Massachusetts House Passes Resolution Proclaiming Amateur Radio Week

A resolution has been passed in the Massachusetts State House honoring Amateur Radio operators and proclaiming an “Amateur Radio Week” to coincide with Field Day. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Jonathan Hecht, who represents the 29th Middlesex District (Cambridge, Watertown).  It was signed on June 18, 2018 by Hecht, …

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Massachusetts Senate Proclaims Amateur Radio Week

A Resolution has been received by the ARRL Eastern and Western MA Section Managers from Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester), President of the Massachusetts State Senate.  The Resolution, adopted on June 4, 2018, is entitled “Commemorating Amateur Radio Week and Honoring Amateur Radio  Operators as They Celebrate Field Day”:   WHEREAS,  …

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MA Governor, Senate & House Issue Amateur Radio Proclamations

Proclamations have been sent to ARRL Eastern and Western MA Section Managers from the Massachusetts Governor’s Office, the State House of Representatives, and the MA Senate, respectively. These proclamations coincide with the annual ARRL Field Day event on June 24-25, 2017.

The proclamation from the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declares June 24th, 2017 to be Amateur Radio Day:

 

“WHERE AS, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approximately 14,000 amateur radio operators, who continually demonstrate their value in public assistance;”

“Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 24th, 2017 to be, Amateur Radio Day , and urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance”

 

A Resolution of the Massachusetts Senate states in part:

 

Senate Resolution Title: “Celebrating the National Amateur Radio Field Day of the American Radio Relay League”

Excerpt from the resolution: “WHEREAS, The American Radio Relay League Serves more than 725,000 Licensed Radio Amateurs in the United States and will hold its Annual Field Day on June 24 and June 25, 2017;”

“WHEREAS The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approximately 13,000 Amateur Radio operators that dedicate their, time, equipment and knowledge to assist their communities and the American Radio Relay league has provided a free public communications service to the communities during disaster for more than 100 years;”

“RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts Senate hereby commends the American Radio Relay League’s National Amateur Radio Field Day;”

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Gov. Baker and MA State Senate Give Amateur Radio Proclamations for Field Day Weekend

Massachusetts Coat of ArmsEastern and Western MA Section Managers Tom Walsh, K1TW and Ed Emco, W1KT were able to secure proclamations from the governor and the state senate proclaiming Field Day weekend as Amateur Radio weekend in Massachusetts.

Full size copies are available at these links:

Governor Baker’s Proclamation
MA State Senate Proclamation

 

-Thanks, wma.arrl.org

 

 

 

 

 


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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Honors Amateur Radio, ARRL

2014 Gubernatorial Amateur Radio Proclamation[UPDATE: On June 28, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a Citation recognizing ARRL’s anniversary. The text is included at the end of this story.]

The Executive and Senate branches of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have recognized Amateur Radio and the ARRL with a Gubernatorial Proclamation and Senate Resolution, respectively. The Governor recognized an “Amateur Radio Day” while the Senate resolved to “join in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Radio Relay League.”

Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI accepted the documents today from Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr (R-Gloucester) at his State House office. Separate copies of the documents are being mailed to Ed Emco, W1KT, the ARRL Section Manager of Western Massachusetts. Also assisting with the project was newly appointed State Government Liaison Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG, of Gloucester.

Temples will tour various Field Day sites on June 28-29 to show the proclamation and resolutions to ARRL clubs and groups participating in the annual exercise. Tarr, who is also a licensed ham, plans to tour several Field Day sites in his district with copies of the documents as well.

