Awards in Pacific NW:
Pacific Northwest VHF'er of the Year
Awarded annually by the Pacific Northwest VHF Society (PNWVHFS) this award is given to the amateur(s) in the Pacific Northwest who have gone above and beyond the call to further VHF+ activity. Recognition may be given for activities such as: Technical Achievement/Advancement, Teaching, "Elmering", Public Service, etc. The PNWVHFS Board of Directors is the jury for these awards. Anyone may nominate someone for this award. Nominations should be sent to the Director in which the amateur resides. He/she will then distribute the nomination to the other members of the board for discussion. The nominee does not need to belong to PNWVHFS.
This award will be awarded annually at the Pacific Northwest VHF conference. Nominations will open approximately 60 days prior to the conference. Watch the PNWVHFS website and stay tuned to the Society email reflector for further info.
2017 - Etienne Scott, K7ATN
For recruiting and mentoring
regional hams in VHF, Microwave, and SOTA activity,
along with developing skills in building antennas
and operating contests, and more. His enthusiasm is
catching and admirable.
2016 - Robert Householder, W7JBU
For successfully starting an active VHF group in southern Oregon,
sharing information with regular meetings and promoting VHF activity
and the Society around the CN82 grid square.
2015 - Jerry Johnson, K0JJ
For his long-time participation and net control service on the Tuesday night
VHF net on 144.240 from his Scappoose, Oregon location. He runs the Tuesday net
and this encourages wide-ranging participation from all over the Pacific Northwest.
He leads by example and is active on all bands. This is how we 'light the fire' in
new VHF members and help existing members refine their equipment and techniques.
2014 - Lou Stober, WA7GCS
For his active participation in the 2-meter
Weak Signal Nets and his 6-meter DX success. Lou has again proved
that optimized antennas along with enthusiasm and effort will make
2013 - Darryl Holman, WW7D
For advancing the art of VHF contest roving in the
Pacific Northwest. He has continually refined everything about his equipment
and strategies for our region, built rover antennas and mounting systems,
often winning his category, been published in QST for flying his airplane
in VHF contests, and best of all for publishing his detailed travelogues,
photo essays and strategy guides on his blog.
2013 - Barry Hansen, K7BWH
For his work in resurrecting and modernizing the PNWVHFS
website, managing the email reflector, supporting the conference planning and
announcements, roving to all the grid squares in Washington state, and for
publishing a highly functional rover location database on the world wide web.
2011 - Mark Van Winkle, K7HPT
For encouraging VHF/UHF/Microwave activity east
of the mountains, where it is very much needed, through grid activations
and mountain topping on contests and weekends, serving all who have followed
2010 - Gabor Horvath, VE7JH (was VE7DXG)
For consistently promoting and encouraging VHF/UHF/Microwave activity in the Pacific Northwest by getting more Vancouver Island hams involved in VHF and by roving and activating Canadian grids for appreciative members and contest operators throughout the Northwest.
2008 - Eric Smith, KB7DQH
For taking such an active role in promoting and encouraging
VHF/UHF/Microwave activity in the Pacific Northwest. From
pioneering efforts in multi-op roving to promoting VHF/UHF weak
signal operations with a 'get on the air' attitude and the many
appearances of the Enterprise II at local ham-radio events.
2007 - Don Krug, K7HSJ
promoting the growth of VHF activity, mentoring new operators and
encouraging them to remain active in Central Oregon. He has also been a
past director and hosted 2 previous society conferences."
2006 - Jim Aguirre, W7DHC
co-founding the society, writing the society newsletter, playing
a major role in organizing the annual conference, representing the
Pacific Northwest on the ARRL VUAC committee and tirelessly helping
to manage the organization."
2005 - Kevin Imel, KF7CN
spending countless hours building and maintaining our website and
email reflector to help keep members in communication with one another
and providing growth and stability to the organization."
2004 - Mike Pinault, W7GHZ
"For being instrumental in getting activity going in Eastern Washington
and Idaho, always being there to help, spreading enthusiasm, sharing
ideas and being helpful with ways to improve our stations."
2003 - Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO
"For helping to initiate the society from scratch, the constant promotion
of the PNWVHFS at hamfests to bring in new members, contesting and rover training, and promoting operation on the higher bands to those who have not experienced them."
2002 - Rick Beatty, W7RNB (was NU7Z)
promoting VHF, UHF, and microwave activity in the Pacific Northwest
through technical support, coordinating group purchases at Down
East Microwave, and bringing the prestigious Microwave Update to
Seattle next year."