Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hiram Percy Maxim Award Recipient and more..!!

It’s a great honor as Section Manager to be able to nominate outstanding candidates for national awards to the ARRL Board of Directors. Several months back I had that privilege for one of the ARRL’s biggest awards, the Hiram Percy Maxim Award. 

This past weekend the ARRL Board of Directors met in Conneaut and I am very pleased to inform all of you that Ohio’s nomination was accepted. So, without further ado let me introduce you to the latest recipient of the Hiram Percy Maxim Award, Christopher Brault, KD8YVJ.

Christopher is one dedicated young man who shows his passion for Amateur Radio by his participation and leadership in organizational affairs at the local and national level. His technical achievements, as well as his recruitment and training here in Ohio and around the country have been well demonstrated by his willingness to serve and show others that Amateur Radio is not only a service, but it’s FUN too.

Here’s a short explanation of what this award is all about..

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award is given annually to a licensed radio amateur under the age of 21. The nominee must be a current ARRL member. The nominee's accomplishments and contributions to both the community of Amateur Radio and the local community should be of the most exemplary nature. These activities include:

>> Participation or leadership in organizational affairs at the local or national level (for example: local radio club,

>> ARES, net control, participation in civic groups);

>> Technical achievement (for example: built a radio, put up an antenna, etc);

>> Operating record (for example: nets, disaster drills, contests, Sweepstakes, etc);

>> Recruitment and training of new amateurs (for example: helped teach a license class, JOTA, etc);

>> Public relations activities (for example: create a ham radio Web page).

The award consists of an engraved plaque and $1,500.

Please help me say >> Congratulations << to Christopher, KD8YVJ for becoming the latest recipient of this great and prestigious award!!

Hey Gang..  Have you gotten registered for the NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing on the website yet? It’s there, and there’s not much time left to get entered for this month.. Time is clicking away very fast and you have until this Sunday night to enter.

To enter the drawing all you need to do is fill in a couple of boxes on the form.. (your name and email). That’s you need to do to be entered into a drawing to win a 2016 ARRL softcover Handbook. There’s nothing else required (Oh.. You do need to be a resident of Ohio to win..)   The winner will be mailed the Handbook at my cost. This is being offered just to see how many folks are really checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!  Go to  and look for the link on the left side by the big RED arrow..


Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to

 “Opt-In” to receive them. Heck, just send me an email    

 I’ll get you added to the mailing list. There’s a link to do this on the Ohio Section website, it’s on the bottom left corner.. For your convenience, here’s a direct link to it:   I urge all of you to make sure that everyone, regardless of whether they are a League member or not, get signed up for one of these options. You can always “Opt-Out” at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting.


Don’t forget,  August 6th is our annual ARRL Ohio Section Conference in conjunction with the Columbus Hamfest. There are a number of great forums scheduled and I’m sure you’ll want to attend them all. The ARRL Forum will also be when the 25th Annual Newsletter winners will be announced. And, it will also be when I announce the 22nd recipient of the Allan Severson Award. I’m sure all of you will want to be there when that is announced for sure!! Go to   for more details..


Lastly..  I’m always available for you, whether you’re an ARRL member or not. If you have any questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile.  Call or write me   (419) 512-4445 or