Here is the text of the Gubernatorial Proclamation:

A PROCLAMATION

His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Amateur radio has always played a significant role in developing world-wide radio communications; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approximately 14,000 amateur radio operators, who continually demonstrate their value in public assistance; and

Whereas Amateur radio operators are constantly vigilant in case of tornado, flood, hurricane, or other local emergency, in order that they may use their equipment and skills to assist local and state officials; and

Whereas Massachusetts amateur radio operators have generously donated their time, equipment, and knowledge to provide communications support and technical training to local service clubs, organizations, and interested citizens; and

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 13th, 2014, to be,

AMATEUR RADIO DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-third day of May, in the year two thousand and fourteen and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

 

 

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick

Governor of the Commonwealth

 

William Francis Galvin

Secretary of the Commonwealth

 

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THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE

RESOLUTIONS

2014 Senate Amateur Radio Resolution

 

CELEBRATING THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE

 

WHEREAS, AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS ARE CELEBRATING OVER A CENTURY OF THE MIRACLE OF THE HUMAN VOICE BROADCAST OVER THE AIRWAYS AND, IN 2014, THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE IS CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF PROMOTING AND ADVANCING THE ART, SCIENCE AND ENJOYMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO; AND

WHEREAS, THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE IS THE LEADING ORGANIZATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO IN THE USA AND SERVES OVER 164,000 MEMBERS, MOSTLY LICENSED RADIO AMATEURS, IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD; AND

WHEREAS, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION’S HEADQUARTERS IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, HAS BEEN HOME TO THE HIRAM PERCY MAXIM MEMORIAL STATION SINCE 1938 AND RECEIVES VISITS FROM NEARLY 2,000 INDIVIDUALS A YEAR; AND

WHEREAS, THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE’S MISSION IS “TO PROMOTE AND ADVANCE THE ART, SCIENCE AND ENJOYMENT OF AMATEUR RADIO” AND MEMBERS SPAN THE GLOBE, SUPPORTED BY THE ORGANIZATION’S PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, PUBLICATIONS AND EXPERTS; AND

WHEREAS, AMATEUR RADIO HAS CONTINUED TO PROVIDE A BRIDGE BETWEEN PEOPLES, SOCIETIES AND COUNTRIES BY CREATING FRIENDSHIPS AND SHARING IDEAS; AND

WHEREAS, AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS HAVE ALSO PROVIDED COUNTLESS HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICES BOTH IN EMERGENCIES AND TO OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THESE DECADES, NOW THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, THAT THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE HEREBY JOINS IN CELEBRATING THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, THAT A COPY OF THESE RESOLUTIONS BE TRANSMITTED FORTHWITH BY THE CLERK OF THE SENATE TO THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE.

SENATE, ADOPTED, JUNE 23, 2014.


THERESE MURRAY
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

OFFERED BY:
SENATOR BRUCE E. TARR

 

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House of Representatives;

Be it hereby known to all that the Massachusetts House of Representatives offers its sincerest Congratulations to the American Radio Relay League in Recognition of its 100th Anniversary and its affiliate, the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, for providing service and education to the Cape Ann Community. The entire membership extends the very best wishes and expresses the hope for future good fortune and continued success in all endeavors.

Given this 28th day of June, at the State House, Boston, Massachusetts

By: Robert A. DeLeo

Speaker of the House

Offered by State Representative

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

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K3HI Steps Down as State Government Liaison

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Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI, Framingham, has resigned as the State Government Liaison for Massachusetts.

“My current schedule does not allow me to contribute as SGL as much as I had been able to in the past. It is time for me to resign as SGL,” writes K3HI. “It’s been a good ride. A couple of quashed bills here and there, a couple of proclamations now and then, assisting Tom Carrigan, NE1R to get PRB-1 into Massachusetts law, and then helping a number of hams with the legal citation for their zoning boards,” he adds.

Eastern MA ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI praised O’Donnell’s efforts in his SGL role over the past several decades. “It’s been a tremendous experience to work with someone as dedicated as Shawn. He’s performed a superb job of keeping his finger on the pulse of Beacon Hill, and warning the amateur community of potential legislation that might have an adverse impact on our hobby service.”

“It’s time for some new blood and excitement in the role,” added O’Donnell. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you. Please pass along my 73.”

