The YASME Foundation has recognized the contributions of two amateurs with its Excellence Award and announced grant support of six organizations, according to the ARRL Letter. Pekka Ketonen, OH1TV, is being honored for his many technical innovations; and Hani Raad, OD5TE, is being recognized for his work in promoting amateur radio throughout the Arab world and reintroducing amateur license exams in his home country of Lebanon.
The organizations supported include the Radio Club d'Haiti, with an additional grant for purchasing emergency communications equipment; LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, to buy gear for a station at its new headquarters in San Francisco; and WRTC 2018, to sponsor the "Ham Widows' Ball" for family members of participants.
In addition, the CWOps group is accepting nominations for its annual award for "advancing the art of CW." Qualifying activities include writing CW-related books and articles; recruiting, training and mentoring new CW operators, organizing CW activities and more. Nomination deadline if April 15, 2017. For more information, visit <http://www.cwops.org/awards.html>.