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* AMSAT President Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-157.01
ANS-157 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 157.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE June 6, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT President Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal
AMSAT President and ARRL Life Member Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been
awarded the Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted
to individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions
to Amateur Radio.
Joe Spier, K6WAO is a long time supporter of Amateur Radio in Space
and international cooperation. K6WAO is the President of the Radio
Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). He has also served AMSAT as
Executive Vice President, and Vice President, Educational Relations.
He is a long term supporter of Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) and scientific, technical, engineering, and
mathematics education. Spier is an AMSAT Life Member. He also is a
Life Member of American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Society
of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA).
The award's namesake, Ernst Teodorovich Krenkel, was a radio amateur
who, over the years, used the call signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA. Born
in Poland, Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first
Soviet "drifting station," North Pole-1. He was made a "Hero of the
Soviet Union" in 1938 for his exploits.
Krenkel's son, T.E. Krenkel, is among the four signatories to the
award certificate. The younger Krenkel, a professor at the Moscow
Technical College of Telecommunication and Informatics, said his
father was an avid radio amateur who served as the first chairman
of the Central Radio Club in the USSR.
Krenkel's image appears on postage stamps from the USSR and Russia,
and he authored a biography entitled My Callsign is RAEM. In the era
when all radio amateurs received QSL cards via Box 88, Moscow, Krenkel
was allowed to have his own postal address on his QSLs and was issued
the non-standard RAEM call sign.
Information about the Krenkel Medal can be found at:
[ANS thanks the Russian National Academy of Researches and
Discoveries for the above information]
In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT