News Releases

NEW DIRECTOR – MARTY WOLL, N6VI

August 21, 2018

We are very pleased to announce that Marty Woll, N6VI is the newest Yasme Foundation Director.  Marty brings a wealth of experience in ham radio, including serving as Vice Director for the ARRL’s Southwestern Division for a number of years.  Congratulations, Marty and thank you for supporting Yasme!  Please see the About Us / Contact Info page for more information about Marty.

YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND SUPPORTING GRANT

November 6, 2017, St. Charles, MO

The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award:

Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA)–to pick up the world’s largest amateur radio event on a few months notice and move it to a completely different facility is a daunting task. That it went so smoothly was a testament to the extraordinary efforts of the 600 volunteers and event leadership.

Paul Verhage KD4STH and Bill Brown WB8ELK–for their leadership and continued technical innovation in amateur radio high-altitude ballooning (ARHAB – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-altitude_balloon). While not the traditional means of introduction, ARHAB is exposing hundreds of students to amateur radio through an interest in science experimentation. Both have written extensively about ARHAB and have contributed material to the ARRL Handbook.

Nathaniel Frissell W2NAF and Magda Moses KM4EGE–for creating and leading the HamSCI (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation) organization that sponsored the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). The SEQP was the largest amateur radio experiment ever devised and generated the world’s most extensive set of HF propagation observations during an eclipse. Beyond the SEQP, HamSCI is attracting the interest of professional/academic researchers such as from numerous universities, the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico, MIT’s Haystack Observatory, and HAARP facility in Alaska.

The WSJT Development Team–initially the work of Joe Taylor, K1JT, the WSJT software is now maintained and extended by a team of developers led by Bill Somerville, G4WJS; Steve Franke, K9AN; Greg Beam, KI7MT; Michael Black, W9MDB; Edson Pereira, PY2SDR; and Nico Palermo, IV3NWV; along with Joe Taylor. Their latest digital mode, FT8, combines the extraordinary low-SNR performance of JT9 and JT65 with a much faster decoding and exchange process.

Dale Hughes, VK1DSH–for his excellent work as Chairman of the Amateur Working Group in ITU-R Working Party 5A and as Chairman of the sub Working Group dealing with a worldwide 60 meter amateur allocation during World Radiocommunication Conference 2015.

The Board also made a grant to Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, for his production and distribution of videos of interest to the amateur radio community through Ham Radio Now and YouTube.

2017

2017

YASME SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

June 12, 2017 St. Charles MO (updated July 6, 2017)

Kevin O’Brien, KK4AXG has been awarded the Yasme Scholarship for 2017 by the ARRL Foundation. Congratulations to Kevin and all ARRL Foundation scholarship recipients!  Special thanks to the ARRL Foundation for administering this excellent scholarship program.  Kevin will be attending Georgia Tech in the fall to being his studies in the field of Computer Science.

Austin Schaller, KDØFAA has been award the Yasme Scholarship for 2017 by the Foundation for Amateur Radio. Austin will be a senior at LeTourneau University this  year, finishing studies in electrical engineering. Afterward, he plans on attending graduate school and is pursuing a career in wireless technology.

Austin Schaller, KDØFAA, – FAR Yasme Scholarship awardee for 2017.

KDØFAA’s 900 MHz software-defined radio PCB. The radio will support 4 Mbps data rates and several modulations, outputting up to 30 dBm (1 W).

YASME FOUNDATION GRANTS IN 2017

June 12, 2017 St. Charles MO

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has awarded grants to the following organizations and individuals:

-RSGB (in support of YOTA 2017 sponsorship – see below)

-ARRL Foundation for the Yasme Scholarship (see additional news item above)

Foundation for Amateur Radio in support of their scholarship program

Yasme congratulates all of the recipients for their work on behalf of amateur radio around the world.

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO SUPPORT YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN AMATEUR RADIO

May 1, 2017 St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce several grants in furtherance of Yasme’s goal of encouraging youth participation in amateur radio and operating activities. The Yasme Foundation encourages amateurs to support activities that promote amateur radio and result in new licensees around the world.

