While there won't be an in-person Dayton
Hamvention® this year, the Hamvention Awards Committee continued its tradition
of honoring the achievements of outstanding amateurs, and three of its four 2021
awardees have their heads in the stars … literally!
This year's Amateur of the Year is Angel Vazquez,
WP3R, Head of Telescope Operations at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. In
addition to his many ham radio activities associated with the observatory, such
as using the big dish antenna for a moonbounce effort in 2010, Angel also provided
emergency communications for area families every day for eight weeks after
Hurricane Maria in 2017. He is currently deeply involved in plans to rebuild
the main radiotelescope at Arecibo following its collapse last year.
The 2021 Technical Achievement Award goes to "the
Space Weather Woman," Dr. Tamitha Mulligan Skov, WX6SWW. Skov is a research
scientist for The Aerospace Corporation, teaches space weather forecasting at
Millersville University and has a weekly video podcast. A ham since 2018, she has
also spoken at various hamfests and club meetings.
Wes Lamboley, W3WL, is this year's recipient of
Dayton's Special Achievement award. A veteran of the aerospace industry, Wes
has been a ham for more than 65 years. He was recognized for what the awards
committee described as "his lifetime high-energy support for the science
and art of amateur radio (including) youth coaching membership recruiting and
technical problem assistance." He ha also been an active DXpeditioner,
taking part in five Southwest Ohio DX Association "DXpeditions of the
The Club of the Year Award for 2021 goes to
Virginia's Vienna Wireless Society, which has grown to be the largest and most
active amateur radio club in the Washington, DC area. Its public service work includes
providing communications for the annual Marine Corps Marathon and being part of
the presidential inauguration security team.
The Hamvention committee did not indicate where
or when this year's awards will be presented. The Hamvention itself has been
cancelled this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.