In 2022 we received notification from Ward Silver NØAX that the Yasme Foundation were to present their Excellence Award to CWops. Yasme is a worldwide not-for-profit foundation whose aims are supporting projects around the globe which help amateur radio grow and flourish. They are held in high regard and we are indeed proud and honoured to be selected for the award. The announcement on their website (www.yasme.org) begins:
CW Operators Club (CWops) in recognition of technical, operating, and organizational achievements in and contributions to amateur radio. It recognizes the contributions to amateur radio by CWops in support of training and on-the-air activities that promote Morse/CW operation, leading to more interest in and sustained CW activity around the world.
Clearly it’s a recognition of the continuing influence of CWops which began when a small group of CW operators got together with an idea way back in 2009. The rest, as they say, is history. You can read the letter from Ward below and I would highly recommend looking at the Yasme website and the intriguing history of this pioneering group of ham radio operators. It’s truly inspiring.
Stew GWØETF, President (CWops #919)
December 15, 2022
To the CW Operators Club (CWops)
Officers, Directors, and Members
On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation, I am pleased to inform you that the Board has selected CWops to receive the Yasme Excellence Award.
This Award is made in recognition of technical, operating, and organizational achievements in and contributions to amateur radio. We wanted to recognize the contributions to amateur radio by CWops in support of training and on-the-air activities that promote Morse/CW operation, one of our proudest traditions. Your emphasis on the entire spectrum of operating — from just learning through highly skilled —has obviously been successful, leading to more interest in and sustained CW activity around the world.
The award consists of a cash grant of $500 USD and an engraved crystal globe. The monetary award may be used in any way you feel appropriate, and the funds will be transferred to you by our Treasurer, Rusty Epps, W6OAT. Information about the Yasme Excellence Award and past recipients can be found under the “Yasme Excellence Awards” tab on the website, www.yasme.org. A press release announcing the Yasme Excellence Awards will be distributed and posted on our website. On behalf of the Yasme Board, please accept my congratulations for your continuing contributions to amateur radio and for the recognition by way of the Yasme Excellence Award.
73, Ward Silver, NØAX, President
The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors:
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Director, Vice-President, and Secretary
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
Marty Woll, N6VI, Director
James Brooks, 9V1YC, Director