The seventh edition of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) conference will take place in August 2017 in North London (www.ham-yota.com). Over 100 young amateurs from all IARU regions will gather to participate in a series of programs and workshops about amateur radio as well as inter-cultural exchanges and social interaction. Gatherings such as YOTA exemplify the ability of amateurs to work together across national borders and ethnicities in the best “ham spirit” of friendship. The Yasme Board is pleased to assist in helping young amateurs attend this meeting that otherwise would be unable to attend.
Continuing its support of YOTA that began in 2016, the Board is pleased to announce that it has made grants to young amateur radio operators to support their attendance at the 2017 YOTA conference, as follows:

  • A grant to make possible the attendance of two Ethiopian amateur radio operators at the 2017 YOTA conference
  • A grant to make possible the attendance of two Tunisian amateur radio operators at the 2017 YOTA conference
  • A grant to make possible the attendance of two Kosovo amateur radio operators at the 2017 YOTA conference

The Board has also made a grant to Kevin Richardson, GØPEK, and his daughter Lauren, M6HLR, for the purchase of ARDF and HF, VHF and UHF portable radio equipment in support of their activities to encourage youth involvement in amateur radio in the United Kingdom.

Yasme has been a frequent supporter of Contest University (CTU) (www.contestuniversity.com). Earlier this year the Board made a grant to CTU to facilitate the attendance of Dr. Tamitha Skov at this year’s Dayton Hamvention CTU session. Dr. Skov is a Research Scientist at The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles, California and is a frequent lecturer in the fields of solar and space physics. She makes regular “Spaceweather TV” presentations on her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/SpWxfx. Dr. Skov is one of the Professors at the 2017 CTU in Ohio and her talk is entitled “The Wonderful World of Space Weather.”

THE YASME FOUNDATION ELECTS DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

April 28, 2017 St. Charles, MO

At its annual meeting held at the 2017 International DX Convention in Visalia, California, the Board of Directors elected the following directors and officers:

  • Ward Silver, NØAX, President and Director
  • Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President and Director
  • Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
  • Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Secretary and Director
  • Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
  • Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
  • Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
  • Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Director

The Board welcomed Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, as the new Vice-President and expressed its appreciation to Fred Laun, K3ZO, for his many years of service to Yasme as Vice-President and for his willingness to remain on the Board as a Director.

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE, YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND YEAR-END SUPPORTING GRANTS

January 2, 2017 St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce that it has completed a substantial revision of its website at www.yasme.org The new website contains information on Yasme’s history, past recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award, prior grants, the Yasme Awards and an updated listing of eligible call signs. The website also makes available complete copies of The Yasme News published in the late 1950s by Dick Spenceley, KV4AA (SK), all prior Yasme press releases and information about the Yasme book authored by Jim Cain, K1TN. All readers are encouraged to spend a few minutes at the new website.
The Board is also pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award as described below. The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board has awarded the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

  • Pekka Ketonen, OH1TV, in recognition of his many innovations, such as the Opposite Voltage Feed concept for amateur radio antennas, and for documenting his work in English to make it widely available.
  • Hani Raad, OD5TE, in recognition of his work advancing amateur radio in Lebanon and the Arabic Region and his efforts related to the reintroduction of amateur radio examinations in Lebanon.

The Board is also pleased to announce a number of supporting grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of amateur radio:

  • A further grant to the Radio Club d’Haiti for the acquisition of radios to be used for emergency communications
  • A grant to the Mongolian Radio Sports Federation for the acquisition of laptop computers for use in the Federation’s High Speed Telegraphy competition
  • A grant to the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the acquisition of amateur radio equipment for the station at the new headquarters in San Francisco, California
  • A grant to the Amateur Radio Society of Dominica for the acquisition of amateur radio training materials and the donation of a transceiver, power supply, tuner and headset
  • A grant to WRTC 2018 for the sponsorship of the Ham Widows’ Ball
  • A grant to the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand for support of the HSØAC club station
2016

2016

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO SUPPORT YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN AMATEUR RADIO

June 15, 2016, St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce three grants in furtherance of Yasme’s goal of encouraging youth participation in amateur radio and operating activities. The Yasme Foundation encourages amateurs to support activities that promote amateur radio and result in new licensees around the world.

The sixth edition of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) conference will take place in July 2016 in Wagrain, Austria (www.ham-yota.com). Over 100 young amateurs from all IARU regions will gather in the Austrian Alps to participate in a series of programs and workshops about amateur radio as well as inter-cultural exchanges and social interaction. Gatherings such as YOTA exemplify the ability of amateurs to work together across national borders and ethnicities in the best “ham spirit” of friendship. The Yasme Board is pleased to assist in helping young amateurs attend this meeting that otherwise would be unable to attend.

