Monday, June 10, 2019

Milestones: Another Krenkel Award and YASME Recognitions

The E.T. Krenkel Medal is awarded for
"outstanding global contributions to
amateur radio."
(From website)
AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been honored with Russia's E.T. Krenkel Medal for "outstanding global contributions to amateur radio." According to the AMSAT News Service, Spier held several leadership positions in the organization before becoming its president. He is also a longtime supporter of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Spier is the second U.S. ham awarded a Krenkel medal this year. Last month, we reported that Ellen White, W1YL, the grand dame of DXing, had been similarly honored.

The YASME Foundation announced its 2019 Excellence Award winners at the Dayton contest forum. Angel Vazquez, WP3R, the
Head of Telescope Operations at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, was honored for his disaster relief work following Hurricane Maria, and "as an outstanding ambassador for amateur radio," according to a YASME news release. Nikola Percin, 9A5W, was also honored for outstanding work in advancing amateur radio in Croatia and his work in recruiting young amateurs.

In addition, the foundation announced three $5000 grants, one each to the Foundation for Amateur Radio and the ARRL for scholarships, and one to Italy's WRTC2022 committee for "general support." YASME will also sponsor the so-called "Widow's Ball" at WRTC2022.