Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Four Amateurs and a Ship's Crew Inducted to CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame

CQ magazine is pleased to announce its 2016 inductees to the CQ DX and Contest and Halls of Fame. The CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame honor those amateurs who not only excel in personal performance in these major areas of amateur radio but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways.

CQ DX Hall of Fame
This year, we induct not only two amateurs, but an entire ship's crew to the CQ DX Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees are:

CQ DX Hall of Fame inductee Nigel Jolly,
KC3HAE (left), at the Dayton Hamvention
with CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU (center)
and DX Hall of Fame member Bob Allphin,
K4UEE, who presided over the 2016 induction
Nigel Jolly, KC3HAE, and the Crew of the RV Braveheart – Read the story of virtually any major DXpedition to sub-Antarctic islands in the past 15 years and the chances are excellent that the team's transportation was provided by the RV (Research Vessel) Braveheart and its owner, Nigel Jolly, newly licensed as KC3HAE. Jolly, who recently earned his U.S. General Class license, is responsible not only for getting operators safely to and from their extremely remote destinations but for assuring their safety while there, particularly in the face of fast-developing weather extremes. It is safe to say that without Nigel Jolly, his crew and the Braveheart, many of the biggest DXpeditions of the past 15 years simply would not have taken place.

Roger Balister, G3KMA (Courtesy G3KMA)
Roger Balister, G3KMA – It seems there are award programs today for just about anything and everything one can put "on the air," from national parks and summits to castles and zoos. And it all goes back to islands – the Islands on the Air (IOTA) program created by DX Hall of Famer Geoff Watts for the Radio Society of Great Britain and administered since 1985 by Roger Balister, G3KMA. Under his leadership, the IOTA program has blossomed into one of the most popular award programs in amateur radio, growing from a few hundred early participants to more than 10,000 today. Earlier this year, RSGB turned over administration of the program to a new independent organization, but Roger remains at the helm, with a new title of IOTA Managing Director.  Roger is a very accomplished DXer in his own right, with 378 confirmed DX entities (#3 in the UK on the DXCC Honor Roll), the highest UK score in the DXCC Challenge and the #4/World position on the IOTA Honor Roll, with more than 1100 islands confirmed.

The 2016 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, presents Contest Hall of Fame
plaque to Tod Olson, K0TO, at the Contest Dinner
in Dayton, Ohio, 5/21/2016.  Photo by N6TV.

 Tod Olson, K0TO – Tod is the founding editor of the National Contest Journal and has been a contester since he was first licensed as WN0IYP in the early 1950s. He has been promoting contesting and mentoring newcomers for nearly as long, and has served the amateur radio community as an ARRL Section Manager, Vice Director, Division Director and International Affairs Vice President, a position in which he represented the interests of amateur radio on an international level. He did all this while maintaining a professional career as a chemist and physicist at General Mills, where, among other things, he developed methods of keeping cake mixes fresh on store shelves for months at a time.

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, presents Contest Hall of Fame plaque
for Richard Strand, KL7RA (SK), to his son Jeff Strand
and his wife Jyl Strand, at the Contest Dinner
in Dayton, Ohio, 5/21/2016.  Photo by N6TV.
Richard Strand, KL7RA (SK) – If you've ever worked Alaska in a contest, there's a good chance that KL7RA is in your logbook. A radio astronomer taking advantage of the quiet of the northern latitudes for his research, Rich Strand built and maintained highly competitive contest stations in a very difficult environment and was, for many hams, their first (or only) CQ Zone 1 contact. Rich also recruited and mentored new hams across Alaska and made friends all over the world, as evidenced by the multiple nominations we received after his untimely passing late last year, from locations far from KL7-land, including Missouri, Texas and Tennessee.

 Formal inductions to the CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame were conducted in conjunction with the Dayton Hamvention® in May. Contest Hall of Fame presentations were made at the Dayton Contest Dinner by CQ World Wide DX Contest Director Randy Thompson, K5ZD; DX Hall of Fame inductions were conducted at the Dayton DX Dinner on our behalf (and with our thanks) by noted DXer and CQ DX Hall of Fame member Bob Allphin, K4UEE.

Our thanks to all and congratulations to the inductees!

