner is Roy W. Lewallen, W7EL. He is now best known for developing EZNEC antenna analysis software, powerful but very easy-to-use programs for modeling and analyzing nearly any kind of antenna.
2010 Hamvention® Award Winners
Special Achievement – Dick Ross/K2MGA for his excellent work over the past number of years on CQ magazine. Dick bought the magazine in 1979 and got the magazine on a solid footing and within three years. In the years since then, CQ has published a variety of magazines and books. Today, CQ Communications publishes CQ, Popular Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online.
Technical Excellence – Simon Brown / HB9DRV for the invention and development of Ham Radio Deluxe.
Amateur of the Year – Jim Stafford / W4QO for 50 years of service to Amateur Radio and his support for public service and unending efforts to recruit and develop hams of all ages.
Club of the Year – The North Fulton Amateur Radio League, NFARL, is the premier club in the greater North Fulton County, Georgia area with over 250 active members. The club features a variety of activities to appeal to the widest range of amateur radio interests from DXing and contesting to QRP operating, rag chewing and project building.
2009 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of the Year – Wade D. “Danny” Hampton Jr., K4ITL, of Raleigh, North Carolina, is the architect of the Piedmont Coastal Repeater Network, established in the early 1970s, which today sports more than 40 machines in North Carolina.
Special Achievement Award – Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, is a legendary video game programmer/designer and ham radio operator who was the sixth private citizen to fly to the International Space Station (ISS).
Technical Excellence Award – Copthorne “Cop” Macdonald, VY2CM, who got his first ham license at 15, and while an engineering student at the University of Kentucky designed and built the first ham radio SSTV system.
2008 Hamvention® Award Winners
Amateur of the Year – N0AX
2008 Hamvention® Amateur of the Year was Ward Silver, NÃ˜AX, whose book, Ham Radio for Dummies, helped many realize that becoming a ham does not have to be a difficult challenge. His other books, teaching materials and magazine articles have helped many become more proficient in their amateur radio skills and knowledge.
Technical Excellence – N5EG
Tom McDermott, N5EG, whose technical contributions helped digital ham radio expand won the Technical Excellence Award. He developed the TAPR-AMSAT windows software development system, wrote a textbook on Wireless Digital Communications for TAPR, and developed the TAPR VNA in 2004. These projects provide an on-going revenue stream for TAPR to help fund other activities and development projects.
KB9IBW – Special Achievement Award
Emery McClendon, KB9IBW, who started Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD) in 2003 as a way for Amateur Radio to express support and appreciation for our service men and women won the Special Achievement Award. He said he started ARMAD “as a way to have Amateur Radio serve as a tool for the people of our communities to be able to express ‘live’ support and appreciation for our Troops, Veterans, Military Retired; and First Responders.”
Hamvention® 2007 Award Winners
The Dayton Hamvention 2007 Awards committee is proud to honor three hams who have made significant contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.
Jim Haynie, W5JBP, whose leadership of ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio , helped define amateur radio’s role in emergency communication was named Amateur of the Year.
Ed Hare, W1RFI, whose relentless pursuit of BPL interference documentation helped defend ham bands was selected for the Special Achievement Awards.
David Cameron, VE7LTD, who spearheaded the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) which turned amateur radio repeaters into a worldwide communication network, will receive the Technical Excellence Award. All three will be honored guests when Hamvention® 2007 opens in Hara Arena on May 18.
Pat Johnson, KC8ZZO, Hamvention® Awards Chairman said the committee had a tough job because of the number of worthy individuals nominated for the three awards.”We believe the winners all represent excellence in service to the ham radio community. We were impressed with the quality of the nominations.”
Hamvention® Chairman Jim Nies, WX8F, praised the winners, saying: â€œOn behalf of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) and Hamvention® 2007 it is my pleasure to congratulate this year’s Award Winners. Please join me in recognizing the outstanding contributions and the many years of devotion the winners have given to the amateur radio service.”
Hamvention® 2006 Award Winners
When Hamvention® 2006 opened at Hara Arena on May 19 2006, three amateur radio operators were honored guests for their contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.
