Young Ham Selections
2009 CQWW Contest
This was the toughest year yet
for choosing a lucky young ham to participate in CQWW at
6Y1V...and we selected FOUR of them!
A special thank you to all the
young hams worldwide that sent essays this year. We wish we
could select all of you!
This year we decided to sponsor
young hams for the CQWW CW contest in November. We haven't done
that since 2004 and this year we had a fantastic group of
enthusiastic young CW ops from which to choose.
Without further adieu, here's our
list of the lucky four that have won an all expense paid trip to
Jamaica for CQWW CW in November.
Open ~ To be Announced
EA3ALZ ~ Roger Caminal of
OZ7AM ~ Alex Hansen of
Vallensbaek Strand Denmark
RV9LM ~ Alexander Bezmenov of
Please email me ASAP with
confirmation of attendance, a copy of your amateur radio license
David ~ KY1V
Selection Process Underway
Wow, what can we say? We have
received dozens of essays from 5 different continents! This year
is going to be fantastic. Not only do we have dozens of essays
from more than a dozen countries, but we have ages from 9 to 21
and both guys and girls applying!
This year the entire team will be
made up of Young Hams! We are selecting 4 lucky kids to take
part in CQWW at 6Y1V.
Please be patient, the selection
process is underway. We'll make an announcement within hours!
David ~ KY1V
October 1 ~ 1500 GMT
2009 Young Ham
Once again, we are sponsoring a
free trip to Jamaica for a young ham looking to fulfill a dream
of operating from a remote DX location with state of the art
equipment and antennas.
Don't miss out on your chance to
be selected for this once in a lifetime opportunity! Hurry and
send in your essays by September 30th, 2009.
David ~ KY1V
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Selected for 2008
If you are reading this page, you
are probably aware of the Young Ham Contest Program which I
introduced to the amateur community in 2003.
The program is quite simple, yet
easily overwhelms the mind, body and soul with an array of
emotions, including desire, anticipation, excitement, hope,
wonder, surprise and even disappointment.
For myself, at each stage in the
process, from reading the very first essay to saying goodbye a
few years later after having met the family of a prior years
winner, one thing remains constant, my heart becomes warmer each
time I shed tears of joy for these bright, adventurous young
amateurs whom have so generously welcomed me into their lives.
Having three years experience
with this new venture, I can honestly say that I never imagined
how difficult it would be to make these selections. Each and
every one of these young hams deserves the opportunity to
experience this once in a lifetime dream to participate in such
an event as a major radio contest, on a far away Island, and
in most cases, with equipment they only dreamed of having the opportunity
to use. I want to bring all of them to Jamaica.
Although this is not possible, I
must say that to my delight, I have come across several "clone"
programs, some even copying my own words from the youth page of this site, which
are offering similar opportunities to our amateur radio youth.
Unfortunately, several of these programs are leaving too much
burden on the youth to participate in the financial
responsibilities required to make it happen. Let me tell you
all, it really doesn't take that much money to make a young hams
dream come true. There are now three organizations, one in
Britain, one in New England (USA) and one in Australia offering
similar programs. I urge you to donate to these fine
organizations and assist them in making these dreams come true!
What you get back is unmistakably priceless.
This year, my wife and I made the long trek
to Argentina to meet the family of last years winner, Manu Seibert, LU9ESD. It was
an amazing trip and I must say that the Argentine people are
excellent hosts. I was made an honorary member of the Bahia
Blanca DX Group and watched the most heart warming presentation
of Manu's trip to Jamaica while in the company of about 60
members of the club. WOW, what can I say! We filmed the whole
presentation on HDTV, but that's another story.
By now, you may be wondering,
"Where is Dave going with this story?" Well, let me get you up
to speed. During my visit to Argentina, I met two of this years
applicants for the program, Mariano, LU8EOT, a fine young
operator from Escobar near Buenos Aires, and Edwin, LU1YNE from
I spent a fair amount of time
with each of these gentlemen and in particular, became quite
good friends with Mariano, whom I admire very much. Mariano,
whom lives near Buenos Aires, joined Manu, my wife and I on the
700+ km drive from Bahia Blanca, through Mar Del Plata, to the
airport in Buenos Aires, where we departed for a stop over in
Florianopolis Brazil to visit the well known Atilano Oms, PY5EG.
So, I ask, how does one make a
fair and objective decision when selecting a candidate for this
program when one has met two of the candidates personally?
It was a terrible dilemma to say
the least. I thought about this for days on end. Fortunately, I was able to look back upon my previous
decisions, all of which I am convinced were the right choices,
and considered how I came to those conclusions, which was quite
simply, by considering only that which was
originally written in the essays themselves.
So I read the essays sent from
Argentina, Germany, Brazil, The United States, Italy, Ireland,
Ukraine, Sicily and around
the world. As usual, I laughed, I smiled and I cried. Then I
read them again. Would you believe me if I told you I laughed,
smiled and cried again? It's true.
But in the end, I know in my
heart, that I once again made the right choice. So without
further delay, I would like to introduce this years winner for
the Young Ham Contest Program.
My wife Stacy (big time
supporter, coordinator and official 6Y1V travel agent), myself, my station
partner Krassy Petkov K1LZ and all the operators from 6Y1V would
like to congratulate:
Francesco Cozzi of Italy,
Francesco is a 20 year old ham
from Bari, located in the south-east coast of Italy, near the
He is a member of the Italian
RadioHams Association (ARI), the WWYC World Wide Young
Contesters group, a student and is active in many
areas of amateur radio, including contesting, DX'ing and
volunteer emergency services.
Francesco speaks very good
English, loves to cook and believes it is every hams social
responsibility to spread international good will.
We are proud to have been granted
the opportunity to make Francesco's dream come true!
A big hug and a thank you to all
of the applicants whom sent essays this year. Many of you will
be eligible again next year, while unfortunately, some of you
will not. Please know in my heart, I wish I could bring all of
you to Jamaica!
David ~ KY1V
Hurricane Dean passed
dangerously close to Jamaica last night, August 19, 2007.
Although the south side of the
island was battered with high winds and high storm surge, the
north side of the island was relatively calm. Near 6Y1V, wind
speeds were reported at 45 MPH with gusts of about 56 MPH.
Today, August 20, 2007, George
(6Y5GC) reports no damage. We are relieved that George was
not injured and did not suffer any property damage. It is also a
pleasant surprise to have no antenna damage at all. The worst
damage is being reported as a few fallen banana trees.
At this time, we are not
certain the condition of the rotors. George reports the top
SteppIR MonstIR was turned almost 180 degrees from its original
position. The rotating tower apparently was also
repositioned by the winds. The bottom MonstIR was stead fast and
remained pointing NE, directly into the highest winds.
This is all the news I have for
now. We have a crew going there to check the station and make
any necessary repairs in late September. I imagine everything
will be ready for CQWW in October and November.
If you are interested in
operating with us during CQWW SSB, I have openings for our team.
Please contact me at
We will be sponsoring a young
ham for CQWW SSB in October. We have received dozens of essays
from around the world. If you are 21 or under and would like a
the opportunity to receive a free expedition to Jamaica for CQWW
SSB, please click on our YOUTH link on the left hand menu above
for more information.
David ~ KY1V