The following information has been received from Mr. David Isgur, N1RSN
– ARRL Media and Communications Manager

“I want to let everyone know that nominations now being accepted for
2020 McGan Silver Antenna Award for excellence in public relations

To recognize and celebrate those efforts, the ARRL Public Relations
Committee solicits nominations for the Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver
Antenna Award, which is presented annually to an amateur radio operator
who has demonstrated success in his or her public relations efforts on
behalf of amateur radio and who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit of
Philip McGan.

McGan, WA2MBQ (SK), a journalist himself, was the first chairman of the
ARRL’s Public Relations Committee, which helped reinvigorate the
League’s commitment to public relations. To honor McGan, members of
the New Hampshire Amateur Radio Association joined with the ARRL Board
of Directors to establish an award that would pay lasting tribute to the
important contributions he made on behalf of Amateur Radio.

Public relations activities for which the McGan Award is presented
include efforts specifically directed at bringing amateur radio to the
media’s and the public’s attention in a positive light. This may
include traditional methods, like sending out news releases or arranging
interviews, or via less-traditional methods, such as hosting a radio
show or being an active public speaker.

The ARRL Board of Directors will choose the award winner at its July
2020 meeting, based on recommendations from the ARRL Public Relations
Committee, which has responsibility for reviewing the nominations and
accompanying submitted material.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a full ARRL member in good standing at
the time of nomination. The award is given only to an individual, and a
nominee may not be a current ARRL officer, director, vice director or
paid staff member, or a member of the ARRL Public Relations Committee. A
nominee must not be compensated for any public relations work involving
amateur radio (including payment for articles).

A nominee’s efforts must fit the definition of public relations. Also,
the McGan Award is for promotion of amateur radio to the non-amateur
radio community.

Nominations must be received at ARRL HQ in Newington by the close of
business on Friday, May 15, 2020. Nominations must be on an official
entry form, which can be found and downloaded from this web page
( in pdf format. Anyone may make a

Thank you for helping us recognize those who are doing great work to
publicize the important role that amateur radio plays in our

Many of our ARRL Affiliated Clubs and Amateur Radio Emergency Service
teams have energetic and productive Public Information Officers. This is
your club’s/team’s opportunity to recognize your PIO for their excellent
contribution to the club/team, community and Amateur Radio Service. I
can’t think of no better way to say thanks for the awesome job you do
for all of us.

ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: Monte L Simpson, W7FF

2020 McGan Award for Excellence in Public Relations

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