Friday, December 11, 2020

Five Receive Yasme Excellence Award + GOTA2C Honored


Hams in Curacao, Finland and the United States are among the latest recipients of the Yasme Foundation's Excellence Award. According to the
ARRL Letter, Brett (PJ2BR) and Helena (PJ2ZZZ) Ruiz were honored for their many contributions to amateur radio in Curacao; Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG, was cited for his work in supporting the online VOACAP software and website for many years; Bob Wilson, N6TV, was recognized for his varied contributions to technical support for manufacturer user groups and the Reverse Beacon Network (he's also an excellent photographer); and Jim Brown, K9YC, was honored for his work with ferrite materials and their use in combatting interference.

A relatively new award is the Newsline International Newsmaker Award, sponsored by Amateur Radio Newsline and in its second year. The 2020 award went to the Get on the Air 2 Care project (GOTA2C), a collaboration between the Radio Society of Great Britain and the United Kingdom's National Health Service to encourage amateurs to get on the air more frequently in order to decrease social isolation resulting from COVID-19-related restrictions on social gatherings. There is also a follow-on Get On The Air 4 Christmas project.