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  • Digital Communications

    A great number of exciting new digital operating modes have developed, largely because of the availability of personal computers, soundcards, and advanced software. But amateur digital communication began in earnest in the late 1940's (if you don't count Morse as a digital mode!) when hams worked out techniques of connecting mechanical Teletype keyboard/printers to amateur gear using FSK and AFSK modulation. WSJT has become a very popular tool for digital communications. FSK441 mode is in use for meteor scatter contacts and JT65 is popular for terrestrial communications.

  • EME Moonbounce

    Amateur radio (ham) operators utilize EME for two-way communications. EME presents significant challenges to amateur operators interested in working weak signal communications. Currently, EME provides the longest communications path any two stations on Earth can utilize for bi-directional communications. Amateur operations use VHF, UHF and microwave frequencies. All amateur frequency bands from 50 MHz to 47 GHz have been used successfully, but most EME communications are on the 2 meter, 70-centimeter, or 23-centimeter bands. Common modulation modes utilized by amateurs are continuous wave with Morse Code, digital (JT65) and when the link budgets allow, voice..

  • Aurora and Solar Weather

    The interaction between Earth's magnetic field and Solar particles is a complex and mysterious field of science. The storm events involve high electric currents in the ionosphere and vast amounts electric power affecting to great many things. One of the ways to observe what is happening up there, is to detect the effects of these phenomena to non ionizing long wave electromagnetic radiation - radio waves.

  • VHF Contesting and Rover Operations

    Hams have been putting stations in their cars since the Twenties (1920's that is). Today, there is great satisfaction in facing the challenge of installing a transceiver in our small cars and pick-ups, using somewhat inefficient antennas, and still being able to make contacts with hams thousands of miles away while "tooling" down the highway.

  • Annual Technical Conference

    Every year since 1968, during the last weekend in July, the Central States VHF Society hosts an annual technical conference. There are two days of technical presentations, antenna range gain measurements, noise figure measurements, a flea market, and often times a vendor area. It's a great time to learn about weak signal VHF communications and an excellent place to network and catch up with old friends.

**-Central States VHF Society

Exploring the World Above 50MHz since 1965

Wilson Award



The Wilson Award was instituted in 1982 in memory of long time Society member Melvin S. Wilson, W2BOC. It is given for outstanding and continuing service to the Society or to VHF/UHF in general. Nominations may be sent to Kent Britain, WA5VJB.


1982 Bill Tynan, W3XO, for his continuous service and dedication towards promoting VHF and UHF amateur radio activity.


1983 Ed Fitch, W0OHU, for 16 years of devoted service to the Society.


1984 Ray Nichols, W5HFV, for his many years of service to the Society as its historian.


1985 Al Ward, WB5LUA, for his many years as Prize Chairman and his numerous fine technical talks at various CSVHF conferences.


1986 Mark Thorson, WB0TEM, for his continued and valuable service to the Society, particularly in maintaining the VHF antenna range.


1987 Jimmy Treybig, W6JKV, for his many DXpeditions to sometimes difficult spots to give us all new countries on 6 meters.


1988 Lionel Edwards, VE7BQH, for his many hours spent conducting the 2-Meter EME Net on 20 meters. In so doing, he has helped many new EMEers get started and many old-time moonbouncers increase their stations worked totals.


1989 Joe Muscanere, WA5HNK, for his many years of service to the Society, including serving as its Treasurer for ten years from 1979 to 1989.


1990 No award presented.


1991 Kent Britain, WA5VJB, for his numerous contributions to the Society, especially in maintaining the microwave antenna range.


1992 Bob Taylor, WB5LBT, for his many years of service to the Society as a member of the Board of Directors, as President for 1982, and Treasurer for 1990-91 and as Chairman of the 1982 Conference.


1993 Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, for his many years of service to the Society, twice serving as President, and as editor of the director's newsletter.


1994 Gerald Handley, WA5DBY, for his dedicated and continuing service as Chairman of the Society's Board of Directors.


1995 Charlie Chennault, WA5YOU, for his continuing service to the Society as Treasurer, and his efforts to ensure compliance with government regulations.


1996 Bill Olson, W3HQT, the founder of Down East Microwave, for making quality equipment and parts readily available to all.


1997 Dave Meier, N4MW, for his many years of service to the Society, serving as President for 1994 and many years as Assistant Treasurer.


1998 Larry Hazelwood, W5NZS, for his many years of service to the Society as Secretary.


1999 Gary Gerber, KB0HH, for his many years of working on the prize committee.


2000 Picture Steve Kostro, N2CEI, For his work in helping so many hams come on the air with low cost equipment.


2001 Picture Joel Harrison, W5ZN, Past CSVHFS President, active VHF/UHF/Microwave operator, ARRL VP and for his support of our VHF bands.


2002 Wilson Award Bruce Richardson, W9FZ, for energy and effort to the Society as Treasurer, Board Member, Conference Host, and Newsletter Editor.


2003 Sam Whitley, K5SW, for years of service to the society. Sam has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer many times in the early years of the society. The CSVHFS would not be where it is today if not for his efforts. This presentation marks the first time the award was presented via RF (cellphone) due to Sam's departure from the banquet just minutes earlier.


2004 Picture Emil Pocock W3EP for his work supporting the VHF Community with his many QST Columns 1992-2002.


2005 Picture Emily Ward, for sustained service to the society supporting and sponsoring conference family programs.


2006 John Fox, W0LER, for his sustained service to the society over a forty year span. John played key roles at the time of the society's birth. Later, during the 1970's, John served as President, Treasurer, and conference host. Today, John again serves on the conference host team as mentor and Family Program specialist.


2007 Tommy Henderson, WD5AGO, for his work organizing CSVHFS Conferences and conducting the Noise Figure Measurments.


2008 William Caldwell, N0LNO, for his many contributions to CSVHFS. His service has been in many capacities and over manyyears. He has served as Vice President, Acting President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. One notable year, Bill stepped up and hosted the conference at the last minute when the President was called away to go fishing for Aluminum in the South Pacific.


2009 Presented to John Kalenowsky K9JK. John is commended for his service to the Society serving as conference Vice President. Further, John's on going organizing and administering of the VHF Spring Sprints events.


2010 Presented to John Germanous, WB9PNU, for all his work.


2011 Presented to Joe Lynch, N6CL, for his years of service to the VHF community through his editorship of The CQ VHF column and CQ-VHF


2012 Presented to Jay Liebmann, K5JL, for his continuous service and dedication promoting VHF and UHF Amateur Radio activity.

2013 Presented to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, for years of service to the Society through her work on the Conference Proceedings published by ARRL.


2014 Presented to Marshall Williams, K5QE, for his leadership of the  "Getting Started in VHF, UHF and Beyond" committee and other service to the society.


2015 Presented to Lauren Libby, W0LD, for outstanding service to the Society over many years.


2016 Presented to Lance Collister, W7GJ,