1. Amateur Radio Association of the Republic of Kosovo (SHRAK)

The Yasme grant will enable two youth amateur radio operators from Kosovo to attend the YOTA conference. This will be the first time these amateurs will have travelled outside their home country. SHRAK was recently admitted to the IARU as a member society, an additional step toward enabling Kosovo to be added to the ARRL DXCC entity list.

2. Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (EARS)

Two youth operators from EARS will also be attending the YOTA conference. This extends Yasme’s support of the ET3AA station and the previous grant enabling travel by EARS members to participate in the 2016 ARI International DX Contest from Estonia. EARS member participation furthers amateur radio activity from eastern Africa and encourages interest in amateur radio by other African youth.

3. North American Participants

Three young amateurs from the United States will also attend the YOTA meeting with the assistance of the Yasme grant and a similar grant from the Northern California DX Foundation. As invited members of IARU in ITU Region 2, it is the hope of both Boards that they will return with ideas for extending the successes of YOTA to young North American amateurs.

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SUPPORTING GRANTS

May 27, 2016, St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce a number of supporting grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of amateur radio. The grants announced in this press release are in support of encouraging youth participation in amateur radio and operating activities. The Yasme Foundation encourages amateurs to support activities that promote amateur radio and result in new licensees around the world.

Scholarships and Youth Programs

  • A grant to the ARRL Foundation to fund The Yasme Foundation scholarship
  • A grant to the Foundation for Amateur Radio in support of its 2017-2018 scholarship program
  • A grant to make possible the participation by two Ethiopian young amateurs in the Youth Contesting Program in Estonia

HF Operating Around the World

  • A grant to the DX Code of Conduct founder and website operator (www.dx-code.org)
  • A grant to the 2016 Friendship Radio Games

YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS

May 26, 2016, St. Charles, MO

The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

  • Tim Duffy, K3LR: While Tim is involved in many facets of amateur radio, the Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of his adaptation and development of the Contest University (CTU), now in its tenth year. CTU has not only reached hundreds of amateurs around the world, but it has also inspired others to create their own CTU-format training programs in other fields. Tim’s dedication to CTU is in the finest traditions of amateur radio’s self-teaching and training.
  • Carole Perry, WB2MGP: The Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of Carole’s many years of contributions to teaching and mentoring youth interested in amateur radio and her efforts in organizing and promoting the interests of young operators. This youth-oriented work becomes more and more important to amateur radio with every passing year. Carole’s dedication to this work, including through the Radio Club of America, is in the finest traditions of amateur radio’s self-teaching and training.
  • Tom Rauch, W8JI: The Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of Tom’s many contributions to the technical advancement of the amateur service. Tom’s willingness to provide education and direction to amateurs through his website (www.w8ji.com) and other communications is a prime example of hams mentoring, teaching and training each other in the finest traditions of amateur radio.
2015

2015

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF DIRECTOR CHARLES “MAC” McHENRY, JR., W6BSY

December 21, 2015, St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation recognizes Director Charles “Mac” McHenry, Jr., W6BSY as he retires from the organization after many years of service. Mac’s association with Yasme spans decades, during which DXing, operating and amateur radio have witnessed many changes. We are honored to have had the benefit of his leadership and wisdom.

Mac’s association with Yasme dates back to the time when Lloyd and Iris Colvin were on their around-the-world DXpedition, visiting 221 DXCC countries and operating in about two-thirds of them. Yasme volunteers answered over 750,000 QSL requests. If you are lucky enough to have a handwritten Yasme QSL card, chances are very good that Mac was the one who filled out the card, stuffed it in an envelope and sent it off to you.

On behalf of Yasme and of the many amateurs Yasme has assisted or recognized over the years of your directorship, the Board of Directors conveys upon Mac the title of Director Emeritus, a first for our organization. We wish him smooth sailing in the future — thank you, Mac!

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SUPPORTING GRANTS

December 21, 2015, St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce a number of supporting grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of amateur radio.

Our grants fall into several areas as shown below. The Yasme Foundation encourages amateurs to support activities that promote amateur radio and result in new licensees around the world.

