Dan Friedrichs, K0IPG, receives RCA scholarship

Senior at South Dakota State University studies electrical engineering

Dan Friedrichs, K0IPG Dan Friedrichs, K0IPG

This is the third year in a row that Daniel A. Friedrichs, K0IPG, of Le Mars, Iowa, and Brookings, South Dakota, has been selected by the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) to receive scholarship money. FAR named him to receive $1,000 from RCA for the 2007-2008 academic year.

“I am very grateful to be receiving this scholarship. Being associated with the long history and great legacy of the Radio Club of America is quite the honor,” Dan told me when I got in touch with him.

A 21-year-old senior studying electrical engineering at South Dakota State University, Dan has an Extra class amateur radio license, and he helped his younger brother to also become licensed. He is a past president and current member of the board of directors of the Le Mars Community Amateur Radio Club, and a member of the Brookings Radio Research Club.

He is interested in home-brewing and has constructed three 2-meter repeaters from Motorola surplus as well as antennas and other items.

The index for the September 2003 issue of QST lists an article written by Dan, “An Easy to Build, Dual-Band Collinear Antenna.”

Dan previously received $1,000 from RCA for the 2006-2007 academic year. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Dan received the $1,500 Jacobson-Kelleher Memorial Scholarship from the Quarter Century Wireless Association in a program administered on QCWA’s behalf by FAR.

Also for the 2007-2008 academic year, Dan was selected by the ARRL Foundation to receive a $1,000 scholarship grant named in memory of the late Richard W. Bendicksen, N7ZL. The ARRL Foundation previously selected Dan for the 2005-2006 academic year to receive the $1,000 PHD Scholarship Award, named for the PHD Amateur Radio Association of Kansas City, Missouri. The PHD club was dissolved by a vote of its members several years ago.

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Thank-you to Diane Zimmerman, AA3OF, chairman of the FAR Scholarship Committee, which administers three of RCA’s scholarships. After FAR announced the scholarship winners, she provided me some information about Dan.

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