• Projects at YOTA 2016
  • WRTC 2018, sponsored by Yasme
  • 4V1JR QSL Card 2015
  • HSØAC Reconstruction 2014
  • ET/KB3WWU at YOTA 2016
  • YOTA 2016 OE2YOTA
  • Friendship Radio Games 2015
  • ET/KB3WWY at ES9C for IARU Youth Contesting Program
  • Friendship Radio Games 2015
  • Colvin QSL Collection at Dokufunk, Austria
  • Members of the Kosovo SHRAK at their Field Day during the IARU Championship.
  • Members of the Kosovo amateur radio association (SHRAK) celebrate IARU membership with regulators.
  • Gordon J73GAR giving a license class to future Dominica hams Edward, Gilbert, Alpha, Anna.
  • Dominica hams in training - Hilkiah, Gilbert, Edward, Anna, and Alpha
  • Majdi Bahrouni - one of the members of the Amateur Radio Association of Tunisia who will be attending the YOTA 2017 Conference in the U.K. in July.
  • Ahmad Boubaker, also a member of the Amateur Radio Association of Tunisia who will be attending the YOTA 2017 Conference with Majdi Bahrouni.
  • Yasme President, Ward Silver NØAX met Joe Speroni, AHØA at the recent Communications Academy, held in Seattle in April 2018. Joe is a Yasme Excellence Award winner from 2013 and is well-known for his website (http://www.ah0a.org/AH0A.html) that tracks amateur statistics around the world.
  • Vjollca Z61VB and Martti OH2BH at the Yasme Board of Directors meeting at the annual International DX Convention in Visalia, California.

Welcome to The Yasme Foundation website!

Yasme is a storied word in amateur radio DX circles. DX stands for “distance” and the sailboats for which Yasme is named certainly covered their share of DX, crossing the oceans and dropping anchor at exotic islands some six decades ago. In turn, amateurs around the world, the “DX-ers,” would then try to contact the Yasme captain, Danny Weil, VP2VB, an amateur operator of reknown.

Over the years, The Yasme Foundation has grown from a support group for those original Yasme adventures into a worldwide foundation supporting projects that help amateur radio flourish. We recognize the volunteers who keep amateur radio vital and vigorous in its second century and sponsor awards for hams (amateur radio operators) who make long-distance DX contacts on the air. This updated website tells our story and explains our mission. We hope you enjoy your visit and, even more, hope to meet you on the air!

73, Ward Silver, NØAX
President, The Yasme Foundation
1 August 2016

 


Kip Edwards W6SZN – Silent Key – 6 June 2018

  • We are profoundly sad to note that our friend and colleague, Kip, died today.   Kip was a Yasme Director for many years and served as Yasme Secretary.  To many, he was the face of Yasme through correspondence and personal interactions.  He will be sorely missed.   73, Kip…from your many friends.

Born in Wichita, Kansas in 1947, Kip was first licensed as KNØPID at the age of 11. Along with his older brother Craig, KNØPHC, they built a 40 meter transmitter and a Heathtkit AR-3, strung up a longwire and were on the air. The family moved to Washington state and Kip became KN7GGC and later K7GGC. Golf, girls and college soon replaced amateur radio.

Newly married in 1968, Kip and his wife moved to Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1971. After a stint as a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, Kip joined a major law firm in San Francisco as an associate in 1972 and became a partner in 1978.

Ham Radio Outlet had its main store at the time next to the railroad tracks in Burlingame, California. Intrigued by the big antennas on the roof of the building as he rode the commute train to and from work, Kip visited the store and came away with a Kenwood receiver. It was 1976 and everyone was signing what sounded like exotic DX calls but which were really only stateside stations. In short order, Kip passed the Amateur Extra exam and became W6SZN.

The contesting and DXing bugs bit soon, and hard. Kip was a member of the Northern California Contest Club and served as President and editor of The JUG, the club’s newsletter. He was honored as Contester of the Year in 1982. He was also a member of the Northern California DX Club and served as that club’s President and received the club’s DXer of the Year award in 1988. Kip was on the DXCC Honor Roll and held 9BDXCC and 5BWAS.

DXpeditions include 3D2XX Rotuma (first to activate the new country in 1988-awarded World Contest Expedition by CQ Magazine), F0XX Clipperton (1986), FO0KP (1981), VP5KP (1982—10th in the world CQWW S/O SSB), TI1C (1983—First in the world CQWW M/M SSB), G4/W6SZN (1983), FM/W6SZN (1984-8th in the world CQWW S/O CW) and P40V (1987).

Kip was formerly a Director of NCDXF in the 1980s and served as Editor of the NCDXF Newsletter and the WWDXC Totem Tabloid.  He was a Director and Secretary of The Yasme Foundation, Life Member of the ARRL, Life Member of CW Ops, the Maxim Society of the ARRL, and a member of the Northern California Contest Club, the Northern California DX Club, the Western Washington DX Club, and a founding member of the Kitsap County DX Club.


