Central States VHF
Chambers Award Recipients
The John T.
Chambers Award was instituted in 1970 on the suggestion of Bill Smith,
K0CER. The Award honors John Chambers, W6NLZ, for his many
contributions to VHF, most notably his work with KH6UK proving the
existence of the West Coast to Hawaii duct. Nominations may be sent to Kent
1971 Mel Wilson, W2BOC, for his dedicated observation and brilliant
reporting of VHF propagation phenomena.
1972 Ed Tilton, W1HDQ, for his many years of research and reporting as
Editor of QST's "The World Above 50 Mc."
1973 Tommy Thomas, W2UK/KH6UK, for his numerous VHF exploits,
particularly on the Hawaii to West Coast duct with W6NLZ. In addition,
he, in company with W4HHK, showed the value of meteor scatter for
working long distances on 2 meters.
1974 Dick Knadle, K2RIW, for his design of amplifiers and parabolic
1975 John Fox, W0LER, for his studies of OSCAR telemetry.
1976 Joe Reisert, W1JR, for his many technical contributions to VHF and
UHF and his oft demonstrated helpfulness to his fellow amateurs.
1977 Bob Sutherland, W6PO, for his dedicated efforts in bringing EME
technical information to amateurs worldwide through distribution of the
famous Eimac EME Notes.
1978 Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, for his technical accomplishments and
1979 No award presented.
1980 Jan King, W3GEY, for his work in amateur satellites.
1981 Louis Ancioux, WB6NMT, for his promotion and technical
contributions to 220 MHz in our continuing efforts to retain this
1982 Al Katz, K2UYH, for his many technical accomplishments.
1983 No award presented.
1984 Ron Dunbar, W0PN, for his technical contributions to the Amateur
Satellite program in writing software and serving as a command station.
1985 Don Hilliard, W0PW (ex W0EYE), for his technical contribution to
VHF/UHF including the W0EYE Yagi.
1986 Paul Wilson, W4HHK, for his continuing technical contributions to
UHF, especially in EME on 13 cm.
1987 Leroy May, W5HN (ex W5AJG), for his over 50 years of contributions
to VHF and UHF including many articles in amateur magazines beginning
1988 Al Ward, WB5LUA, for his many outstanding technical contributions
in the field of VHF, UHF and microwave equipment.
1989 Kent Britain, WA5VJB, for his promotion of the microwave bands,
including his numerous articles on simple, easy-to-build equipment.
1990 No award presented.
1991 Jim Vogler, WA7CJO, for his many outstanding technical
contributions, including participation in the first 10-GHz EME contact.
1992 Chip Angle, N6CA, for his many VHF-UHF accomplishments in
advancing the state-of-the-art in practical amplifier and apparatus
designs and his contributions to transpacific microwave communications
on 3, 5 and 10 GHz.
1993 Dr. Paul Shuch, N6TX, for his many years of outstanding technical
contributions to the Society and radio amateur interests in VHF and
1994 Jim Davey, WA8NLC, and Rick Campbell, KK7B, for their development
of "no-tune" transverters for the microwave bands.
1995 Zack Lau, KH6CP, for his many contributions of technical designs
from DC to microwave, and his generous assistance to all seeking
1996 Tom Clark, W3IWI, for his many contributions to the amateur
1997 Paul Wade, N1BWT, for his numerous microwave construction
1998 Greg McIntire, AA5C, for his outstanding technical articles in QST
and the CSVHFS
Proceedings and his helping others achive 10 GHz EME capability.
1999 Les "Lucky" Whitaker, W7CNK For his many firsts. In 1970 he worked
WB6NMT to become one end of the first 220 MHz EME QSO. In 1987 he
worked KD5RO to become one end of the first 3.4 GHz EME QSO. A few
weeks later he worked WA5TNY to become on end of the first 5.7 GHz EME
QSO. And in 1988 he was one end of the second 10 GHz EME QSO.
2000 Picture Barry Malowanchuk,
VE4MA, For his work on dish feed design, low noise amps, and EME
2001 Wil Jensby, W6EOM, for his record breaking millimeter work and
helping hundreds more get on the microwave bands.
2002 Picture Mike Staal, K6MYC,
for his many years of superior antenna design, development, and
production benefitting VHF'ers and above.
2003 Picture David Robinson, WW2R,
for hundreds of articles published about VHF/UHF/SHF technology and
active operation on the bands. Dave holds one end of the World 24 GHz
2004 Picture Gerald Youngblood
AC5OG for his ground-breaking work with Software Defined Radios which
is advancing the art of VHF and above.
2005 Picture Gary R Lauterbach
AD6FP for his pioneering 47 GHz EME work. Gary was registered for
Colorado Springs but had to cancel at the very last minute. A surprise
presentation was made at 2005 MicrowaveUpdate.
2006 Jeffrey Leer, KG0VL, for his Auroral research and operations.
Through his studies, expeditions, and presentations many operators have
increased knowledge and enjoyment during Auroral openings.
2007 Bob McGwier, N4HY, for his work with AMSAT flight hardware and
Development work with Software Defined Radios.
2008 Barry Malowanchuk, VE4MA and Al Ward, W5LUA for their work in the
first 24 GHz and 47 GHz EME QSO's. This year's award departs a bit from
the tradition of the Chambers Award; in fact, John Fox, the
original custodian of these awards, was consulted to make sure we were
still within the original charter.
John felt that this was an excellent idea. Often there are teams who's
work are difficult to separate, the Wright Brothers, Mutt and Jeff,
Laurel and Hardy, Abbot and Costello, along with so many others. In
like manner, we add Barry and Al to the list of notable duos!
2009 Presented to RONALD J STEFANSKIE W9ZIH. The Chambers Award to
W9ZIH recognizes and honors his lifetime of achievement on the bands
above 50 Mhz. Ron has consistently been a trailblazer on the higher
bands; a list of record-distance contacts on the amateur microwave
bands shows that he anchored one end of many record contacts. His
dedication to amateur radio microwave operation has resulted in a
greater understanding of microwave propagation.
2010 No award
Presented to Joe Taylor,
K1JT, for his development of the WSJT suite of software programs which
have been benefitial in completing contacts via meteor scatter and
moonbounce on 50 MHz and above.
2012 To Jim Kennedy, KH6/K6MIO for his notable contributions
to the science of VHF propagation through his studies and analysis of
hither-to unexplained very long distance Six Meter propagation of both
the Sporadic E and F2 varieties.
2013 Presented to Zack Lau, W1VT, for his continuing VHF+