West Central Florida Section
Amateur Radio Operator of the Year
PURPOSE OF THE WHITE AWARD
To recognize the radio amateur who has made the most significant contributions to amateur radio in the West Central Florida Section for the year of the nomination.
RECIPIENTS OF THE WHITE AWARD
2020 – Randy Payne K4EZM – Assistant Section Manager, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, and Emergency Coordinator for Highlands County ARES.
2019 – Dave Rockwell W4PXE – Net Manager of the Eagle Net, ARRL Technical Specialist, and active in Pinellas County ACS/ARES.
2018 – Mike Breese W2YS – Assistant Section Manager and Amateur Radio coordinator of the Bike MS Citrus Tour.
2017 – Woody Furman KJ4KSG – Assistant Net Manager of the Eagle Net.
2016 – Ellen White W1YL – Former ARRL Section Manager and retired from ARRL HQ – The White Award’s Namesake.
NOMINATIONS AND SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE WHITE AWARD:
- Nominations are open for the White Award on September 1 through October 31 of
each year and are accepted via the Contact and Information Form on the Section website.
- Then the West Central Florida Section Manager and his cabinet select the recipient
from the nominations submitted on the Section website.
- The award is presented to the recipient at the ARRL forum at the Tampa Bay Hamfest,
which is serves as the West Central Florida Section Convention each year.
HISTORY OF THE WHITE AWARD
The award was proposed by Assistant Section Manager Biff Crane K4LAW in early 2016. Biff proposed the idea that there should be an award to recognize an amateur radio operator each year that had made the most significant contributions to amateur radio for that year. Biff proposed that the award should be called “The White Award” in honor of Ellen White W1YL, who had been Section Communications Manager in the San Diego Section in the early 1950’s and had worked at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT, in the DXCC bureau and in several other positions for over 20 years, and that she should be the first recipient. On December 9, 2016, Darrell Davis KT4WX, Section Manager, presented Ellen White W1YL, with the 1st Annual White Award at the ARRL table as she could not be present for the ARRL forum later in the day.