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

            2020 for 2019     N7GP/R Former WA8WZG/R

            2021 for 2000      Andrea Slack K2EZ/R  



The Packrat of the Year Award - recent History



             2017       Roger  W3SZ

             2018       Bob  W2SJ  and Bill  K3EGE

             2019       Not given this year

             2020       Mike    N2DEQ

             2021       Not given this year



The Mario Award - recent History


For generous and unselfish donation of time and talent with VHF construction projects, and thereby enriching the enjoyment of amateur radio, as first exemplified by Mario Fontana, K3UJD


2017       Not given this year

2018       Roger  W3SZ

2019       Warren  WB2ONA

2020       Nick   N3YMS

2021       Bruce  WA3YUE  



Special Recognition - recent Awards

These awards were given for long term service to the Packrats                                                         

             2018        W3IPM                                                                                                                                                       2019        Lenny  W2BVH      CheeseBits editor