YOTA 2018 – South Africa – August 2018

This year’s Youngsters On The Air Summer Camp will be held in Gauteng, South Africa from 8-15 August 2018. (This is actually midwinter in South Africa!)  Yasme is supporting YOTA 2018 with a grant in support of travel expenses for participants in Africa and developing countries, as well as providing some equipment for an HF station.  You can read more about the event in this ARRL News story.

YOTA representatives, Florian Zwingl OE3FTA and Koos Fick ZR6KF traveled to the recent Dayton Hamvention (May 18-20) with Yasme assistance to promote YOTA and the YOTA 2018 Summer Camp.  They met a number of Region 2 representatives, including IARU President, Tim Ellan VE6SH, and numerous hams who learned about YOTA and getting some YOTA activity going in Region 2.

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(Left to right: VE6SH, OE3FTA, ZR6KF, Reinaldo Leandro YV5AM


Ham Radio 2.0 and HamSCI

At the May 2018 Dayton Hamvention, Yasme sponsored an area called “Ham Radio 2.0 – Innovation and Discovery” along with an adjacent booth for the HamSCI team.  The area was part of an experimental “2.0 Row” area in the Volta Building supported by the Hamvention that also included the Youth Tech area where younger attendees assembled electronic kits and the FIRST Robotics organization was represented by a robotics team.  The goal was to promote forward-leaning activities and topics along with publicizing the HamSCI successes in sponsoring the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) and initiating a series of peer-reviewed papers about the historic collaboration between amateurs and researchers as summed up in this story about the SEQP from the Gizmodo publishing service.  Talks from both groups were presented on Friday and Saturday covering everything from satellites to summits to solar science and high-altitude ballooning – even cool QSLs!

Broadband Digital Satellite Systems Michelle Thompson, W5NYV
Ray Tracing & the SEQP Josh Vega, WB2JSV
SatNOGS Automated Stns Pierros Papadeas, SV1QVE
Internet Telegraph Scotty Cowling, WA2DFI
NPOTA – First Steps Laura Steinberger, WZ8C
The FT8 Advantage Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
AMSAT – Fox & Golf Satellites Jerry Buxton, NØJY
Cool QSLs Jeff Murray, K1NSS
SOTA Keith Schlottman, KR7RK
WSJT Modes Ria Jairam, N2RJ & Dave Fisher NX6D
ARDF with LIDAR data Matt Robbins, AA9YH
SuperDARN Eclipse Results Magda Moses, KM4EGE
ARHAB Balloon Data Bill Brown, WB8ELK
DX Display and HARC Dbase Bill Engelke, AB4EJ
Real-time Contest Scoreboards Victor Androsov, VA2WA
Software Defined Ionospheric Radar Bob McGwier, N4HY

(All talks are being published on the HamSCI website.)

The HamSCI booth reps in their lab coats – left to right – Vicky Luetzelschwab AE9YL, Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA, Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF, and Bob McGwier N4HY.

Bill Brown WB8ELK gave an standing-room-only talk about launching high-altitude balloons and using amateur radio to transmit the telemetry stream.

Jeff Murray, K1NSS designs custom QSLs and amateur radio artwork – he gave a talk on the history of art in ham radio and how QSLs are developed.


Contest University (CTU)

Sponsored and organized by Tim Duffy, K3LR with the support of Icom America and the World Wide Radio Operator’s Foundation (WWROF), Yasme also made a grant in support of this all-day series of seminars about contest operating and technical topics associated with competitive amateur radio, such as receive antennas, station design, and grounding and bonding.  CTU was attended by more than 200 amateurs of all ages from around the world.

About one-third of the total audience at CTU with K3LR as the day began.  Presentations, including recorded video, will be available via the CTU website.


Hamvention and DARA

In 2017, the Dayton Amateur Radio Association successfully moved the entire Hamvention from Hara Arena to the Greene County Fairgrounds within just a few months time, keeping the event alive and thriving.  Yasme recognized this feat with an Excellence Award and NØAX was on-hand this year to give the award to DARA at the Hamvention.  DARA also prides itself on supporting organizations from Hamvention proceeds and Yasme was pleased and surprised to be the recipient of a $1000 donation from DARA – thank you!

Ron Cramer KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman and Jeff DeVoe K8JTD, DARA Senior Trustee receiving the Yasme Excellence Award from NØAX.

Jeff DeVoe K8JTD presenting the Yasme Foundation’s NØAX with the donation check.


The Yasme Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. Yasme supports various projects relating to amateur radio, with an emphasis on developing amateur radio in emerging countries and encouraging youth participation in amateur radio.