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Nominations Open for George Hart Distinguished Service Award

Posted by af6aq on 3rd October 2011

The George Hart Distinguished Service Award may be presented by the Board of Directors to the ARRL member whose service to the ARRL’s Field Organization is of the most exemplary nature. The Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of George Hart, W1NJM, long-time Communications Manager at ARRL Headquarters and chief developer of the National Traffic System.

Selection criteria include:

Operating record with the National Traffic System; or participation within the Amateur Radio Emergency Service; or

Station appointments and/or leadership positions held within the Field Organization.


Nominations shall be accepted from anyone.

Nominations shall be submitted to the Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager at ARRL HQ by November 1.

Nominations should document as thoroughly as possible the nominee’s lifetime activities and achievements within the Field Organization. It is expected that nominated candidates will have 15 or more years of distinguished service.

The Programs and Services Committee will serve as the Review Committee.

The Board of Directors shall make the final determination at its Annual Meeting in January.

The award shall consist of: An engraved plaque, a cover letter, and coverage in QST.

Nominations for the 2012 George Hart Distinguished Service Award and any related supporting material and letters of recommendation may be sent to ARRL Headquarters to the attention of Dave Patton, NN1N, ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager ( or to Steve Ewald, WV1X (  The nomination period continues until November 1, 2011.

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Posted by af6aq on 3rd October 2011

Nominations are open for the 2011 ARRL International Humanitarian Award <>. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.

A committee appointed by the League’s President recommends the award recipient(s) to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.

Amateur Radio is one of the few telecommunication services that allow people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with each other, thereby spreading goodwill across political boundaries. The ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio’s unique role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly provide to people in need.

Nominations should include a summary of the nominee’s actions that qualify the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, a local or state emergency management official) that benefited from the nominee’s particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the names and addresses of all references.

All nominations and supporting materials for the 2011 ARRL International Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA. Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2011. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient or decide to make no award.

The winner of the ARRL International Humanitarian Award receives an engraved plaque and a profile in QST and other ARRL venues.

Ron Tomo, KE2UK, from New York, was the recipient of the 2010 ARRL International Humanitarian Award. Tomo’s life exemplified Public Service through Amateur Radio, from providing phone patches during the Vietnam War, providing communications support during 9/11 with MARS and the United States Service Command, as well as serving in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Communications Officer playing a pivotal role during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Radio Amateurs Honored for Community Service

Posted by af6aq on 13th June 2011

CONCORD June 9, 2011 – – Radio Amateurs Chuck Graham, KI6DCD and John Primus, AF6RJ Honored for Community Service.

Chuck Graham and John Primus were honored for their founding of educational and training programs in radio and electronics offered to the community at the Annual Banquet of the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club by MDARC president John Ronan, K3ZJJ.

Since founding nearly four years ago, they have successfully graduated nearly 200 students that have received their Amateur Radio licenses from the Federal Communications Commission. Many of the graduates of the program now form the core of emergency and public service communications for greater Contra Costa County.

The educational and training programs are offered by Mr. Graham and Mr. Primus at the Salvation Army Community Center on Clayton Road, Concord. These programs include courses for Amateur Radio licensing at all levels, courses for licensed Amateurs in radio, electronics, and emergency communication. These courses are open for free to all ages, albeit there is a small charge for the textbook.

Chuck Graham is a dedicated Radio Amateur, a member of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), and serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. Mr. Graham has tirelessly and selflessly dedicated himself to public service, emergency communications, and preparedness programs and to the Salvation Army.

John Primus, PhD in Business Administration, a retired university lecture has developed the program courses and recruited a team of nearly 20 instructors. Mr. Primus is now reaching out to other amateur radio clubs, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, and other governmental agencies to train and build their volunteer corps for emergency communication.

At the annual banquet of the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club Mr. Graham received the MDARC Award for Outstanding Dedication to Public Service.

Mr. Primus received a coveted MDARC Kilroy Key award for his dedicated service to the Amateur Radio Community. The Kilroy Key award was established decades ago which sports an antique telegraph key owned by the founder of MDARC in 1946 and placards listing the annual recipients. The antique telegraph key is still functional and is expected to be used on the air at least once by the award recipient.

Members of the Contra Costa County community of all ages are welcome to join the courses offered by Mr. Graham and Mr. Primus which are held throughout the year. Contact information is as follows: For Mr. Graham at, Mr. Primus at, and for amateur radio course information at

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New East Bay Section DXCC Card Checker

Posted by af6aq on 15th December 2010

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Croskey, AH0U, as DXCC card checker for the East Bay section. The best way to reach Bruce for card checking is 925-623-4388 or In the future, he will be developing a schedule to visit local clubs on a regular basis to do card checking.

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NCCC’s 40th Anniversary Special Event

Posted by k6jeb on 20th September 2010


The Northern California Contest Club is having a party and you’re all invited! This year marks 40 years of excellence in amateur radio contesting for NCCC, and to share our excitement, we’re having a special on-air celebration.  It’s the NCCC 40th Anniversary Party — a two week event taking place from September 18 to October 1, 2010, and open to all amateurs worldwide.

During this time period, which includes the NCCC-sponsored Sprints ( and precedes the California QSO Party (, NCCC members and club stations will be “on the air” — ready to have a 40th Year QSO with you.  To facilitate easier identification during this event, NCCC member stations have been encouraged to add “/40” to their callsigns, during non-contest periods.  In addition there will be a few 1×1 special event callsigns assigned, which will also count as NCCC members stations.  A complete list of all eligible NCCC stations and callsigns can be found at:

To further commemorate this event, NCCC is offering an attractive Certificate to anyone who works at least 40 NCCC member stations during this 40th Birthday Party event.

So please mark your calendars now, and help us celebrate 40 Years of memories in this great hobby.  CU On The Air!

Your NCCC 40th Anniversary Committee

Event Details

Eligible Stations:
1. All amateur radio stations may participate.
2. You can work an NCCC station for credit only once regardless of band and mode (see list here)
3. NCCC members are encouraged to add /40 to their call signs for easier identification on-the-air and be as active as possible during this event.

Exact Dates and Time: 0000 UTC September 18 until 2359 UTC October 1, 2010

Bands: All Amateur Radio Bands

Modes: All Modes (CW, Phone, Digital)

Exchange: Recommended (not required):
1. NCCC member stations: RS(T) + California County. This will help you qualify for the NCCC sponsored WACC award.
2. Non-NCCC stations: RS(T) + State. DX stations outside the U.S. and its territories send RS(T) + “DX”.

Note:  Stations operating during contest periods send exchange in accordance with contest rules

40th Anniversary Commemorative Certificate:
1. This special certificate is available for making contacts with at least forty (40) NCCC member stations — any band, any mode — during the event period.
2. No RS(T) data other than worked eligible call signs will be required to apply for the award.
3. Apply for the award online at
4. Please make sure your entry has been submitted by October 31, 2010.

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