Thomas (Tom) Dewing Kohli (WA4TE) was a Life Member of the Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County, Inc.  Tom became a silent key on December 6, 2017 at a tremendous 80 years young.

Tom was employed by Bechtel Corporation for 50 years, as a Structural Civil Engineer.  He worked in South Korea building a nuclear plant and in San Clemente, CA building San Onofre Nuclear Plant, as well as Yucca Mountain Nuclear Facility in Nevada.  Mr. Kohli was the owner of Costa Del Mar, Inc., Consulting.  He was a lifetime member of the NRA, a member of Pinetucky Gun Club.

Tom was an avid Amateur Radio Operator and enjoyed experimenting with newer technologies before such technologies really became common among users.  One such technology was that of Bluetooth.  Tom was one of the first to integrate the use of Bluetooth Headsets with his amateur radios.  Tom also enjoyed learning how to use the recently released Raspberry Pi for incorporating into the amateur radio hobby.

Over Tom’s tenure of being a licensed amateur radio operator, he collected a tremendous amount of amateur radio gear for which his wife, Vicky B. Kohli, and estate chose to donate to the Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County, Inc. to continue the  specific purpose of preserving, promoting, proliferating, and educating on Amateur Radio, as well as to assist governmental and non-governmental agencies in times of emergencies/disasters.

For this the members of the Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County, Inc. are forever grateful and voted to honor Tom by providing the Thomas Kohli Ham of the Year award to a deserving Amateur Radio Club of Columbia County, Inc. Member each year.

The member receiving this award will be selected from among nominations submitted by fellow ARCCC, Inc. Club Members.  The ARCCC, Inc. Nominations Committee will review the nominations in October each year and will select the recipient for the award.  The Thomas Kohli Ham of the Year Award will be presented to the selected recipient at the ARCCC, Inc. Christmas and Awards Dinner in December each year.

The minimum eligibility requirements for the “Thomas Kohli Ham of the Year Award” are:

  • Licensed Amateur Radio Operator
  • ARCCC, Inc. member in good standing (to review the ARCCC, Inc. Members in Good Standing please visit

Some of the qualifications the ARCCC, Inc. Nominations Committee will consider to determine to winner include:

  • Donation of significant effort or resources to ARCCC, Inc.
  • Visible good example and “ambassador” for Amateur Radio in the community
  • Elmer to new hams
  • Individual preparedness (examples: emergency training, upgraded license, etc.)
  • Regular participant in club meetings and events
  • Net participation or Net Control Operator
  • Volunteer Examiner and/or Instructor

Nominees do have to meet the eligibility requirements but do not have to meet all of the above qualifications, and nominations may include other relevant accomplishments not listed above.

To nominate an ARCCC, Inc. Club Member for the “Thomas Kohli Ham of the Year Award”, please notify the ARCCC, Inc. Nominations Committee by completing the form below with the name of the ARCCC, Inc. Member you would like to nominate along with and explanation of why you feel they should receive this award.

Nominations are encouraged to be made throughout the year.  So when an ARCCC, Inc. member achieves an accomplishment, consider nominating them for the Thomas Kohli Ham of the Year Award!

<TKHOTYA Nominations Form Goes here>
NOTE:  This form should only be accessible by ARCCC, Inc. members who log into the website or the form should require an ARCCC username/password to ensure only ARCCC, Inc. Members in good standing are able to submit nominations.

NOTE:  This webpage should be placed under the “Awards” page under the “Membership” page on the ARCCC, Inc. website.