Congratulations to Andrew Schmertz and NJTV and our good friend Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF who received some well-deserved recognition from the ARRL Board of Directors at their recent meeting through an award of the Professional Media Award for Video Reporting. The Board minutes report:
On the motion of Ms. Jairam and second Mr. Sarratt, the Board adopted (with applause) that:
Whereas the solar eclipse over North America and the United States on August 21, 2017 offered a unique opportunity to measure the impact of the eclipse on propagation, and
Whereas Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, co-founder of HamSCI and the Solar QSO Party, was instrumental in enlisting the Amateur Radio community globally to help measure the effects of the eclipse on propagation, and
Whereas Dr. Frissell spearheaded a conference to discuss his findings at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where Dr. Frissell is an Assistant Research Professor, and
Whereas New Jersey Television (NJTV), New Jersey’s public television network, which brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to all 21 counties in New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors, covered the conference, and
Whereas NJTV correspondent Andrew Schmertz interviewed Dr. Frissell, numerous faculty members, attendees and members of NJIT’s Amateur Radio station, K2MFF, all with an eye to explain clearly to the public the significance of measuring the effects of solar activity on communications,
Therefore, The ARRL Board of Directors, with the recommendation of the Public Relations Committee and the concurrence of the Programs and Services Committee, does hereby bestow the 2018 Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Video Reporting to Andrew Schmertz and NJTV for its outstanding coverage of the February 23-24, 2018 HamSCI conference at NJIT.