Scholarships and Youth Programs

  • A grant to the ARRL Foundation to fund the Yasme Foundation scholarship
  • A grant to the Foundation for Amateur Radio in support of its 2016 scholarship program
  • A grant to the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) program to support programs aimed at promoting amateur radio among those under age 26 throughout IARU Region 1
  • A grant to the ARRL Teacher’s Institute to fund one teacher’s attendance at the 2016 Teacher’s Institute on Wireless Technology

Scientific and Technical Programs

  • A grant to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program in support of its effort to place higher power amateur radio equipment on the Columbia Module and standardize the equipment configuration
  • A grant to the Northern California DX Foundation Beacon Project to update the beacon station in Sri Lanka
  • A grant to the Reverse Beacon Network to build and install a node that will provide coverage in an area identified as both underserved and of particular interest to propagation studies

HF Operating Around the World

  • A grant to a representative of the Haiti Amateur Radio Club for the purchase of amateur radio training materials to be used for training sessions of future licensees in Haiti and the donation of a Kenwood TS-440S transceiver for use by the new licensees
  • A grant to the International Amateur Radio Club at ITU-Geneva (4U1ITU) for station maintenance and the acquisition of needed equipment
  • A grant to WRTC-2018 in support of ongoing expenses and to encourage organizations and individuals to support this important event
  • A grant to the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society club station ET3AA to acquire a new computer, interfaces and programs to be used for logging and operating digital modes and to purchase new headsets

Organizations Supporting Amateur Radio

  • A grant to the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) in support of their ongoing activities
  • A grant to Dokufunk, the Research and Documentation Center for the History of Radio Communications and the Electronic Media in Vienna, Austria, in support of its activities to preserve the history of radio communications

We wish all radio amateurs around the world a prosperous and happy new year on the airwaves!

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES YASME EXCELLENCE AWARD TO N1MM+ DEVELOPMENT TEAM

November 13, 2015, St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has awarded the Yasme Excellence Award to the N1MM+ Development Team: Tom Wagner, N1MM; Rick Ellison, N2AMG; Steve London, N2IC; John Bednar, K3CT; Nikolay Safronov, NA3M; Pete Smith, N4ZR; Andreas Hofman, KU7T; Larry Gauthier, K8UT; and Richard Ferch, VE3KI. The initial N1MM Classic is a sophisticated logging program offered at no cost to contesters around the world. N1MM+ is a major revision to the original program and was a completely volunteer effort of thousands of programmer-hours to rewrite and test more than 250,000 lines of code. (www.n1mm.com) The program continues to be made available without charge and continues to be refined on a regular basis, supported by an extensive user group and full documentation.

The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to those who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper.

YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS

August 5, 2015, St. Charles, MO

The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

  • Mike Mertel, K7IR, for his revolutionary invention of a tunable Yagi antenna that was later made available to the amateur radio community under the brand name SteppIR
  • Koos Fockens, PAØKDF, for his investigations, measurements and publications regarding noise in the amateur radio bands that played a key role in the global fight against Broadband Over Power Line (BPL) interference
  • James Ying, N2IW, for his creation of an on-line scheduling application that was used by many W1AW/portable operations during the 2014 ARRL Centennial and remains available without charge

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SUPPORTING GRANTS

July 28, 2015, St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce that it has made supporting grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the development of amateur radio, as follows:

  • A grant to the Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Radio Team Championship for the organizational and licensing fees associated with two special call sign stations
  • A grant to the Reverse Beacon Network for the purchase of the equipment necessary to establish a node at the ET3AA club station in Ethiopia
  • A grant to a representative of the Voodoo Contest Group for the purchase of amateur radio training materials to be used for training sessions of future licensees in Liberia

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF TWO DIRECTORS

March 6, 2015 (Corrected), St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce that it has elected Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, and Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, to the Board, effective with the forthcoming Annual Meeting at Visalia, California. This action brings the number of Directors to nine.

Mr. Claerbout was first licensed in 1977 and is an active DXer and contester. He was the founder of the popular webinar program, initiated while he was serving as President of the Potomac Valley Radio Club. Mr. Claerbout has been instrumental in working with the students of the ET3AA club station who regularly activate Ethiopia on the HF bands.

Mr. Blondeel Timmerman was first licensed in 1980. He served as IARU Region 1 President for six years beginning in 2008 and is President and Board Member of the European DX Foundation. Mr. Timmerman is an active DXer and contester and has operated from 80 DXCC countries.

THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND OTHER ACTIONS FOR 2014

January 5, 2015, St. Charles, MO

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following actions and awards:

The Yasme Excellence Awards

The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper.

