Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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.