Gordon West, WB6NOA (Amateur of The Year), a man responsible for helping to recruit many new hams; Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH (Special Achievement Award), who helped bring improved enforcement to the ham bands; and Richard Illman, AH6EZ/W9 (Technical Excellence Award), whose efforts helped develop a solution to BPL interference, have been named as recipients of this year’s Hamvention® awards.
Dayton Hamvention® 2005 Award Winners
A television news producer from California; a DXpedition leader turned communications hero from India and a researcher from New Jersey have been selected as recipients of the 2005 Dayton Hamvention® awards.
Radio Amateur of the Year
Selected as Radio Amateur of the Year for his dedication to the ongoing education of radio amateurs to the many facets of their hobby and in the area of publicizing Amateur Radio to the non-licensed world through the mass media is Alan S. Kaul, W6RCL.
Alan Kaul is a career electronic journalist currently serving as a West Coast Producer for NBC Nightly News. A licensed radio amateur most of his life, he began his service to the hobby in the late 1970’s as a writer and reporter for the Westlink Amateur Radio News (the forerunner of today’s Amateur Radio Newsline).
One of the best remembered contributions to Newsline was his report on the death of His Majesty Al Hussein ibn Talal, JY1, King of Jordan. Working from an intimate knowledge of King Hussein and the monarch’s many ham radio friends Kaul wove a word picture of the man and his hobby, as seen through the eyes of those who knew him best. In 1983, as the first manned ham radio operation from orbit by Dr. Owen Garriott, W5LFL, was being planned Alan Kaul was tapped by the late Roy Neal, K6DUE, for a unique assignment. He would be the “volunteer” Producer of a half hour video about the flight to be titled “Amateur Radio’s Newest Frontier.” Shortly after the second version of this show was complete, Kaul accepted the assignment in Jordan and was gone for several years. While there, Alan filed a number of reports on ham radio in that region aired by Westlink Radio and later as Amateur Radio Newsline. These reports introduced the hobby as it is in the Middle East to radio amateurs world-wide. During that time, Kaul was on the air from across the region as JY9RL, operating mainly low power CW and bringing a number of rare locations on-the-air as time permitted.
After his return to Los Angeles, Alan became active in several worlds of Amateur Radio. Theses include QRP operation, CW operation and contesting to name only three. The latter led to his becoming a founding member of the Hollywood Hills QRP Contest Club in 2003. In 2002, Alan’s talent as a documentary writer/producer was tapped once again, this time by producer Dave Bell, W6AQ. He asked Alan to devise a concept for participation by legendary CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, KB2GSD, to anchor a short presentation dealing with the reliability of ham radio during crisis situations. The project was eventually titled “Amateur Radio Today.” It was released by the American Radio Relay League in January of 2003. This video has since been used by the ARRL in its dealings with Congress and other legislators and received the Chicago Film Festival’s Certificate of Merit for a non-broadcast documentary later that year. Kaul’s latest video project, known by the working title “The ARRL Goes to Washington” is slated for release this spring. It documents the work being done on the political front by the ARRL to preserve the precious spectrum upon which radio amateurs operate and to protect it from interference by such entities as Broadband Over Powerline Internet access. He is also very active in publicizing other ham radio activities and produced a 3 minute report on Kids Day that aired nationally on NBC News.
Alan and his wife Christine live in La Canada, California. They have two children: A daughter Alexa and a son Ryan. (Information supplied by ARNewsline?)
Special Achievement Award – Special Achievement Award recipient D. Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, was on the air from the VU4RBI/VU4NRO DXpedition in Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands when disaster struck on December 29th.
