Thanks Dale, Tom, and others. I have had great partners in all of my work. I am grateful for all of the ideas, support, trust, complaints, advice etc. that have flown freely from the SDR,Flex groups, TAPR, ARRL, and of course, AMSAT. It has been amazing fun to try out new ideas here and to work with Frank, Eric, and many others on our joint endeavors. There are too many people in AMSAT to thank but one must be singled out.
Tom Clark talked me into doing technical work in AMSAT when I was still in college and later talked me into doing the DSP project with TAPR and AMSAT. That advice and encouragement had a tremendous impact on my life, defining its trajectory almost completely. My close relationship with Tom has gone on for over 25 years. Tom often does not seem to see that of all his contributions, the most important of all by far is the impact he has had on others through his friendship, mentoring, and leadership. In my mind, it is the one of the most accomplished lives in amateur radio and beyond if you completely subtract all of his technical work. Tom talked me into joining Central States who gave me the award. My wife and I love it so much we go every year not unlike most of its members.
Dale, your friend was the runner up in the big CSVHFS operating award again with an eye toward going for first. I know you are proud of that friendship.
I do not covet awards and I certainly don't seek them but the John Chambers award is one I am extremely proud to have as all of my engineering mentors in amateur radio have received it including, but not limited to, Tom and Jan King. This was a complete shock.
Dale Boresz wrote:
Congratulations on the award Bob - and thanks for your continuing work to advance the state of the art of radio communications.
Great times for amateur radio.