Steve Molo, KI4KWR, of Madison, Alabama, has been named CQ magazine Awards Editor, CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. Steve has been active in radio communications for close to 30 years, starting in a REACT group in Pennsylvania. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Radioman, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer before returning to civilian life.
Steve discovered amateur radio in 2005 while in the Navy and living in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2013, he moved to New Jersey, where became very active with the South Jersey DX Association and participated in 160-meter contests with both the N2CW and W2GD teams, placing in the top five several years straight and occasionally in first place.
Since January 2019, Steve has worked for GigaParts in Huntsville, Alabama, as Brand Ambassador for all brands offered by the company. After work, he can generally be found on HF, chasing contacts and rare DX. Steve is currently vice president of the North Alabama DX Club and a member of the Alabama Contest Group, Huntsville Amateur Radio Club and several others. He is currently focusing his award-chasing on the various FT8 awards that have recently become available.
"I look forward to the opportunity to keep CQ readers aware of the available awards in amateur radio," said Molo, "by highlighting long-standing awards that may not be well-known as well as focusing on newer offerings such as FT8 awards."
Molo's first column will appear in the February, 2021 issue of CQ.