A massive earthquake occurred at 00:58 UTC off the west coast of northern Sumatra. It measured 8.9 on the Richter scale and triggered a tsunami that took over 300,000 lives across the region. An IndiaNews report termed the destruction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands ”unprecedented, with the gigantic tidal waves sinking two civilian ships and destroying dry docks.” After checking that everyone was safe and that the antennas were still on the roof, DXpedition team Prasad got back on the air and contacted HS0ZAA in Thailand and VU2UU and VU2MYL on the Indian mainland. Both confirmed the tremors at their locations. She then shifted the operation to handle emergency traffic and health-and-welfare inquiries between the island and the Indian mainland. Simultaneously, she sent team members to the office of the Chief Secretary, Government of Andaman & Nicobar Islands expressing the operators, willingness to support establishing an emergency communication network to assist the administration. For several days Prasad and the other DXpedition members were the lone voices on the radio bringing aid and comfort to the people of the isolated islands. Ironically, it was Prasad who organized the DX operation and worked to gain the special permission from India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Department of Telecommunication to operate from the island chain. She says that she shares this honor with her fellow operators, with India’s National Institution of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad and India’s Dept. of Information Technology. (Information supplied by CQ Magazine, ARRL, ARNewsline, others)
Technical Excellence Award
Technical Excellence Award winner Dr. Jerry Sevick, W2FMI, is well known in ham radio technical circles world-wide for his many books, articles and other writings.
He earned a BS in education from Wayne State University and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University and taught physics at Wayne State from 1952 to 1956. In 1956, Jerry joined the staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He supervised groups working in high-frequency transistor and integrated-circuit development, reliability, applications engineering and high-speed PCM. Later, he served as Director of Technical Relations and retired in 1985. It was his interest in Amateur Radio that launched Dr. Sevick into experiments with short vertical antennas and broadband matching networks. He is noted for a classic series on short vertical antennas that appeared in QST. His April 1978 QST article on short ground-radial systems now serves as the world’s standard for earth conductivity measurements. In the course of designing networks to match coaxial cable to short ground mounted vertical antennas, the transmission line transformer was looked at as a possible vehicle. He undertook the characterization and design of transformers for low impedance applications. This resulted in his book Transmission Line Transformers, published by the ARRL.
He also presented a series on baluns in Communications Quarterly and a series on ununs (unbalanced to unbalanced transformers) in CQ magazine. Dr. Sevick is a Technical Advisor for the ARRL and is a member of IEEE, Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi, Sigma and Phi Delta Kappa. He was a bomber pilot in World War II and was recently elected into Wayne State’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his record in football and track. (Adapted from www.bytemark.com with additional information from CQ Magazine)
Hamvention® 2004 Award Winners
The organizer of the Young Ham Contest Program, a retired leader in the nation’s ham radio community and the developer of a digital amateur television scheme have been named as recipients of this year’s Hamvention® awards.
David Kopacz, KY1V, is being honored as Radio Amateur of the Year for his effort in creating and funding the Young Ham Contest Program. This program provides an opportunity for a licensed radio amateur under the age of 18 to apply for an expenses paid dream come true chance to go on a DXpedition to North Caicos Island.
The Young Ham Contest Program was developed by KY1V in 2003 to encourage teen and pre-teen hams to tell their friends about the fascinating possibilities associated with Amateur Radio with regards to contesting and DX-peditions. In a posting at his website, Kopacz says that as a teenage ham, he always dreamed of going on a DX-pedition, especially during a major contest weekend. He goes on to note that it was not until 30 years later that he had had first opportunity and he just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring along a young ham and make his dream come true.
Kopacz continues by saying, “It is my desire to foster this program into an annual event by which young hams around the world can have a chance of making their dream come true. I hope to get other hams involved in the program and eventually sponsor kids for every major contest. Could you imagine the impact we could have on young hams sending them on expeditions around the world? We may even give away radios to the winners”.
Young hams worldwide can apply for the Young Ham Contest Program by sending a 500+ word essay describing how he/she got started in ham radio, naming his/her elmer (mentor), and telling why he/she should be selected for a particular years contest operation. One winner is selected each year from the many world-wide entries. The Hamvention® Awards Committee feels that it is this kind of support for young people that will assure the future of Amateur Radio.
A resident of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Kopacz is married and has four children. He holds an Extra class license and has been radio amateur since 1976, noting that his mentor was Dr. John Berry, DDS., W0NXU, whom Kopacz says: …had the courage and patience to assist a hyper-active, bored young teenager in becoming a proud federally licensed amateur radio operator. His other interests include hockey (he played with the 1995 Chicago Blackhawks and 1995 Chicago Cheetahs RHI), barefoot water skiing (trained by world champion Mike Siepel), snow skiing, motorcycles (dirt bikes), computers and playing guitar. (Note: For more information on this project, please visit www.vp5x.com in the World-Wide-Web.)
