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PA3WEG Receives Louis Varney Cup


Amateur Radio satellite enthusiast and hardware designer Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, has been awarded the Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions to several Amateur Radio satellites and associated outreach.

RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley, G0FUW, made the presentation on July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford, England. 

The award’s namesake, Louis Varney, G5RV, was the inventor of the world-famous G5RV antenna and an RSGB member for 74 years. Varney died in 2000.

The award cited Weggelaar’s “enthusiasm, technical knowledge, and willingness to work for the good of the Amateur Radio Satellite community around the world, together with his commitment to STEM outreach.” Weggelaar contributed to the Delfi and FUNcube satellite projects. — Thanks to AMSAT-UK