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Ipswich EMA To Conduct First Field Day Operation

2012 ARRL Field Day logo A new Field Day effort conducted by the Ipswich Emergency Management Agency will debut in Ipswich this weekend, according to EMA Director Jon Hubbard, W1HUB.

The group is off to a great start in the public relations department: they secured an official proclamation in conjunction with Field Day from the Town’s Board of Selectmen at a June 11 meeting. The presentation can be viewed at http://ipswichma.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=244.

“This year will be [our] first attempt at field day operating as W1IEM. We will be operating on Saturday, June 23 from 2-6PM and maybe a little longer depending on interest levels.”

Hubbard invites all interested parties to visit their Field Day operation. Map and directions can be found on the Eastern MA Field Day page at http://fd.ema.arrl.org/SiteDetail.php?site=IEM.

 

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Sen. Bruce Tarr Visits Cape Ann ARA

Sen. Bruce Tarr visit to CAARA, July 17, 2011The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association hosted Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr, N1UIU along with Eastern MA ARRL leaders at its club house in Gloucester on Sunday, July 17. Tarr brought along the original Senate-House Resolution proclaiming Amateur Radio Week in Massachusetts. His office was instrumental in helping the Eastern MA ARRL field organization to secure both the legislative resolution as well as a gubernatorial proclamation.

Sen. Tarr described the steps involved in creating the resolution and its impact–particularly, how it underscores the work of amateur radio operators in the Commonwealth. He praised CAARA and its members for their dedication to public service, as well as acknowledging the club’s ARRL Special Service Club status.

[See also:

Governor Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts
MA Senate Passes Amateur Radio Week Declaration]

Shown here (l-r): Sen. Bruce Tarr, N1UIU; ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI; ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY; Local Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG; CAARA President Stanley Stone, W4HIX. Photo courtesy Dean Burgess, KB1PGH.

 

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Marlborough Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week”

City of Marlborough 2011 Amateur Radio Week ProclamationThe City of Marlborough has recognized the efforts of its more than 140 licensed Amateur Radio operators “who have demonstrated their value in public assistance” with a special proclamation coinciding with Field Day.

The Proclamation, signed by Nancy E. Stevens, Mayor of Marlborough, recognizes ARRL Field Day and proclaims June 26-July 2, 2011 as “Amateur Radio Week.”

The document was on display at the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club‘s Field Day operation conducted from the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MA Senate Passes Amateur Radio Week Declaration

2011 MA Senate Resolution honoring Amateur Radio WeekIn conjuntion with ARRL Field Day, the Massachusetts State Senate passed a Resolultion late last week “honoring Amateur Radio operators as they celebrate Amateur Radio Week and participate in Field Day.”

Like the Governor’s Proclamation, the Senate Resolution was brought about through the efforts of State Government Liaison, K3HI, Local Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG, by several club presidents; and, by one licensed Amateur in particular who happens to be a Massachusetts State Senator: Bruce Tarr, N1UIU.

Although a copy was not available to tour during Field Day, hard copies of the Resolution have been transmitted to ARRL Headquarters, and to Eastern and Western MA Section Managers Phil Temples, K9HI and Ed Emco, W1KT, respectively.

Sen. Tarr writes about the Resolution in his blog at http://www.tarrtalk.com/2011/06/arrl-field-day-event.html.

[See also: Governor Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts!]

 

 

 

 

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Governor Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts!

MA Amateur Radio Week 2011 ProclamationJust in time for Field Day–Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick has declared June 25-26, 2011 to be “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts.

The Proclamation was signed at the Executive Chamber in Boston on June 15. The official document was awarded on June 21 to ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI who met wtih Bianca Hoffman in the Governor’s Office on Beacon Hill. Last year’s proclamation was secured through the diligent efforts of the Hampden County Radio Association in Western Massachusetts. (See <http://ema.arrl.org/node/1712>.)