George S. Wilson III, W4OYI It is hard to know even where to begin to describe all that has been accomplished by Special Achievement Award recipient George S. Wilson III, W4OYI, of Owensboro, Kentucky. The Awards Committee selected Wilson based on more than five decades of service to Amateur Radio through the American Radio Relay League, his work in public service and emergency communications and his determination to overcome the debilitating effects of a stroke that has left him partially paralyzed.
It was on February 11, 1995, that then ARRL President George Wilson, W4OYI, suffered a massive stroke while in Washington D.C to represent the needs of all United States radio amateurs to the government of the United States. He was immediately transported to a Washington-area hospital’s Intensive Care unit where the prognosis was far from good. But miracles do happen and George S. Wilson III, W4OYI, is living proof of this.
First licensed in on his 16th birthday 1948 a young George Wilson rode a bus from Owensboro KY. to Nashville TN. to take the “Class B” test before the FCC examiner. 7 months later he learned that he had been assigned the call letters of W4OYI (the same call that he holds to this day). Not long after W4OYI got his first taste of a real life communications emergency during a flood. George and his comrades installed CW rigs on two ferries and one at the local courthouse to act as a “dispatch. The system worked flawlessly and made rescue of those stranded by the flooding more efficient. The die was cast and George Wilson, W4OYI, was hooked on public service. An area of ham radio that he is still active in to this day.
In the early 1960â€™s George and his fellow Owensboro hams began “playing” with the emerging world of VHF operation. It was during that time that George devised the “envelope drill.” This is a highly effective method of training individuals in emergency communications response as the operators involved are never sure what they will find at a scene or what role they will have to play.
During this period George became an Assistant Emergency Coordinator and an Official Relay Station in the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Corps.(the predecessor to the current ARES). Wilson worked closely with then Section Communications Manager Lawrence Jeffrey, WA4KFO (later K4HY) and also served as an SEC during WA4KFO’s tenure. When Jeffery unexpectedly died in the mid-1970’s, Wilson, who had gained a reputation as being a top-notch organizer and skilled emergency communicator was appointed to replace him.
In the 1980’s, George and the Owensboro Amateur Radio Club were involved in numerous public service activities. They were on-call 24 hours a day to handle emergency communications for anything including tornadoes, blizzards, lost children, downed planes, water main breaks, and drownings, etc. The Owensboro hams had a great relationship with local disaster officials, thanks in great measure to George Wilson’s easygoing manner and his ability to deliver when the chips were down.
Wilson held the post of Kentucky SCM for close to 6 years. He only stepped aside when he was asked by the then Vice Director who was not standing for re-election to run for his post in the 1980 elections. George Wilson was unopposed. He later became Division Director when his predecessor, Leonard Nathanson, W8RC, was elected as ARRL First Vice President. When incumbent ARRL President Larry Price, W4RA, announced that he would not run for another term, George Wilson was elected to succeeded him. George was re-elected in 1995, but had the stroke in February of that year.
After that illness forced his retirement, George Wilson was named President Emeritus of the American Radio Relay League based on his lifelong commitment to Amateur Radio and the League — one of only three people ever granted this honor. He continues his service to ARRL in the voluntary position of Assistant Director of the Great Lakes Division. In 1999 George accepted a position as a judge for the Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award program and was deeply involved in choosing the last five recipients of this honor.
In 2003, the hams in the Great Lakes Division created the George S. Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award. Its presented to a Division member who has contributed greatly to the overall vitality of the Amateur Radio Service. George Race, WB8BGY, of Albion, MI, also a former Great Lakes Division Director was the first recipient.
George Wilson and his wife Marion still reside in Owensboro. They have two grown children and one grandchild. When he is not directly involved in ham radio related activities, George Wilson can be found on a number of Internet legal round-tables and forums, providing his expertise freely for those in need.
