YHOTY 2017

August 1, 2017
CONTACT: Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, YHOTY Chairman, Amateur Radio Newsline, (newsline@arnewsline.org)
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Marty Sullaway KC1CWF is 2017 Young Ham of the Year

Marty Sullaway - KC1CWF


NEW YORK – Marty Sullaway KC1CWF, of Newton, MA, has been selected as the 2017 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year.

Marty,15, is the son of Robert David Sullaway and Gail Cheryl Schulman.

Marty was first licensed as a Technician in November 2014. He quickly worked his way to General earning his ticket in February 2015.

He became an Extra Class operator this past February.

Marty is co-founder of the Eastern Massachusetts Contesting Club and trustee of its call sign KR1DX. Marty created the club to get more young people involved in amateur radio in the suburban Boston area.

He helped teach and mentor many young people, sparking interest in HF contesting.

Marty is a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club and very active in the contest community. He currently serves on the American Radio Relay League Contest Advisory Committee.

Marty’s efforts in contesting have netted many accolades including the 2015 CQWW SSB USA “Rookie” plaque. His score of 1,312,305 operating from K1VR still stands as the CQWW rookie record.

Marty also is QSL manager for VY1AAA, XO1X, and CI1AAA operated by the Yukon Canam Contest Club.

 Marty is also board member of the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club which promotes amateur radio at the Dexter/Southfield School in Brookline, MA. He has been involved in the club’s Field Day planning and has assisted with antenna and HF station design, as well as repeater operations.

He started a podcast called “The Phasing Line” and, along with Sterling Coffey N0SSC, discusses topics such as home-brew antennas, contesting, and activities of youth in amateur radio.

Marty appeared at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum where gave a presentation: “Homebrewing Fun: Making your own gear for contest stations.”

He appears on the W5KUB webcast and even serves as a back-up studio when technical issues arise.

Marty enjoys the technical aspects of the hobby, designing and building systems for remote amateur station operation and enjoys computer programming.

Marty also is involved in amateur radio public service activities, including serving as a net control operator for the Boston Marathon.

He is also the owner of his own consulting company “Newtown Mass Tech,” where he handles such tasks as home computer installation to VOIP connections for clients throughout the Boston area.

Marty is entering his sophomore year at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain, MA this fall where he has been active in the Model United Nations program at his school for four years and has earned multiple awards, including best delegate.

Marty is currently vice president of the United Synagogue Youth and is involved in an Israeli folk dance group.

His nominator, Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, described Marty as an “extraordinary young man.”

“Marty has accomplished things at age 15 that many hams take years to do. And, he is only beginning.”


Marty will be recognized during the Huntsville Hamfest on Aug. 19 in the Von Braun Center, Huntsville AL.

The Young Ham of the Year Award was inaugurated by William Pasternak, WA6ITF, in 1986. Upon his passing in 2015, Bill’s name was added to the award as a memorial to his commitment to recognizing the accomplishments of young people to the amateur radio service.

In addition the Amateur Radio Newsline, CQ Magazine and Yaesu USA are primary sponsors, along with Heil Sound Ltd. and Radiowavz Antenna Company.