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Georgia Section Youth Award
American Radio Relay League

The Georgia Section Youth Award (formerly Georgia Section Young Ham of the Year Award) is intended to recognize a young ham, who has demonstrated his or her tremendous dedication to Amateur Radio through his or her activities. Although there are several national awards of similar merit, Susan Swiderski, AF4FO, recognized the need for an award that honors outstanding young hams on the local level, and Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, agreed to help create the award. Thus, the Georgia Section Youth Award was born.


Nominees for the Georgia Section Youth Award must meet the following requirements to be considered for this award:

  • A current Georgia resident
  • A licensed Amateur Radio operator
  • Under 21 years old


  • Nominations (including the nomination form and any supporting documentation) for the Georgia Section Youth Award must be submitted on or before September 30, 2006.

  • The winner will be notified by October 28, 2006.

  • The official presentation and announcement of the award will be on November 4, 2006 at the Stone Mountain Hamfest and Computer Expo in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Additional Information

  • Although all accomplishments and activities will be considered, the concentration should be on those activities that took place within the past calendar year, and it should be noted when each activity occurred.

  • The judges will select an award recipient based on their involvement in ham radio, especially community service, promotion, operating, technical knowledge, and enthusiasm.

  • All decisions of the judges are final.

  • Nominations and all accompanying material must be mailed to Georgia Section Youth Award Committee 2323 Orion Ct. Grayson, GA 30017 or e-mailed to kg4ium@arrl.net on or before September 30, 2006.

  • Any questions about the award or nomination process should be directed to Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM or Susan Swiderski, AF4FO, via e-mail to kg4ium@arrl.net or af4fo@arrl.org.

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MARK AULICK, KF4MLT, has taught a lot of ham classes and has eased the way for countless people in south Georgia to get their first ham ticket. But a certain graduate of one of Mark's recent classes really generated some excitement. That's because JUSTIN FAIRCLOTH is only ten years old... AND he passed his test with flying colors on the very first attempt. That's quite a testament to Justin's desire to get that license, as well as to Mark's ability as a teacher. CONGRATULATIONS, Justin!


Justin and instructor Mark Aulick, KF4MLT

A smiling Justin... "I DID it!!

VE Team: Dave Delamater, K4DJD;
Wade Sampson, AD4GP; and Val Ashcraft, AF4VH

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