1. Yasme Excellence Awards have been made to the following individuals during 2014:

  • Kimo Chun, KH7U, for his 20 years of behind-the-scenes support to DXpeditions to Pacific entities, including logistics, organization, equipment, local contacts and planning
  • Dick Flagg, AH6NM, for his years of working with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) groups and in supporting NASA’s Radio Jove project , all designed to introduce amateur radio to the public, particularly students of all ages
  • Florin-Cristian Predescu, YO9CNU and Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, for their work in organizing and promoting Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) and amateur radio youth activities

2. California Historical Radio Society

  • The Board made a grant of $ 9,500 to the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) to fund the Maxwell Library and Maxwell Archives Room in support of Jim Maxwell’s, W6CF (SK) efforts to maintain the history of amateur radio.

3. Foundation for Amateur Radio

  • The Board made a grant of $ 5,000 to the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) to be used in FAR’s scholarship program.

4. International Amateur Radio Union Region 1

  • The Board made a grant of $ 5,000 to IARU Region 1 in support of youth activities in amateur radio.

5. Bruce Horn, WA7BNM

  • The Board made a grant of $ 2,000 to Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, for providing Web-based services to the Amateur Radio community. The Board encourages others to add their support of online services which are often freely provided to the amateur community by individuals who develop and maintain the services at their own expense.

6. Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society for Development (ERASD)

  • The Board made a grant of $2,000 to IARU Region 1 earmarked for the support of the Egyptian Radio Amateur Society for Development (ERASD).

7. World Wide Radio Operators Foundation

  • The Board made a grant of $ 2,000 to the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) in recognition of their support for The Yasme Foundation and other amateur radio groups, its support of international radiosport activities, and for providing webinars to the amateur radio community.

8. ARRL Foundation

  • The Board made a grant of $ 3,000 to the ARRL Foundation in support of the Foundation’s scholarship program.

9. ARRL Second Century Campaign

  • The Board made a grant of $ 4,000 to the ARRL Second Century Campaign for the support of Amateur Radio in the next 100 years.
2014

2014

THE YASME FOUNDATION ELECTS DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

April 18, 2014, St. Charles, MO (corrected April 21, 2014)

At its annual meeting held at the 2014 International DX Convention in Visalia, California, the Board of Directors elected the following directors and officers:

  • Ward Silver, NØAX, President and Director
  • Fred Laun, K3ZO, Vice-President and Director
  • Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
  • Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Secretary and Director
  • Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
  • Mac McHenry, W6BSY, Director
  • Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Director

The Yasme Foundation is sponsoring a two-page insert in the July-August 2014 Special Edition of the National Contest Journal that will describe the mission of The Yasme Foundation; acknowledge the work of its Webmaster, Awards Manager, and QSL Manager; and invite non-participants in WRTC-2014 to a party to be held in their honor at the opening of WRTC-2014.

YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SUPPORTING GRANTS

January 7, 2014, St. Charles, MO

The Yasme Foundation makes supporting grants to individuals and organizations providing or creating useful services for the amateur radio community. Regardless of originality or novelty, Yasme supports these programs in order to further the development of amateur radio around the world.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce that it has made supporting grants as follows:

  • WRTC-2014 — to assist in defraying the expenses of the World Radio Team Championship to be held this coming July in the Boston area of the northeastern United States (www.wrtc2014.org)
  • Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) — to purchase a receiver and the necessary accessories to upgrade the node presently operational in Bangalore (www.reversebeacon.net)
  • CWOps CW Academy — to assist in defraying the expenses of providing on-line CW training courses (www.cwops.org)
  • ARRL Second Century Fund — to support the goals of the ARRL’s Second Century Campaign (www.arrl.org/arrl-second-century-campaign)
2013