21 New Inductees to CQ's Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

CQ magazine is pleased to announce its 2016 Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductees. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet. The 2016 inductees (listed alphabetically) are:

Bob Arnold, N2JEU (SK) – Co-developer (with Keith Lamonica, W7DXX, see below) of the first internet-controlled remote base

Grant Bingeman, KM5RG (SK) – Developed "method of moments" antenna modeling software for AM broadcast stations and 160-meter amateur antennas

Bob Carpenter, W3OTC (SK) – Pioneer of meteor scatter and FM stereo broadcast technology; longtime AMSAT volunteer

David Dary, W5ZAX – Journalist, author, journalism educator – former correspondent for CBS and NBC News, journalism professor at University of Kansas and University of Oklahoma, author of over 20 books on the American West

Matt Ettus, N2MJI – Software defined radio pioneer; developed first Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) with GNU radio software support

Terry Fox, N4TLF – Packet radio pioneer; primary developer of AX.25 amateur packet protocol

Elmer "Bud" Frohardt, Jr., W9DY (SK) ­- The original "Elmer" for whom ham radio mentors are named (courtesy of a 1971 QST "How's DX?" column by Rod Newkirk, W9BRD/VA3ZBB)

Fred Gissoni, K4JLX (SK) – Adaptive technology pioneer; co-developer of the Porta-Braille and Pocket-Braille note-taking devices for the visually impaired, as well as many other devices

Ken Kellerman, K2AOE – Radioastronomer; pioneer of radio interferometry; co-developer of very long baseline interferometry (VLBI), which permits multiple telescopes to function as a single instrument

Keith Lamonica, W7DXX – Co-developer (with the late Bob Arnold, N2JEU) of the first internet-controlled remote base

George Mitchell, K6ZE (SK) – Member of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and 2007 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal for his wartime service

Les Mitchell, G3BHK (SK) – Founder of Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), annual event to introduce amateur radio to scouts and guides around the world

William Moerner, WN6I – Co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in high-resolution microscopy

Leigh Orf, KG4ULP – Co-developer of tornado simulator using computer modeling to simulate conditions under which tornadoes form

Joe Rudi, NK7U – Former Major League baseball player; 3-time All-Star

Wes Schum, W9DYV (SK) – Co-founder of Central Electronics, developed first amateur radio SSB transmitter

Garry Shandling, ex-KQ6KA/KD6OY (SK) – Well-known comedian, actor, writer and television personality

Mason Southwirth, ex-W1VLH (SK) – Head of ARRL International Geophysical Year (IGY) Propagation Research Project in 1958-59; conducted additional propagation research at Stanford University

Boris Stepanov, RU3AX (ex-UW3AX) – Leading Russian amateur, deputy editor of Russian Radio magazine; pioneer of computerized contest logging and log-checking; developed prototype for World Radiosport Team Championships (WRTC); first to propose "glass cockpit" for ham transceiver, combining frequency readout and spectrum scope on front panel display

Rufus Turner, W3LF (SK) – Believed to be the first African-American radio amateur in the U.S.; helped develop 1N34A diode; wrote 1949 article in Radio-Electronics magazine on how to "Build a Transistor"

Perry Williams, W1UED (SK) – Longtime ARRL Washington Coordinator and League archivist; convinced Congress to approve vanity call sign program and not to impose a license application fee on amateurs; persuaded FCC to retain large amateur microwave allocations and to create primary amateur allocation at 2.4 GHz

Inductees to the CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame will be announced separately.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Young Ham of the Year Nominating Deadline Approaches

June 30 is the deadline for nominating a young ham radio operator for the 2016 Bill Pasternak Memorial Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award (YHOTY). 

Anna Veal, W0ANT, is the 2015
Newsline Young Ham of the Year.
Who will be the 2016 winner?
Nominations are due by June 30.
Nominees must be age 18 or younger and living in the U.S., its possessions or Canada. Candidates must have made significant accomplishments with or for amateur radio and/or exhibited extraordinary leadership skills at a young age. (Simply being licensed at age 3 is not enough!)

Official nominating forms may be found online at <>.

 CQ is a corporate sponsor of the YHOTY program 


Compromise Language Reached on Antenna Bill

Significant progress has been made in bringing legal protections to amateurs living in antenna-restricted private developments or with deed restrictions that prohibit or severely restrict amateur operation. The ARRL reports that intensive negotiations with the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the national organization for homeowners' associations, have resulted in agreement on revised language for the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301/S.1685) now pending before Congress. The bill originally sought to extend to hams living under private land use agreements the same "reasonable accommodation" protections currently in FCC rules regarding state laws and local ordinances.

Under the revised language, according to a posting on the CAI website, the bill would mandate the FCC to implement new rules to require  community associations to permit an amateur licensee "to install and maintain an effective outdoor  antenna on property under the exclusive use or control of the licensee," to require that any rules regarding amateur antennas "constitute the minimum practicable restriction on (amateur) communications" and to invalidate any deed restriction or restrictive covenant that "on its face or as applied, precludes communications in an amateur radio service."

Amateurs would still need to provide advance notice and receive association approval before installing an outdoor antenna and associations would retain the right to prohibit the installation of an antenna on common property that is not under the licensee's "exclusive use or control."

At press time, the amended language had not yet been formally introduced and no Congressional action had been scheduled. However, sources close to the negotiations have told CQ that eliminating CAI's opposition to the bill should mean that it can be considered as a "non-controversial" measure and move quickly to a vote in both the House and Senate. The complete text of the revised bill language, as agreed to by ARRL and CAI, is on the CAI website at <>.