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ANNOUNCEMENT 1998 YHOTY AWARD




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Pleaee give thia wide immediate distribution.

de Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF


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        The Amateur Radio Newsline
        Editorial Office
        28197 Robin Avenue
        Saugus Ca. 91350
        Tel./Fax.: (805) 296-7180
        E-Mail: newsline@ix.netcom.com 
        Internet: www.arnewsline.org
                                       
        PRESS RELEASE
        February 22, 1998
        
        1998 YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATING PERIOD NOW OPEN
                                       
        The nominating period for 1998 "Young Ham of the Year Award" is 
        now open.  Originally known as the "Westlink Report Young Ham of 
        the Year," this award program, now in its second decade, is 
        presented annually to a United States licensed Radio Amateur 
        (Ham) who is 18 years of age or younger and who has provided 
        outstanding service to the nation, his community or the 
        betterment of the state of the art in communications through the 
        Amateur Radio hobby/service. 
                                       
        Any continental United States (FCC licensed) ham radio operator 
        aged 18 and younger who has used Amateur Radio to significantly 
        contribute to the benefit of the service, to the sate of the 
        communications art, to their community or the nation is eligible 
        to be nominated. 
        
        All nominations must be submitted before June 30, 1998 on an 
        official application.  Application forms are available for a self

        addressed stamped envelope mailed to the 1998 Young Ham of the 
        Year Award % Newsline, 28197 Robin Avenue Saugus California 
        91350.  The nominating applications are also available for 
        electronic download from several sites that provide Newsline 
        materials over the World Wide Web and including the Newsline 
        website at www.arnewsline.org.
        
        With continued corporate sponsorship, the award presentation is 
        scheduled take place at the 1998 Huntsville Hamfest.  The 
        Huntsville Hamfest is one of the nations largest and most popular

        Amateur Radio conventions.  It is held annually the third weekend

        in August at the Von Braun Civic Center in downtown Huntsville 
        and usually attracts 7000 or more attendees.  The 1998 "Young Ham

        of the Year" will also get to spend a week at Spacecamp-Hunts-
        ville.
        
        The Young Ham of the Year Award program was conceived in 1985 by 
        then Westlink Report "Editor-in-Chief" Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF.  
        His desire was (and still is) to highlight the accomplishments of

        the nation's many young radio hobbyists, and to encourage the 
        entry of more young people into the exciting and rewarding hobby 
        of Amateur Radio.  
        
        With the absorption in 1995 of the Westlink Report readership 
        






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        base into Worldradio Magazine, the awards originator has decided 
        to continue it under the banner of his own "Amateur Radio 
        Newsline" organization.  It is his belief that this real-life 
        experience may lead the award winners and many other young hams 
        into technology based careers that will make them the scientific 
        leaders of the future.
        
        The Amateur Radio Newsline, better known as "Newsline" is the 
        worlds largest not for profit and totally independent ham radio 
        broadcast news and data information service.  It was organized in

        1976 by Jim Hendershot WA6VQP and Bill Pasternak WA6ITF.  Since 
        that time it has produced and put to air over 1070 consecutive 
        weeks of news of free bulletin programming dealing with Amateur 
        Radio and related personal communications issues.  
        
        Corporate underwriting for the "Young Ham of the Year Award" 
        program is traditionally supplied by Yaesu U.S.A. Corporation and

        CQ Magazine.  Yaesu is a world leader in the design, manufacture 
        and distribution of high quality Amateur Radio and commercial 
        two-way radio equipment.  
        
        CQ Magazine and its sister publications CQ-VHF and CQ-Contest are

        owned by CQ Communications and are considered the trend-setting 
        publications serving todays modern radio amateur.  The continued 
        support of this award by Yaesu and CQ has been well-received 
        within the U.S. Amateur Radio Service.  
        
        The United States Amateur Radio service is force of over a half-
        million 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.  
        
        Past recipients of the Young Ham award, all of whom epitomize the

        heart of dedication to their nation 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, also of St. 
        Louis (1992); Kevin Boudreaux N5XMH of New Orleans Louisiana 
        (1993), Allison Zettwoch KD4CKP of Louisville Ky. (1994), Adam 
        Weyhaupt, N9MEZ (1995), Toby Metz, KB7UIM of Boise Idaho (1996) 
        and Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, of Albuquerque New Mexico (1997).
        
