January 4, 2011
Yasme Excellence Awards
The Yasme Excellence Awards are given to individuals who through their own
service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant contribution
to amateur radio. (http://www.yasme.org/excellence.html) The contribution may be
in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement as all
three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The YASME Foundation
recognizes the following individuals in order to inspire them and others on
behalf of amateur radio now and in the future.
The Awards have been given to the following amateurs --
Ramón Santoyo V, XE1KK who is recognized for his
work in advancing Mexican ham radio and representation within the international
radio community. In addition, Ramón serves as IARU Region 2 Secretary. He has
been a tireless advocate of amateur radio in Central America and a strong
proponent of radiosport and the World Radiosport Team Championships. Voices like
Ramón's help the amateur community work together worldwide, strengthening our
position and reputation as important members of the wireless community.
Makoto (Mako) Mori, JE3HHT who deserves much credit
for popularizing RTTY by writing the MMTTY software modem and making it
available for integration into logging software. He also wrote MMVARI, which
implements other popular digital modes, and several other digital mode software
products. MMTTY is a great product and Mako has exhibited great ham spirit with
a huge effect as can be observed as RTTY operation continues to be the fastest
growing mode of HF digital operation.
Bruce Horn, WA7BNM
who continues to generate useful and innovative web sites including a complete
upgrade of his excellent contest calendar Web site. Bruce supports contesting
with a web site that enables contesters to convert paper and other forms of
contest logs to Cabrillo format. His 3830 score reporting and compilation
service has changed the nature of radiosport. Bruce was also a key player in the
initial efforts to develop methods of exchanging scoring information in the
web-friendly XML format.
Rick Meuthing, KN6KB
for developing the new WINMOR sound-card digital mode software now gaining wide
use in the worldwide Winlink 2000 system. Many attempts at approaching the
performance of the proprietary PACTOR III protocol and hardware failed before
WINMOR, attesting to the difficulty of the problem. Rick also invented an
improved "channel busy" detector that senses many different types of modulation
and will drastically reduce the inter mode QRM common from other semi-automated
Mikael Styrefors, SM2O who
has developed the Remote Radio Interface. The ability to connect radios and
operators transparently and robustly over the Internet is a key technological
element of putting top-grade remote HF stations on the air - something more
common every day. Remote stations will undoubtedly be important and popular in
making and keeping amateur radio available to urban and suburban amateurs as
they deal with mounting antenna restrictions and an increasingly noise-filled
and interference-prone electromagnetic environment.
Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA for developing DX Atlas, Morse Runner,
HAM-CAP, CW Skimmer, Rocky and other innovative software. Alex's products are
making a remarkable impact on the competitive HF operating environment. The
quality of the software is remarkable, and having it available to the amateur
community at little or no cost demonstrates excellent ham spirit. Programs like
these are rapidly expanding the technological frontier of radio in general and
are prime examples of how amateurs can continue to make contributions.
Pepe Ardid, EA5KB who makes it possible for many Latin
American DXers, who are in many cases saddled with deficient postal services and
QSL Bureaus, to confirm contacts with attractive and unique QSL cards.
Confirmations are rapid and he confirms not only direct but via bureau as well.
Pepe contributes countless hours of service in support of his fellow amateurs so
they can continue to participate in one of amateur radio's most cherished
For additional information about the Yasme Foundation, visit our Web site at
www.yasme.org. On behalf of The Yasme Foundation, congratulations to the winners!
Wayne A. Mills, N7NG, President
The Yasme Foundation
Directors -- K3ZO, N7NG, N0AX, OH2BH, W6BSY, W6OAT, W6RGG, W6SZN