Young ham wins youth achievement award from radio club of america

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  1. W1YW

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  2. NL7W

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    Congratulations, Austin!

    This young man has a future in front of him.

    Chip, are you his mentor? If not, perhaps you could offer?

  3. K4WGE

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    At the time I saw them:

    The number of views for the first video ~90

    The number of views for the 2nd video ~60

    The number of views for the 3rd video ~30

    What does that progression tell us?
  4. W1YW

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    Nope. Austin did this all himself. Great job.

    I did give him permission to use the pix and diagrams. All the NEC sims are his.

    I've got an intern program at work that's very successful. Austin is still in high school so its still a bit early. But he's welcome to build and test fractal antennas here.

    Of course, fractal antennas are common foir VHF, based on relative sales. And needless to say, I use them at HF/MF.

    It looks like the edu program at RCA does a fine job. Wish I was a member--couldn't find a sponsor sometime after I first published the fractal work. Let me put it this way: no one would sponsor me.

    I have heard they are more inclusive these days. but at this stage of my life, coming in as a regular member after that experience would be awkward for my sense of self worth. I know nothing about the club in 2011. I assume its just fine.

    Anyway, Austin did his homework: he even dug out my cancer treatment patent application.

    Chip W1YW
  5. W1YW

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    Viewing is quantized in groups of 30.
  6. K4WGE

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    I was going to say the presentation got more technical as it progressed, but video 3 is questions from the audience.
  7. KD0FAA

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    Thank you all for your kind words and support! My family, BARC Jr., Jerry, N0UI, and Carole, WB2MGP have been most supportive (give them a cheer), and I am pleased to announce that the RCA "TechSymp" is now looking for kids who would like to present on technical subjects in the future. The youth are our tomorrows, and it is important for me that other kids will have this opportunity as well.

    As K4WGE pointed out, the videos get more technical (and interesting) as you progress. The second and third videos include my approach to designing fractal antennas from a practical standpoint and also the results of a few of my experiments.

    The presentation was a lot of work, and I was tentative about my simulated results and final antenna experiments, but it all worked out well in the end and the simulated results seem to be relatively accurate. Originally, I had my "Fractal Antenna Generator" repository on Github (now on Bitbucket as a private repository) that could be viewed publicly, but after conferring with a few of the participants at the RCA TechSymp, they advised me to keep it private for IP reasons. Fractal antennas are exceptionally interesting, and after talking with my grandfather and reviewing a few of the questions at the RCA TechSymp, I have realized that there are a multitude of ideas to try out (the simulator will be key in these areas).

    If you are interested in seeing what I am up to (with PIC microcontrollers, etc.) please visit my Bitbucket/Github repos:

    Chip, I am surprised that you found my YouTube videos! You have inspired me to advance in my studies and contribute to the world of Ham Radio as well as RF, thank you!

    Austin, KD0FAA
  8. BH4RNI

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    Congratulations from China.
  9. KC8QMU

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    Good job, Austin!
  10. WM0G

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    Great job! Your presentation was excellent. Congratulations to you as well for the RCA Achievement Award... As always, we are proud of you and your accomplishments.

    Jack Ciaccia, WMØG
    President, Boulder Amateur Radio Club
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