The Radio Club of
America presented its annual awards at a virtual meeting in November, with the
Youth Achiever Award going to Audrey McElroy, KM4BUN (pictured). Other award recipients
who might be familiar to CQ readers
include Robert Hobday, N2EVG, Director of the Antique
in upstate New York,
and Dale Hatfield, ex-W0IFO, former Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering
|RCA Youth Achiever|
Award winner Audrey
(CQ archive photo)
One of the major
contributors to the WSJT-X Development Group - Bill Somerville, G4WJS - became
a Silent Key in early December. The ARRL
Letter reports that Somerville
was the first person to join group founder Joe Taylor, K1JT, in forming a core
development group for the WSJT suite of programs in 2013.
In addition, two former ARRL staff members joined the ranks of Silent Keys in recent weeks...
Former QST Technical
Editor and author Joel Hallas, W1ZR, became a Silent Key in late November.
According to the ARRL Letter, Hallas had been a ham since 1955. He
retired from full-time work at the League in 2013 but remained on the QST staff
as a contributing editor, writing "The Doctor is In" column and
producing a podcast by the same name. Hallas also wrote six ARRL books,
covering a .variety of topics. He was 79.
Former ARRL Chief
Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, became a Silent Key in December at age
78. She was responsible for the creation of The Diamond Club, The Diamond
Terrace, The Maxim Society, and the Second Century Campaign, among other
initiatives. According to the ARRL, she also served as secretary of the ARRL
Foundation, and during Hurricane Katrina, organized the Ham Aid program that
provides new gear to amateurs who have lost their equipment in disasters.