Andrew Koenig KE5GDB Awarded the Annual RWK Warren Bruene Award for 2020

Andrew Koenig KE5GDB holds the 2020 Warren Bruene Award plaque, as presented by RWK President Chip Coker KD4C

Congrats to Andrew Koenig KE5GDB for being awarded the annual RWK Warren Bruene Award for 2020. The Warren Bruene Award is the highest award given by RWK and is awarded for a history of distinguished service to the Klub.

Appropriately enough, the plaque was presented to Andrew by RWK President Chip Coker KD4C as a work team performed maintenance of the K5RWK Repeater System.

Andrew is the Trustee of the Klub Callsign – K5RWK – and the maintainer of the Klub’s 6 repeater systems. He has spent countless hours maintaining and improving the repeaters and trying to provide the klub with the best repeaters in the Richardson area.

September 2009 cover of CQ Magazine (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)

Andrew was previously awarded the 2009 Young Ham of the Year award at age 15 by Amateur Radio Newsline and CQ Magazine. His picture appeared on the September 2009 cover of CQ Magazine. This program, operating for more than two decades, honors the country’s most outstanding young amateurs. The Young Ham of the Year Award was created by Amateur Radio Newsline founder Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK) and was subsequently renamed the Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year after Bill’s death.

The Warren Bruene Award was named in honor of the long-time Collins Radio engineer in recognition for his contributions to the RWK and to ham radio in general. More information about Warren and his history with Collins Radio can be found on the RWK’s tribute page.