|CQ Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB,|
with one of the 3D-printed face shields he has
been making for first responders in his home
town of Lincoln, Nebraska.
(Photo by Lincoln Fire Captain Jeff Leaf)
"This is Joe, a citizen hero who lives in Northeast #LNK. Joe has been making protective face shields on his 3D printer since #COVID19 began. He says he has been running his 3D printer 24 hours a day to produce the forehead piece of the mask. His printer can make six per day. He then takes the other components and assembles the face shields. Joe stops by Station #5 every couple of days to drop off his shields. He says he is honored to be able to use his time and materials to help our first responders and other medical providers during this global crisis. Joe, we are honored to know you. We thank you for your generosity and your talents. Your kindness is greatly appreciated! #LFR City of Lincoln - Government Jeff Leaf."
Separately, Joe was honored for his contributions to ham radio as the newest recipient of the YASME Excellence Award. This award is presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to amateur radio through either technical, operating or organizational achievements. Joe was recognized for his kit-building seminars conducted at hamfests and club meetings around the country, and for his contributions as editor of the Kit-Building column for CQ magazine. According to the foundation's announcement, "Joe exemplifies the ‘give back’ and ‘self-teaching’ spirit of ham radio, especially in training youngsters.” The award consists of an engraved globe and a cash grant of $1000.
The foundation also made grants of $5000 each to scholarship programs administered by the ARRL and the Foundation for Amateur Radio.