2013

YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS

December 16, 2013, St. Charles, MO

The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

  • Tom Roscoe, K8CX: Tom is recognized for his dedication to collecting and publishing current and historical photos and other documents on his Hamgallery web site at www.hamgallery.com. Hamgallery is an excellent amateur radio resource provided free of charge to the online community.  Tom is also the manager of the W3 QSL Bureau, contributing many hours to ensuring cards are delivered properly and promptly.
  • Lee Sawkins, VE7CC: Lee’s software is widely used worldwide to manage and filter DX cluster spotting output.  Without such filters, the output of the spotting network would be overwhelming and unusable.  Lee’s filtering software enables logging programs to integrate with the spotting network for contesting and general-purpose operation around the world.  Lee supports the local DX and contesting community in British Columbia and will be representing Canada in WRTC 2014 as the Team Leader from the NA-12 region.
  • John Devoldere, ON4UN: Along with building one of the premier amateur stations in the world, John’s contributions to the DXing community have been extensive.  Beginning with “80 Meter DXing,” published in 1978, his book expanded to “Low-Band DXing,” which in its fifth edition has become the definitive handbook for operating and building antenna systems on the bands at 7 MHz and lower frequencies.  This has facilitated a number of important advances in HF amateur technology and encourages operation on these bands.
  • Michael Carroll, N4MC; Eldon Lewis, K7LS; Dean Gibson, AE7Q; and Joseph Speroni, AHØA: These gentlemen have been instrumental in providing convenient access by amateurs to information maintained in FCC databases.  In the case of N4MC, his Vanity HQ site became the single most popular resource for U.S. amateurs seeking to obtain a desired call sign, which is a fundamental element of amateur radio. He continues to maintain the National Silent Key Archive at www.silentkeyhq.com. K7LS and AE7Q have created similar online services that can be found at www.radioqth.net and www.ae7q.com. AHØA was a pioneer in accessing the FCC databases and providing useful summaries of licensing information.  The services made freely available by these four individuals greatly enriched and educated U.S. amateurs.
  • Ken Claerbout, K4ZW: Ken is recognized for his work in support of the series of videos produced in association with the Potomac Valley Radio Club.  Initially focused on contesting, the scope has broadened to include a variety of operating and technical topics.  More importantly, the videos have encouraged others to publish similar “webinars” and archive them for viewing at any time.
  • Ashraf Chaabane, 3V/KF5EYY: Ashraf has become an energetic representative on all fronts of amateur radio in Northern Africa and globally. He presents a positive role model for amateur radio across the entire Arab world with his enthusiasm and competitive spirit. His mission is to see the day when the administration in Tunisia issues him the first personal license in that country.  Ashraf will also be representing Africa as the Team Leader for the African team in WRTC 2014.

YASME SUPPORTS DEVELOPER OF VIEWPROP

July 26, 2013, St Charles, MO

viewpropThe Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce that it has made a grant to support further development of ViewProp (www.zl2ham.wikispaces.com), a new utility for propagation visualization developed by Rick Kiessig, ZL2HAM. ViewProp integrates information from the Reverse Beacon Network and worldwide spotting networks with station location information from QRZ.com and mapping through DXAtlas. The result is a real-time, worldwide view of amateur radio signals and operation. ViewProp also supports a “playback” function to review historical data and provides the user with a number of options to configure both the input data stream and the way in which the information is displayed. Currently in beta testing by a global user’s group (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/viewprop), the Yasme grant will enable ZL2HAM to complete development with appropriate networked software tools and release it for public use.

YASME SUPPORTS EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION FOR NEW ETHIOPIAN AMATEURS

July 18, 2013, St Charles, MO

Ethiopian HamsEthiopia came back on the air  May 30, 2011 with the re-opening of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society station ET3AA. To support the re-establishment of amateur radio in Ethiopia, The Yasme Foundation made a grant to pay for the fees associated with the license examination for 25 club members. Many were successful but under Ethiopian regulations could not receive a license without proof of ownership of an amateur radio station.

To further support amateur radio in Ethiopia, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has made an additional grant to be used to purchase amateur radio transceivers for three club members so that they can satisfy the requirements of the Ethiopian licensing process. The Board acknowledges with appreciation the substantial efforts of Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, in facilitating the acquisition of the equipment and mentoring the EARS members, as shown here with club member Adula at the microphone during the 2013 IARU HF Championship contest.

YASME BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT AND HONORS OUTGOING PRESIDENT WAYNE MILLS, N7NG

May 9, 2013, St Charles, MO

At its annual meeting held at the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, the Board of Directors elected Ward Silver, NØAX, as its new President. The remaining officers were re-elected. The necessity of an election for a new President was occasioned by the resignation of Wayne Mills, N7NG. Wayne has founded DX University (www.dxuniversity.com) and takes over as the new DX Editor for CQ Magazine.

The Board also decided to acknowledge Mr. Mills’ many years of service to The Yasme Foundation by making a contribution to DX University in support of the goals shared by the two organizations.

YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND SUPPORTING GRANTS

January 14, 2013, Temple Hills, Maryland

[The following revision of our original award announcement clarifies the relative contributions of award recipients G3PLX and SP9VRC.  The Yasme
Foundation apologizes for creating any confusion about the origins of PSK31.]

