Intrepid Spirit Award Winner Annouced

Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA, the radio amateur who was detained in Chad for several days after his TT8KO DXpedition was shut down, has won the Intrepid Spirit Award from the Intrepid-DX Group. The honor was announced over the weekend at the annual International DX Convention in Visalia, California.

This award is to recognize Ken’s outstanding efforts to activate Malawi — 7Q7GIA; Comoros — D67GIA; Equatorial Guinea — 3C7A; Central African Republic — TL8AO; Congo — TN5E; Somalia — 6O6O, and Chad — TT8KO. We acknowledge Ken’s pursuit of operating excellence in making these difficult activations.
— Intrepid-DX Group

The Intrepid Spirit Award memorializes James McLaughlin, T6AF, an Intrepid-DX Group member, who died in Afghanistan in 2011.

“The award is intended to recognize and honor those individuals or teams that boldly activate rare entities where their own personal safety is secondary to their pursuit of providing contacts to the DX community,” the award announcement said. “While we do not encourage DXers to go into harm’s way, we recognize that circumstances sometimes require that and we recognize those intrepid DXers with the Intrepid Spirit Award.”

IOTA Expeditioner of the Year Award

IOTA Expeditioner of the Year Award

The inaugural IREF IOTA Expeditioner of the Year competition is over and the points have been tabulated.

The winner will be announced at the Dayton DX Dinner, Friday 17th May 2019, at the Marriot Hotel in Dayton, Ohio.

The DX Dinner is held in conjunction with the Dayton Hamvention and is sponsored by the Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA). IREF would like to thank our plaque sponsors for 2018:

  • 1st Place IOTA Ltd.

  • 2nd Place Central Texas DX and Contest Club

  • 3rd Place Daily DX Bulletin

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John Burton (G4TQE) Achieves SOTA Mountain Goat

John Burton from Shropshire has achieved the coveted SOTA Mountain Goat award, for achieving 1000 activator points.

This was attained with an activation of Waun Fach GW/SW-002 in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, on 20th March 2019. He was accompanied on the expedition by existing SOTA Mountain Goat Allan Jones GW4VPX.

I cannot thank SOTA enough for encouraging my return to amateur radio
— John Burton (G4TQE)

John, like quite a few radio amateurs, spent a number of years inactive in the hobby before being tempted to get back on air because of the SOTA - Summits on the Air scheme. He is an accomplished mountaineer, having completed all the Munros, Nuttalls and Wainwrights.