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Default Nominating Period Open For 2008 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham Of the Year Award

The Amateur Radio Newsline, Inc.
(A Federal 501(C)(3) Not For Profit Corporation)
Editorial Offices
28197 Robin Avenue
Santa Clarita Ca. 91350
Tel/Fax: (661) 296-7180
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For more information please contact:
Bill Pasternak (ARNewsline) at 661-296-7180 or via e-mail to

Rich Moseson (CQ Magazine) at 973-680-1585 or via e-mail to

Dennis Motschenbacher (Vertex-Standard) at 714-827-7600 or via e-mail to

Nominating Period Open For 2008 Amateur Radio Newsline
Young Ham Of the Year Award

Los Angeles, CA. (March 1, 2008) - If you know a young radio amateur age
18 or younger who has done something very special in the Amateur Radio
hobby, this is the time to consider nominating him or her for the 2008
Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award.


The "Young Ham of the Year Award" is presented annually to a licensed Radio
Amateur (Ham) who is 18 years of age or younger, is a resident of the 50
United States, Canada provinces or Puerto Rico, and who has provided
outstanding service to the nation, the community or the betterment of the
state of the art in communications through the Amateur Radio hobby/service.

All nominations must be received by May 30 of any given calendar year on an
official application and accompanied by verification materials.
Applications forms are available for a self addressed stamped envelope
mailed to the Young Ham of the Year Award c/o Newsline, 28197 Robin Avenue
Santa Clarita California 91350. These nominating applications are also
available for electronic download or on-line submission from our special
award website at


Here are some of the things you should be thinking about it in a
nominee. First off, as noted above, the nominee must be age 18 or younger
and a resident of the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico. He or she must
hold a valid Amateur service license issued by the United States FCC or
Canadian telecommunications regulator Industry Canada.

Also, your nominee should be someone who has done something outstanding as
an Amateur Radio operator. Perhaps it was something special he or she did
for his community through the Amateur service. Maybe it was some
outstanding achievement that led to an improvement in amateur radio in his
or her area. Or perhaps he or she was successful in recruiting a lot of new
hams. Whatever it was or is, we want to hear about it.

If you're looking at what makes a good candidate, we suggest you check out
our special Young Ham of the Year website at and look at the
credentials of past award winners.


Printable nominating forms and an on-line click-to-send form are available
at It's very important that you, as a nominator, fill out
the on-line or downloadable and printable application as required. If
you're sending it by way of the regular mail, please make sure it reaches
us at Amateur Radio Newsline by May 30 2008. That's the deadline for all

In addition, we need as much documentation as you can give us so the
committee can carefully evaluate each nominee. When we say documentation,
we are talking about letters, e-mails, magazine articles, videos and other
kinds of endorsements that would accompany the application. In the past,
we've even had photos e-mailed in with some of the applications.


As in years past, the 2008 Young Ham of the Year will receive an expense
paid trip to the Huntsville Hamfest in Alabama and a gift of Amateur Radio
gear compliments of Vertex-Standard Corporation. Those are the folks who
manufacture the famed Yaesu line of ham radio gear. And from our other
primary corporate sponsor -- CQ Magazine -- the winner gets a week at
Spacecamp Huntsville, where he or she can learn first-hand about man's
conquest of the final frontier.

But none of this can happen without you. Now is the time to get on line,
go to and fill out that on-line nominating form or download a
nominating form, print it and send it in. Either way, you and some worthy
young ham will be glad that you did.


The Young Ham of the Year Award program was created in 1986 by Bill
Pasternak, (WA6ITF) and is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Newsline, Inc..
Better known as "ARNewsline" it is the world's largest not for profit
(501(c)(3)) and totally independent ham radio broadcast news and data
information service. It was organized in 1976 as the Westlink Radio Network
by Jim Hendershot (WA6VQP), and Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF). Since that time it
has produced and aired over 1538 consecutive weeks of free news bulletin
programming dealing with Amateur Radio and related personal communications

Primary corporate underwriting since the inception of the "Young Ham of the
Year Award" program is supplied by Vertex-Standard Corporation (Yaesu
U.S.A.) and CQ Magazine. Vertex-Standard is a world leader in the design,
manufacture and distribution of Yaesu brand high quality Amateur Radio and
Vertex brand commercial two-way radio equipment.

As of 1995, CQ Publishing has been an additional corporate underwriter. CQ
Magazine and its sister publications are owned by CQ Communications and are
considered the trend-setting publications serving today's modern radio

Past recipients of the Young Ham of the Year award include:

Shawn Alan Wakefield, WK5P, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma (1986)
David Rosenman, KA9PMK, of Muncie, Indiana (1987)
Jonathan Binstock, NK3D, of Potomac, Maryland (1988)
Erin McGinnis, KAOWTE, of Topeka, Kansas (1989)
Mary Alestra, KB2IGG, of Staten Island, New York (1990)
Richard S. "Sammy" Garrett, AAOCR, of St. Louis, Missouri (1991)
Angela (Angie) Fischer, KBOHXY, of St. Louis, Missouri (1992)
Kevin Boudreaux, N5XMH, of New Orleans, Louisiana (1993)
Allison Zettwoch, KD4CKP, of Louisville, Kentucky (1994)
Adam Weyhaupt, N9MEZ, of Alton, Illinois (1995)
Toby Metz, KB7UIM, of Boise, Idaho (1996)
Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, of Albuquerque New Mexico (1997)
Richard Paczkowski, Jr., KF4BIA, of Edgewater Florida (1998)
Michelle Swann, KE4EZI, of Warner-Robins, GA (1999)
Christopher Arthur, KT4XA, of Russellville, AL (2000)
Patrick Clark, KC8BFD, of Charleston W. VA. (2001)
Josh Abramowicz, KB3GWY, of Reading PA (2002)
Jay Thompson, W6JAY, of Santa Ana CA (2003)
Andrea Hartlage, KB4IUM, of Grayson GA (2004)
Rebekah Dorff, WG4Y, of Birmingham AL (2005)
Catherine Ferry, NC8F, of Silver Lake, OH (2006)
Grant Morine, W4GHM, of Wilmington N.C. (2007)


The United States Amateur Radio service is force of over a 600,000 publicly
spirited personal radio operators who are licensed and regulated by the
Federal Communications Commission. They provide the nation with a pool of
trained radio operators and technicians to assist the United States in
improving international relations. They are also available as a voluntary
group of skilled public service-oriented individuals with their own radio
equipment who are available to provide emergency communications in times of
disaster. In the moments immediately following the 911 terror attacks,
Amateur Radio volunteers became the first-response communicators in New
York City after a major portion of that city's radio system was
destroyed. Hams also provided life-saving communications along the U.S.
Gulf Coast during and after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.


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