The Yasme Excellence Award is awarded to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

  • George Fremin, K5TR; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Trey Garlough, N5KO; and Scott Neader, KA9FOX for their contributions to many infrastructure projects that benefit the ham community at large
  • Mark Spencer, WA8SME for his instrumental work in the ARRL Teachers Institute and other training efforts, development of PIC microcontroller projects and books for amateurs, and work with leaders in student and scientific teams applying amateur radio to scientific projects and experiments
  • Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC and Pornchai Semjang, HS2JFW for leadership in the Thai amateur community, especially during the recent flooding which helped open the door to the new Thai HF licensing and enhanced the stature of amateur radio with the Thai government
  • Tomas Hood, NW7US and Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA for sustained education of the amateur community regarding propagation, solar and geomagnetic physics
  • David Freese, W1HKJ for creating and maintaining the freeware software package FLDIGI, probably the most widely used digital communication software in ham radio and a frequent gateway for new hams who are more familiar with computer-based communications
  • Dean Straw, N6BV for his contributions to amateur antenna system design and the development of software tools such as HFTA to optimize system design
  • Peter Martinez, G3PLX and Pawel Jalocha, SP9VRC for their individual and distinct contributions to digital communications technology.  Peter Martinez is recognized for his invention of PSK31, a widely used digital mode that enables many amateurs to successfully communicate on HF with very modest stations
  • Pawel Jalocha, SP9VRC is recognized for his contributions to the field of digital signal processing as applied to communications systems that are used by amateurs, such as the mode Olivia
  • Arie Kleingeld, PA3A; Ad Van Ginneken, PA8AD; and Arie, PA3AN for their sustained contributions to the Mercy Ships Project

Thank you for your fine work and congratulations to you all!

The Board of Directors also announces supporting grants to the following:

2012

2012

YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND SUPPORTING GRANTS

December 7, 2012, Temple Hills, Maryland

The Yasme Excellence Award is awarded to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

  • George Fremin, K5TR; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Trey Garlough, N5KO; and Scott Neader, KA9FOX for their contributions to many infrastructure projects that benefit the ham community at large
  • Mark Spencer, WA8SME for his instrumental work in the ARRL Teachers Institute and other training efforts, development of PIC microcontroller projects and books for amateurs, and work with leaders in student and scientific teams applying amateur radio to scientific projects and experiments
  • Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC and Pornchai Semjang, HS2JFW for leadership in the Thai amateur community, especially during the recent flooding which helped open the door to the new Thai HF licensing and enhanced the stature of amateur radio with the Thai government
  • Tomas Hood, NW7US and Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA for sustained education of the amateur community regarding propagation, solar and geomagnetic physics
  • David Freese, W1HKJ for creating and maintaining the freeware software package FLDIGI, probably the most widely used digital communication software in ham radio and a frequent gateway for new hams who are more familiar with computer-based communications
  • Dean Straw, N6BV for his contributions to amateur antenna system design and the development of software tools such as HFTA to optimize system design
  • Peter Martinez, G3PLX and Pawel Jalocha, SP9VRC for the development of PSK31, a widely used digital mode entirely invented by amateurs that is enabling many amateurs to successfully use HF with very modest stations
  • Arie Kleingeld, PA3A; Ad Van Ginneken, PA8AD; and Arie, PA3AN for their sustained contributions to the Mercy Ships Project

Thank you for your fine work and congratulations to you all!

The Board of Directors also announces supporting grants to the following:

YASME AWARDS AND EXPANDED LIST OF ELIGIBLE CALL SIGNS

June 15, 2012, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Yasme Foundation has for many years offered two Yasme Awards, available at no cost to qualifying applicants. The first Yasme Award, in the form of a handsome plaque, is offered to those amateurs who submit proof of 30 QSOs with Yasme officials and DXpeditions that have at least one Yasme official as a participant. The second, the Yasme Supreme Award, is in the form of a representation of the YASME boat used by Danny Weil in his around-the -world DXpedition and is available to those who submit proof of 60 QSOs with Yasme officials and DXpeditions with a Yasme official as a participant.

After a year-long evaluation of the rules for qualifying call signs, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the rules for qualifying call signs have been revised. As a result, many call signs have been added to the list. The revised list of call signs eligible for both awards is available at The Yasme Foundation website.

YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND SUPPORTING GRANTS

January 2, 2012, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Yasme Excellence Award is awarded to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. 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 Excellence Award is in the form of a monetary grant and an individualized engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to Roger Balister, G3KMA, and Martin Atherton, G3ZAY, for their many years of dedicated service to the Islands on the Air (IOTA) awards program. Thank you for your fine work and congratulations to you both!

