KG5HVO Awarded the 2018 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year
Congratulations to MARC member Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, for his selection as 2018 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Bryant, who is 14 years old, received the award at the Huntsville Hamfest on Saturday, August 18.
Bryant has numerous personal accomplishments. He holds the rank of Star in Boy Scouts and is working toward Eagle. Homeschooled by his mother, Lauren, KG5TQO, he received a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement on the 2018 National Latin Exam. A member of the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame, he plays baseball with the Triton Rays here in Montgomery. Earlier this year, he won a first-place and People’s Choice awards in the Classical Conversations Montgomery Science Fair for his “Antenna Height Effectiveness” project. He has also written articles for the CW Operators Club newsletter and the “K9YA Telegraph” e-zine.
Bryant became interested in ham radio at age eleven after earning the Radio merit badge in Boy Scouts. He subsequently began working on his Technician License and joined the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club in the New Orleans area, where he lived at the time. Club members exposed him to all aspect of amateur radio, sparking his interest even more. He so impressed the club membership that they selected him for the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club Member of the Year Award for 2016.
Bryant earned his Technician License in May 2015 and General Class three months later. Late last year he upgraded to Extra Class. He taught himself Morse code and began “pounding brass” by making CW contacts with push-to-talk switch on a microphone. Now an exceptionally competent CW operator, he is a member of the CW Operators Club and can copy code at 40-50 wpm.
On the air, Bryant’s achievements have been similarly impressive. He holds the ARRL Worked All States Award. Particularly interested in contesting, the young man entered the 2017 Dave Kalter Youth DX Essay Contest and so impressed the committee that they asked him to join the Youth DX Adventure team trip to operate from Costa Rica last summer. He was subsequently chosen as a member of the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship in Germany in July, where he paired with Mathias Acevedo, CE2LR, from Chile. Bryant was the only youth competitor from North America at that event.
In other contest activity, Bryant won first-place in the low-power rookie category in North America in the 2017 WPX SSB contest and first place in the Louisiana section for single-operator, low-power unlimited category in the ARRL 2017 DX CW and SSB contests. Last fall he operated the MARC CW station for the BSA Jamboree on the Air CW. He also has been named an honorary member of the Georgia Contesting Group and a recent article published in the ARRL National Contest Journal highlighted his accomplishments and named him and up-and-coming contester.
Not surprisingly, Bryant served as ARRL Alabama Section Youth Assistant Coordinator and has recently been named Coordinator. He also was a speaker at the Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum.
Bryant Rascoll is an exceptional young man with an extremely bright future. Congratulations on his successes, past and future, from all of us in the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club.
Sources: Newsline; ARRL Letter; Lauren Rascoll, KG5TQO