Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Skyler Fennell, KD0WHB, Named 2016 Young Ham of the Year

2016 Young Ham of the Year Skyler Fennell, KD0WHB (L)
at Huntsville Hamfest with CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU.
In the background are Yaesu's Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV (L)
and Gordon West, WB6NOA, representing Heil Sound.
(Photo by and courtesy of Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB)
Eighteen-year-old Skyler Fennell, KD0WHB, of Littleton, Colorado, is this year's recipient of the Bill Pasternak Memorial Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. He was presented with the award and various gifts from corporate sponsors at the Huntsville Hamfest in mid-August. 

A freshman at New Mexico Tech, Skyler has been building electronic projects since he was in third grade. He started a ham radio club at his high school and is trustee of its station, and is active in satellites and amateur radio on high altitude balloons. 

At the Huntsville ceremony, Skyler was carrying with him a portable, internet-linked, 902-MHz repeater built around two Motorola handhelds. He received radio equipment from Yaesu, RadioWavz, and Heil Sound, as well as a week at Space Camp from CQ magazine.