On The Cover: September  2009

Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB,
of Houston, Texas

On the Cover

2009 Young Ham of the Year Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB

Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, of Houston, Texas, has built his own IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project) node into his bedroom closet. He has used the node to connect an astronaut at the Johnson Space Center with two schools in Canada, and to allow Hurricane Ike evacuees to keep track of events near their homes (see Zero Bias on page 8 for more). Andrew is 15 years old and is starting 10th grade. He is active in Scouting—a Life Scout working toward Eagle—and is a member of his high school’s marching band and his local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He has also been active in recruiting and training other young people to ham radio and has set up a ham-radio-for-kids website at <https://www.thathamkid.com>. In addition, Andrew has set up a complete mobile station on his bicycle and has helped train astronauts for future ham radio contacts from space.

Andrew was named the 2009 Newsline Young Ham of the Year. This program, operating for more than two decades, honors the country’s most outstanding young amateurs. It is sponsored by Amateur Radio Newsline, with corporate support from Vertex-Standard (Yaesu), which pays for the winner’s trip to the ceremony at the Huntsville Hamfest and provides equipment gifts, and CQ magazine, which gives each year’s winner an expense-paid week at SpaceCamp. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)


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