Barry Sanderson, KB9VAKIndianapolis, Indiana resident Barry Sanderson, KB9VAK, is being named as recipient of the Technical Excellence Award for the development of a multi-channel, multiphase modulation scheme known as Redundant Digital File Transfer (RDFT). Not only did Sanderson perform the mathematical computations to develop the system. He also wrote the core software routines that allow RDFT to run on personal computers using sound card DSP capabilities. This allows error-free transmission of computer files via standard amateur radio equipment.
Sanderson, who holds a Technician class license is also credited for the development HDSSTV. This is a method for transferring exact copies of binary files to multiple recipients over a 460 – 2300 hertz bandwidth audio channel. This technology has been proven very powerful in the area of digital slow-scan television. He was a 2003 Hamvention® forum presenter.
Hamvention® 2003 Award Winners
Amateur of the Year – Larry Tyree
Larry “Tree” Tyree, N6TR, of Boring, Oregon has been chosen to receive Dayton Hamvention’s Amateur of the Year award for 2003. Mr. Tyree is the creator, organizer, and promoter of the successful “Kids’ Day”, now adopted by the American Radio Relay League. Kids’ Day is not a contest, but is designed to give young people a chance to experience Amateur Radio first hand, hopefully inspiring them to become future Hams. Mr. Tyree also created the very popular contest logging software called “TR-LOG”. Mr. Tyree has been a Ham since 1967, lives in Oregon with his wife and three daughters. Hamvention is proud to honor Larry “Tree” Tyre, N6TR as its Amateur of the Year for 2003!
Special Achievement – Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor, K1RFD, of Ridgefield, Connecticut has been chosen to receive Dayton Hamvention’s Special Achievement award for 2003. Mr. Taylor is the writer and developer of the Internet linking program called EchoLink, and the repeater-control program called EchoStation. EchoLink allows Amateur stations to connect with each other over the Internet, to expand the coverage of repeaters and simplex stations and to provide licensed hams access from their PCs. EchoLink has given many hams both young and old whose license restricts them from using the HF bands the ability to talk and make friends all around the world via the Internet. Mr. Taylor provides EchoLink without charging any fees for its use. Hamvention congratulates Jonathan Taylor, K1RFD for his Special Achievement!
Technical Excellence – Steve Dimse
Steve Dimse, K4HG, of Cudjoe Key, Florida has been chosen to receive Dayton Hamvention’s Technical Excellence award for 2003. Mr. Dimse invented, developed, and personally funded and maintains the Global APRS Internet network that links 20,000 plus worldwide APRS operators. This is a tremendous value in supporting emergency services, Amateur Radio Vehicle Tracking, Search and Rescue, Weather and storm tracking. Steve also wrote the global database software called FINDU, which can capture and integrate data for viewing by anyone. As the popularity of the APRS Weather grew, non-hams began to be attracted to the technology and develop and interest in Amateur Radio. Since non-hams could participate on the APRS-IS side, Steve helped form CWS, the Citizens Weather Service. Over a million live weather observations from the combination of APRS and CWS have been forwarded to the National Weather Service. Hamvention congratulates Steve Dimse, K4HG for his Technical Excellence!
Hamvention® 2000 Award Winners
Martti Laine, OH2BH, AMATEUR OF THE YEAR. Martti is well known in the international amateur radio community as our #1 Ambassador of Good Will. Martti has been responsible for promoting the activation of new DXCC countries traveling under difficult and often dangerous conditions to promote the hobby worldwide. Additionally, Martti is the only person to be inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame as well as the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.
Dr. H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE. Paul is being honored for his pioneering work in the 1970’s in VHF, UHF and microwave receiver design; and for his recent design of amateur radio astronomy equipment for the 21-cm hydrogen line region.
Prose Walker, W4BW, SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT. Prose is being honored for his early involvement in developing the concept of obtaining new amateur frequency bands. Prose first went public with this concept in a speech to the Swiss Amateur Society in Geneva, Switzerland in 1974. Additionally, Prose was the guiding force behind the development of ACAR (Advisory Committee of Amateur Radio), having established the committee and serving as its first Chair.
Past Hamvention® Amateur of the Year Award Winners
1955- William C. Jenney, W8FYW; Westlake , OH. & Benjamin S, Zieg, W9EHU, K4OQK; Atlanta, GA.