The Board of Directors also announces supporting grants to the following:

  • The DX Summit
  • HSØAC, Radio Society of Thailand (RAST) Headquarters Club Station
  • ClubLog
  • NCDXF Beacon Project
  • N4MC’s VanityHQ callsign database project
2011

2011

YASME GRANT HELPS ETHIOPIAN AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY

August 29, 2011… Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ethiopia came back on the air May 30, 2011 with the re-opening of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society station ET3AA. Professor Heiko Schroeder, head of the technical faculty of the University of Addis Ababa and PB2T, Hans Blondeel Timmerman, President of IARU Region 1, cut the ribbon in a reopening ceremony. The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation became aware that 25 club members were scheduled to take the amateur radio license examination in late July and that the fee for taking the exam was about one month’s salary in Ethiopia. Accordingly, the Board voted unanimously in favor of a grant to cover one-half of the examination fees for all 25 applicants, the remaining one-half having been previously committed from the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Yasme Vice-President and Director Fred Laun, K3ZO, was instrumental in making possible this grant.

YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS

January 4, 2011

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. 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 digital protocols.
  • 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.
  • Alex 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 traditions.
2010 and earlier

2010 and Earlier

WINNERS – YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS

January 18, 2008

The Directors of The Yasme Foundation are proud to announce the first winners of the recently announced Yasme Excellence Awards. These awards are given for service and dedication to amateur radio as recognized by the foundation’s Directors. The prizes are in the form of a plaque and a monetary award. The winners of the first Yasme Excellence Awards are hereby introduced to the public.

  • Joseph L. Arcure, Jr., W3HNK – $2,000 for his long service to DXers as a QSL manager. Joe’s efforts on behalf of DXer’s everywhere promote international goodwill by facilitating cultural exchanges between operators that may never meet in person, yet share a common bond of DX operation.
  • Sheldon C. Shallon, W6EL – $2,000 for his work with propagation prediction software. By making propagation more accessible, Shel has done much to advance the technical skills of HF operators in understanding the physical environment of radio.
  • James Brooks, 9V1YC – $2,000 for DXpedition organization and videography. James’ professional videos make the skills and excitement of DX operating and expeditioning more accessible to hams that haven’t yet tried DXing and to non-hams alike.
  • Jukka Salomaa, OH2BUA and Antti Kantola, OH5TB – $2,000 (shared) for conceiving, operating, and maintaining the DX Summit, the first widely-used Web-based spotting network portal. They created a tool that fundamentally changed the nature of HF operating, a true advancement of the radio art.

These amateurs have given unselfishly their time and expertise. On behalf of all amateurs, we would like congratulate these winners and thank them for their service.

NEWS SUMMARY: AMATEUR RADIO TO PUBLISH HISTORY

May 2, 2001, Manchester, CN

A husband-and-wife team who took ham radio to some 200 countries will be the main subjects of a book soon to be published. The Yasme Foundation has commissioned a full-length history of the foundation and a biography of its two principal luminaries, Lloyd Colvin, W6KG (who died in 1993) and Iris Colvin, W6QL (who died in 1998).

The assistance of radio amateurs and others around the world is sought in this effort. The foundation has retained freelance writer Jim Cain, K1TN, to write the book. Anyone with information to share (reminiscences, anecdotes, photos, etc.) may contact him at yasmebook@mybizz.net.

“The foundation is pleased to have the services of Jim Cain, a writer well-known and respected among radio amateurs and a licensed ham since 1961, to research and write this important history of the organization.” – Wayne Mills

The Yasme Foundation is an exempt, private operating foundation. Its purpose is to promote amateur radio DXing (long distance communication) and DXpeditioning (visiting and operating amateur radio from remote locales) by channeling resources to projects which enhance these activities. The foundation does not ordinarily fund DXpedition operations directly, although it may make contributions to these activities from time to time through other organizations.

The foundation also encourages the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in underdeveloped countries.

Lloyd and Iris Colvin visited more than 200 ARRL DXCC Countries, including nearly every member-country of the United Nations. Other amateur radio operations under the Yasme banner were conducted by Danny Weil, VP2VB; Martti Laine, OH2BH; and the late Dick McKercher, W0MLY, among others.

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation. Its officers and directors are Wayne Mills, N7NG (president); Rusty Epps, W6OAT; Bob Vallio, W6RGG; Charles “Mac” McHenry, W6BSY; G. Kip Edwards, W6SZN; Martti Laine, OH2BH; and Fred Laun, K3ZO.