State and Local Governments Honor Amateur Radio In Advance of Field Day:
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June 15, 2017
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State and Local Governments Honor Amateur Radio In Advance of Field Day 2017:
Each year as ARRL Field Day approaches, state and local governments
have traditionally taken the opportunity to honor Amateur Radio in the
form of various proclamations. This year is no exception.
- In Nevada, Governor Brian Sandoval has proclaimed June as Amateur
Radio Month. Sandoval's proclamation cited the ability of Amateur Radio
volunteers "to provide their tireless service, personal equipment, and
technological capabilities in the interest of the citizens of Nevada
and the United States." He also praised Amateur Radio's part in
encouraging the pursuit of educational and career opportunities in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
- The Board of Commissioners in Palm Beach County, Florida, have
proclaimed June 19-25 as Amateur Radio Week. The proclamation takes
note of ARRL Field Day's role as an emergency preparedness exercise,
praised Amateur Radio volunteers' "countless hours" in supporting
communication in the wake of disasters and emergencies as well as for
community events, and expressed appreciation for the SKYWARN
- Idaho Governor Butch Otter has proclaimed June 19-25 as Amateur Radio
Week in his state, to recognize those who volunteer to support
emergency communication after conventional telecommunications fail.
Otter also noted ARRL Field Day as an emergency preparedness exercise
as well as a public demonstration of "skills and readiness to provide
self-supporting communications without further infrastructure."
- In declaring June 19-26 as Amateur Radio Operator Week, Texas
Governor Greg Abbott noted Amateur Radio's contribution to technology
as well as at times "when other forms of communication may be
unavailable or unreliable, Amateur Radio operators have stepped into
the void to relay critical emergency information." Abbott concluded,
"In times of crisis and in times of calm, ham radio operators'
commitment to community remains steadfast."
- In Florida, Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed June 19-25 as Amateur
Radio Week, in recognition of Amateur Radio's contributions in
providing "a critical communications link" in disasters and emergencies
as well as at public events. He also cited the role radio amateurs play
in the SKYWARN program.
- New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu declared June as Amateur
Radio Month in the Granite State, citing the Amateur Radio Emergency
Service (ARES) program and Amateur Radio volunteer efforts in
emergencies and during public events. "Amateur Radio once again proved
its undisputed relevance in the modern world by providing emergency
communications when other systems failed in the aftermath of the Boston
Marathon bombing and hurricanes Sandy and Katrina," the proclamation
- The City of Poway, California, has declared the week of June 17 as
Amateur Radio Field Day Week there. A proclamation is to be presented
on June 17 during a ham radio breakfast gathering, at which members of
the City Council will be present. The proclamation cites the value of
Amateur Radio in providing public service and emergency communication.
- In Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed June as Amateur
Radio Month. His proclamation noted that Amateur Radio "provides
excellent volunteer emergency communications" for various agencies. It
also points out that "by continuous learning and experimentation,
Amateur Radio operators help to forward the science of electronics and
radio-related communications" and inspires young people to pursue
career opportunities in radio and electronics.
- In Massachusetts, Governor Charles Baker, has proclaimed June 24 as
Amateur Radio Day. His proclamation cited Amateur Radio's role in
emergency and disaster communication as well as its role in providing
"community support and technical training to local service clubs,
organizations, and interested citizens." In separate resolutions, the
Massachusetts House and Senate commended ARRL Field Day.
- In South Carolina, the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club (GSARC) on
June 13 accepted an Amateur Radio Week proclamation from the City of
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