AWARDS - Rover

Bill Seabreese Award

Bill Seabreeze, W3IY, SK: 

Well-known VHF-UHF and microwave enthusiast William B. "Bill" Seabreeze, W3IY, of Sterling, Virginia, died September 19 of cancer. He was 54. First licensed in 1965 as WN3EIY, Seabreeze soon gravitated into the realm of VHF and microwave operation, which became his lifelong passion. "Virtually every VHF operator on the East Coast knew Bill as a friend," James Ahlgren, W4RX, said in comments posted to several reflectors. "Throughout his life he Elmered up-and-coming VHF operators. His laboratory was always available to help solve our technical problems and to get our equipment working." Seabreeze was a member of the ARRL and of the Potomac Valley Radio Club, and he regularly participated as a "rover" station in VHF-UHF events. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said Seabreeze was a good sounding board. "His wit and wisdom were always good to have when discussing VHF/UHF/SHF issues," Henderson said. "Even during his illness, Bill was committed to helping make the ARRL's VHF/UHF/SHF contest program an asset." Seabreeze contributed contest results articles for VHF-UHF-microwave events for QST and the ARRL Web site. Professionally, he was vice president for engineering of Microcube Corp in Leesburg, Virginia. Survivors include his wife Kathy and a son and daughter.


The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 37 September 23, 2005



The Bill Seabreeze Rover Recognition Award


The memory of Bill Seabreeze, W3IY, is being honored by the establishment of the Rover Recognition Award. The Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club, Inc. members were fortunate to have had Bill and his frequent roving partner, Christophe, ON4IY, operate the VHF contests and other on-the-air activities from Bill’s rover van in grids adjacent to “Packrat territory” and were responsible for hundreds of QSOs, dozens of grid multipliers and thousands of contest points for the Packrats in each of these events.


The club voted to make Bill an honorary Packrat in 2004, and also awarded him a plaque in recognition of his efforts and achievements over the past several years. Not only had he been an active roving contester, but he stimulated significant microwave activity in the region with the consensus building of the designated “Microwave Activity Days,” commonly referred to as MAD on the first Saturday morning and the first Monday evening of each month. Many of the rovers in the region try to get their vehicles out for these MAD periods, home stations are active, and all try to make sure that their gear is in working order, and possibly try out new modes, new paths and new bands. Additionally, Bill established an excellent web site as a resources page for rovers, including lots of pictures of his gear, rover vehicle and operating sites. There were also a host of links and other useful info on rovering issues and how he had addressed them from his experience.


The Rover contest designation was established in the early 90’s as a new option for stations that were mobile through several grids that would have otherwise remained ‘unactivated’ during the contest. Many clubs supported the early rovers as a method of increasing both the activity and scores. According to Dan Henderson, N1ND, Contest Branch Manager, ARRL, “…the rules change occurred in the ‘91-’92 contest season. The biggest reason of the establishment (of the) category was to open up the captive rovers and allow them to work more stations for score.”


The 2005 Rover Recognition Award was given in early 2006 to a rover station who demonstrated particular excellence throughout the year in 2005. The Packrat Board of Directors will review the activity of the rover stations in all of the competitive VHF events throughout the year. Consideration will be given to the effort, regularity of operation, bands operated, grids covered, contribution to the VHF community, unique factors, and operating characteristics. Although total scores will be factored in, they will not be significant criteria for this award. The contest results as posted in QST and on the web sites of other contest sponsors will enable the award committee to form a list of candidates, and any additional information on the rover operations can be directed via email to the Packrat President and Chairman of the Board as listed on the Packrat Website. (Currently info can be sent to K1DS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



The Rover Recognition Award History

            2006 for 2005     N6TEB

            2007 for 2006     ND3F

            2008 for 2007     K2TER

            2009 for 2008     K2QO

            2010 for 2009     AE5P 

            2011 for 2010     KJ1K

            2012 for 2011     W1RT
            2013 for 2012     VE3OIL
            2014 for 2013     NN3Q / K3WGR
            2015 for 2014     K8GP
            2016 for 2015     KK6MC
            2017 for 2016     KF2MR

            2018 for 2017     AG4V

            2019 for 2018     W3ICC/W2PED






Spectrum Advocacy


The current band under consideration for elimination to radio amateurs

use is 3.5 GHz      reference  NPRM WT 19-348 when you write



To protect our use of the 3.5 GHz band it would be a good idea to write letters.

It's best to do this within the next week.

We currently have over 25 members with 3.5 GHz capability.


The following  may give you some ideas for your own customized letter



Adding a personal line at the beginning of the letter helps the reader know it’s not just a form letter.


 I am FCC licensed amateur radio operator (insert call sign) and I have been an active radio communicator on 3GHz for X years. “ add your type of license eg Amateur Extra. Perhaps an anecdote about you uW activity.




The members of the Mount Airy VHF Radio Club* are greatly concerned by a current proposal to remove amateur radio privileges from the 3.1-3.55 GHz frequencies and the potential future loss of the 2.0 GHz band.


                                                    Main Body


In the current NPR** from the FCC, numbered FCC-CIRC1912-03, it states: "we propose to remove the existing nonfederal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band and to relocate incumbent non-federal operations out of the band, in order to prepare the band for possible future shared use between commercial wireless services and federal incumbents."


Members of this club have been pioneers in communication at these frequencies. By building and using radio gear, digital communications software, and antennas for use at these frequencies, we have contributed to the state of the art. Amateur radio operators have used a band allocation centering at 3.456GHz and 2.304 GHz for decades. We have been active amateur operators using these frequencies for maintaining communication with other amateur operators using our FCC issued licenses. We have recently added additional capabilities for use of this frequency.


For terrestrial radio communication, amateurs have been active on a few hundred kilohertz at 3.456 GHz. By international agreement, amateur radio operators have been using a few hundred kilohertz at 3.400 GHz for successful moonbounce communication. We recognize the demands for band allocation to commercial communication. Please have the FCC reserve these slices of frequency for continued amateur radio use as the amateur radio service supports emergency communication in times of disaster. Thank you.

*Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club website:

**Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.1-3.55 GHz Band

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - WT Docket No. 19-348


              Thanks to Rick, k1DS for the previous text suggestions 



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If you feel the NTIA ( the FCC equivalent for Government spectrum users)

needs to hear from you. Since they share several of their frequencies with radio amateurs

( we are secondary users) they sometimes make good allies.

This contact must be used with care - do not contact them unless you have a strong reason to believe 

They have a vested interest in agreeing with our continued usage.