        
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        THE 1997 YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATING FORM INSTRUCTIONS

        AND AWARD RULES
        
        1) Fill out the attached nominating form completely.
        
        2) EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: You are required to supply full and 
        complete verification of    any claims made regarding your 
        nominees qualifications. The more documentation that you supply, 
        the easier it will be for our judges to reach a decision.  
        Nominations without this documentation will be returned without 
        being given consideration.
        
        3) This award is not a contest for a prize. Any prizes given are 
        secondary in nature. A person selected as "Young Ham of the Year"

        is judged on his/her contributions to society through Amateur 
        Radio. For example, a youngster whose only claim to fame is that 
        of being licensed as an Extra at age four would not necessarily 
        be judged as having made a significant contribution to the 
        Amateur Radio service. On the other hand, a 14 year old Novice 
        running a net during a major disaster  or crisis would definitely

        be given consideration.
        
        4) The Amateur Radio Newsline (Newsline) sponsors the award 
        program and guarantees that the winner will receive a plaque 
        noting that honor. All other gratuities are provided at the 
        option of any corporate underwriter. An underwriter may, at its 
        choice, provide the winner with a trip to an Amateur Radio 
        convention or hamfest of our selection. If awarded, this trip 
        will be limited to transportation for the winner to the venue, 
        hotel accommodations, convention and banquet tickets and a prize.

        Not covered are any miscellaneous costs such as local 
        transportation, incidental meals, locally made purchases, etc. 
        
        5) Neither Newsline or any corporate underwriter provide 
        transportation or lodging for a parent, other relative or 
        guardian traveling with or accompanying the award winner to the 
        convention city. A parent, relative or guardian is free to share 
        accommodations with the winner based on their personal 
        arrangements.
        
        6) In the event that a winner is unable to travel to the 
        convention, the Newsline will attempt to arrange a special award 
        ceremony where the recipient resides; I.E.: in his/her school, 
        before his/her radio club, etc. In this case the trip to the 
        convention will be forfeited by the recipient, but all other 
        aspects of the award will remain.
        
        7) Decision of the judges is final.
        
        8) Please mail the nominating forum along with all substantiating

        materials before June 30, 1998 to the 1998 Young Ham of the Year 
        Award, 28197 Robin avenue, Santa Clarita Ca. 91350
        
        
        






        AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE 1998 YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM
                
        
        TELL US ABOUT YOUR NOMINEE
        
        His/Her Name:______________________________Call Sign:____________
        Address: ___________________City:  State: ____ Zipcode: _________
        Telephone (incl. his/her area code): ____________________________
        Date of Birth:_____________ Place of Birth:__________ Age:_______
        Mothers Name:__________________ Fathers Name:____________________
        Sisters/Brothers (list):_________________________________________
        
        GIVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT THE NOMINEE
        
        Male/Female:_____ School Attending:________________ Grade: ______
        School Address: ________________________________ Teacher: _______
        Currently License Held: __________  Date First Licensed: ________

        
        IMPORTANT - STOP HERE AND RE-READ THE RULES BEFORE YOU CONTINUE!!
        
        Now, tell us why your nominee should receive this award. (PLEASE 
        BE EXCEEDINGLY SPECIFIC. DO NOT USE GENERALIZED STATEMENTS.  
        PROVIDE COMPLETE AND DETAILED DOCUMENTATION FOR EVEY CLAIM MADE. 

        Use additional sheets if necessary. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO INCLUDE 
        substantiating documentation to verify any claim made. Failure to

        include documentation will result in disqualification.)
        
        ________________________________________________________________
        ________________________________________________________________
        ________________________________________________________________
        ________________________________________________________________
        ________________________________________________________________
        ________________________________________________________________
        ________________________________________________________________
        
        
        TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOU
        
        Your Name:_________________________________ Your Call: __________
        Your Address:______________ City:_____ State: ____ Zipcode: _____
        Home Tel: _________ Work Tel:__________ Best Time To Call: ______
        Signature: ______________________________ Date: _________________
        
        Please Mail Before June 30, 1998 to:
        Newsline1997 Young Ham of the Year Award
        28197 Robin Avenue Santa Clarita California 91350





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