The Dayton Hamvention® Awards Committee has
announce its 2022 honorees. The Dayton awards are considered among the most
prestigious in amateur radio. The Amateur of the Year award goes to the
Hamvention's own Jim Simpson, KF8J. A member of the Hamvention Committee
continuously since 1973, Simpson twice served as General Chairman and has held
a variety of other posts both within the Hamvention Committee and the parent
Dayton Amateur Radio Association. He also founded the Xenia Weather Radio
Network after the town that now hosts the Hamvention was devastated by a tornado
in 1974, and has been instrumental in forming and continuing to help with the
4-H Amateur Radio Club in Xenia.
This year's Technical Achievement award goes to Adam
Farson, VA7OJ/AB4OJ, in recognition of his decades of service in providing
independent technical support for various HF radios, particularly ICOMs. He
also conducts and reports on independent measurements of nearly all new radios,
and has produced the only data radio for hobbyists that clearly delineates the
performance of software defined radios (SDRs) across the spectrum of band noise
The Hamvention's Special Achievement award this
year goes to Kerry Banke, N6IZW. A microwave RF engineer, Banke has been a key
contributor to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
program, designing and building both flight hardware and test equipment to
certify the spaceworthiness of ARISS gear.
The 2022 Club of the Year is Ohio's Highland Amateur
Radio Association, based in rural Highland County. The club has nearly 150 members,
maintains five repeaters, hosts two weekly nets with average attendance of 28
hams, and holds both monthly and bi-monthly programs. Members are involved with
emergency communications, Parks on the Air, and volunteer examining.
The awards will be presented at the Dayton
Hamvention in May, the first in-person gathering for the event since 2019.