The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

CWops is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for this prestigious award for the year 2019.
The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code.


Candidates for the award may be one or more of the following:

  • Authors of publications related to CW
  • CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches and instructors
  • Public advocates of CW
  • Organizers of CW activities
  • Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW
  • Other contributors to the art or practice of CW

Note: The award is not limited to amateur radio operators and organizations.


Nominations may be made by anybody (not limited to CWops members). Nominations should be emailed to <> with a copy to <> . In order to be considered, a nomination must be received by March 1, 2019 and include:

  • Name and call sign (if applicable) of nominee(s), and complete contact information including their postal address(es), email address(es), and telephone number(s).
  • A detailed explanation supporting nominee qualifications according to the above criteria.
  • Name, telephone number, email address, and call sign (if applicable) of the person submitting the nomination.

Presentation of Award

A plaque will be presented to the recipient(s) at the Dayton Hamvention. If not attending, it will be sent to them.

CWops Announces the 2018 Recipients of the
Award for Advancing the Art of CW

The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse Code. This is the third year that CWops has made these awards. Three awards were made this year.

WB4OMM receiving the award on behalf of SKCC from NN4K,CWops President, at the Dayton Hamvention

Straight Key Century Club (SKCC)

has been a very active organization promoting CW for 12 years through activities, awards, and helping newcomers. SKCC, with over 18,000 members promotes CW on the air as well as maintaining an excellent program for teaching CW. Their awards program includes 14 different CW awards. SKCC operating activities include two monthly sprint contests, an annual straight key month, a monthly straight key night and a monthly 36 hour Sprintathon contest. The CWops award was presented by CWops President, Mac McDonald, NN4K and received on behalf of SKCC by Steve Szabo, WB4OMM at the CWops annual dinner during the Dayton (Xenia) Hamvention.


Valery Pakhomov, UA3AO is well known for his continuing authorship of books and articles promoting CW in the Russian language. Most notable is his Russian language book titled Keys Connecting the Continents which is a history of the pioneers of telegraphy including 150 pictures of keys. Three of his many articles were awarded diplomas for “Best Publications of 2015” by the Russian magazine RADIO. Valery began the CW for Beginners forum in (Russian). He designed a two lever bug which was built and demonstrated on YouTube.


Allen Boomgaarden, AE7PG has maintained a unique CW practice net, 6 days a week for 7 years. The net meets on 75 meters each morning, Monday through Saturday, using voice to check students’ progress and CW for practice. Allen’s unique method includes students copying trivia questions, poems, stories, call signs, radiograms, and much more. Each morning, Allen starts off by asking: “Who is here for code practice and what speed do you need?” When correctly copying the CW, students all respond with a hearty verbal “Bingo”.