1956- Edmund C Ryan, W8LRR; Mansfield, OH.
1957- Ralph Crammer, W8VHO; Columbus, OH.
1958- Rev.C. Lynn White, K4CC; Traverres, FL.
1959- Harlow Lucas, W8QQ; Columbus, OH.
1960- Paul Wolfe, W8IVE; Cincinnati, OH.
1961- Ed Bonnet, W8OVG; Dayton, OH.
1962- Dana Cartwright, W8UPB; Cincinnati, OH.
1963- Chester Funk, K8EUF, K7ZKL; Phoenix, AZ.
1964- H. Ruble, W8PTF; Dayton, OH.
1965- Carl B. Snyder, W8ARW; Greenville, OH.
1966- Robert K. Caskey, W9DNQ; Indianapolis, IN.
1967- Jack Gray, W8JDV; Mason, OH.
1968- Elmer Schubert, W8ALW; Cincinnati, OH.
1969- Wayne Walters, W9DOG; Plainsfield, IN.
1970- Kay Anderson, W8DUV; Huntington, WV.
1971- Al Michel, W8WC; Cincinnati, OH.
1972- Don C. Miller, W9NTP; Waldron, IN.
1973- Ray E. Myers, W6MLZ; San Gabriel, CA.
1974- Barry Goldwater, K7UGA; Scottsdale, AZ.
1975- Richard A. Daniels, WA4DGU. Arlington, VA.
1976- Joseph M. Hertzberg, N3EA; Bryn Mawr, PA.
1977- Rafael M. Estevez, WA4ZZG; Hialeah, FL.
1978- Frank Schwab, W8OK; Dayton, OH.
1979- George G. Batterson, W2GB; Rochester, NY
1980- Wayne Overbeck, N6NB; Woodland Hills, CA.
1981- Eric C. Shalkhauser, W9CI; Washington, IL.
1982- Robert G. Heil, Jr., K9EID; Marissa, IL.
1983- Katashi Nose, KH6IJ; Honolulu, HI.
1984- Dave L. Bell, W6AQ; Los Angeles, CA.
1985- John J.Willig, W8ACE; Sarasota, FL.
1986- Roy Neal, K6DUE; Woodlawn Hill, CA.
1987- Carole Perry, WB2MGP; Staten Island, NY
1988- Bill Bennett, W7PHO; Seattle, WA.
1989- Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF; Saugus, CA.
1990- Stephen Mendelsohn, WA2DHF; Dumont, NJ
1991- John B. Johnston, W3BE; Derwood, MD.
1992- Richard Baldwin, W1RU; Waldoboro, ME.
1993- Harry Dannals, W2HD: Charlottsville, VA.
1994- Perry Williams, W1UED; Unionville, CT.
1995- Rosalie White, WA1STO; Newington, CT.
1996 William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO, Kerrville, TN
1997 Leo L. Meyerson, W0GFQ, Omaha, NE
1998 Andrew J. Feldman, WB2XFN Coram, NY
1999 Kenneth M. Miller, K6IR, Rockville, MD.
2000 Martti Laine, OH2BH, Finland
2001 George Jacobs, W3ASK, Silver Springs, MD
2002 Alanson “Hap” Holly, KC9RP, Des Plaines, IL
2003 Larry “Tree” Tyree, N6TR, of Boring, OR
2004 David Kopacz, KY1V, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
2005 Alan S. Kaul, W6RCL, La Canada, California
2006 Gordon West, WB6NOA, Orange County , California
2007 Jim Haynie, W5JBP, Frisco, TX
2008 Ward Silver, NÃ˜AX, Seattle, WA
2009 Wade D. “Danny” Hampton Jr., K4ITL, Raleigh, North Carolina
2010 Jim Stafford. W4QO, Roswell, Georgia
2011 Shirley Roberts, N8LX Dayton, Ohio
2012 S. Suri, VU2MY Hyderabad, India
2013 – None Awarded
2014 – Dr. Larry E Price, W4RA Statesboro, GA
2015 – Tim Duffy, K3LR, West Middlesex, PA,
2016 – Joe Taylor – K1JT