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Past ARRL President is Among Hamvention 2004 Award Winners:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 23, No 12 on March 20, 2004
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Past ARRL President is Among Hamvention 2004 Award Winners:

Hamvention has named ARRL President Emeritus George S. Wilson III, W4OYI, of Owensboro, Kentucky, the recipient of its 2004 Special Achievement Award. The Hamvention Awards Committee selected Wilson based on his decades of service to Amateur Radio through the ARRL, his public service and emergency communications work and his determination to overcome the debilitating effects of a 1995 stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

A ham since age 16, Wilson--an attorney by profession--has remained active in Amateur Radio for more than 50 years. The ARRL's 11th president, Wilson suffered a stroke on February 11, 1995. During his rehabilitation in July of that year, he stepped down after serving just over three years in the League's top volunteer position. Wilson's legacy includes a near lifelong involvement in the League's emergency and public service communications programs. He remains active in public service and emergency communication, and he continues his League service as a Great Lakes Division Assistant Director.

Honored with Hamvention 2004's top award--Amateur of the Year--is Dave Kopacz, KY1V/VP5X, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. An ARRL member, Kopacz created and funded a program that gives young hams an opportunity each year to win an expenses-paid DXpedition trip to North Caicos Island.

"The Awards Committee feels that it is this kind of support for young people that will assure the future of Amateur Radio," Hamvention's said in announcing the 2004 award winners.

Kopacz developed the "Young Ham Contest Program" last year, and 14-year-old Daniel Bradke, W2AU, was the first DXpedition trip winner. As the selected applicant, Bradke operated as part of the VP5X Contest Group for the CQ World Wide CW contest last November. "I hope to get other hams involved in the program and eventually sponsor kids for every major contest," he said.

Barry Sanderson, KB9VAK, of Indianapolis has been named as recipient of the Hamvention 2004 Technical Excellence Award. The Awards Committee selected Sanderson for developing a multi-channel, multiphase slow-scan television modulation scheme known as Redundant Digital File Transfer (RDFT), formerly known as HDSSTV.

"Not only did Sanderson 'do the math,' but he also wrote the core software routines that allow RDFT to run on personal computers using sound card DSP capabilities," Hamvention said in its announcement. "This allows error-free transmission of computer files via standard Amateur Radio equipment." Sanderson has been a Hamvention forum presenter for the past three years.

Hamvention 2004 is Friday through Sunday, May 14-16, at Hara Arena near Dayton, Ohio. Awards will be presented at a recognition program Saturday, May 15.


The ARRL Letter Vol. 23, No. 12 March 19, 2004

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Past ARRL President is Among Hamvention 2004 Award  
by WA6BPE on March 24, 2004 Mail this to a friend!
That's really too bad, because anyone that has ever met KY1V or read his comments here on knows he's an arrogant jerk and doesn't deserve anything like an "Amateur Of The Year" award.
Past ARRL President is Among Hamvention 2004 Award  
by KC8WCW on March 25, 2004 Mail this to a friend!

Is there an award of any kind in Amateur Radio, that carries any level of significance anyway?
RE: Past ARRL President is Among Hamvention 2004 A  
by KY1V on March 25, 2004 Mail this to a friend!

I don't believe I know you...or vice versa. Why would you make such a statement?

David, KY1V
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