Several individuals worked to secure this year’s proclamation, according to Temples. “I want to acknowledge the work of our State Government Liaison, K3HI, along with effort by several club presidents–and in particular, one of our Local Government Liaisons, Hank McCarl, W4RIG of Gloucester,” remarked Temples. “Hank set up conversations with the office of the Senate Minority Leader–who is, coincidentally, a licensed amateur, and a member of the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association.” Temples added, “We hope also to secure a Senate Resolution honoring Amateur Radio before the start of Field Day.”

K9HI plans to tour with the official Proclamation throughout Eastern Massachusetts during the Field Day weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Website Makes Letter Writing Regarding HR-607 Easy

Richard Haltermon, KD4PYR, has created a website that makes it very easy to develop a letter for your Congressional representative regarding HR-607 (the bill that would sell off 420-440 MHz). This is as easy as it gets folks! Just enter your callsign and it does the rest.

Bill Morine, N2COP, writes:

“…we used Jim Weaver’s software http://www.kd4pyr.net/hamletter.htm to generate HR-607 letters this past weekend at the Charlotte Hamfest, and it worked wonderfully.”

Please get this info out to clubs and groups.

http://www.kd4pyr.net/hamletter.htm

Send then to:

John Chwat
Chwat & Co.
625 Slaters Lane
Suite 103
Alexandria, VA 22314

[Don’t forget to sign the letter, then mail, fax or email the output.]

Thanks, Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 16 March 2011

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Governor Patrick Declares Massachusetts Amateur Radio Week

Members of the Hampden County Radio Association (HCRA) successfully campaigned a state legislator to obtain from Governor Deval Patrick’s office a proclamation of “Amateur Radio Week” coinciding with the 2010 annual ARRL Field Day event. The complete article including an electronic copy of the proclamation can be seen at the following links:

http://wma.arrl.org/news.php

http://ema.arrl.org/node/1712

Special thanks to HCRA for their efforts and obtaining this proclamation.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator   
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address:
rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Gov. Patrick Declares Amateur Radio Week in MA

2010 Amateur Radio Week Proclamation in MAMembers of the Hampden County Radio Association successfully campaigned a state legislator to obtain from Governor Deval Patrick’s office a proclamation of “Amateur Radio Week” coinciding with the 2010 annual ARRL Field Day event.

According to HCRA’s Marty Bowen, W1MJB, the govenor’s proclamation was obtained through State Representative Angelo Puppolo. Bowen sent Puppolo an invitation to join the HCRA Field Day “in order to acquaint him with the HCRA and give him the opportunity to see amateur radio enthusiasts utilize ARRL field day to hone their emergency communication skills.” Several weeks later, Bowen received a phone call from Puppolo’s aide informing Bowen that the representative was unable to attend Field Day this year, but was interested in learning more about the HCRA and ARRL Field Day. During a series of e-mails and phone conversation with his Western Mass office, Bowen asked for Puppolo’s help in obtaining a proclamation from the Govenor Patrick “honoring the community and emergency communication service performed by Massachusetts amateur radio operators.”

The HCRA through Bowen was also successful in obtaining a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives acknowledging the Hampden County Radio Association for their “voluntary contributions through emergency communications to the towns and cities in Hampden County.”

“It is a welcome reinforcement of the govenor’s proclamation and a timely acknowledgement that the Massachusetts legislature is aware of the important emergency communication services provided to the Commonwealth and the many non government emergency relief providers by the amateur radio operators of Massachusetts,” remarked Bowen.

Kudos to the HCRA and W1MJB for this achievement on behalf of all licensed amateurs in Massachusetts.

 

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MA Amateur Leaders Meet With MEMA Director

formal presentation of Governor's AR Week ProclamationGovernor’s Amateur Radio Week Proclamation June 4-10 Formally Presented

Framingham –- Massachusetts Amateur Radio Leaders met on June 9, 2006 with the MA Emergency Management Director at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). MEMA Director Christine McCombs thanked them for the continuing support of Amateur Radio, especially during the latest weather emergency.

“We are very fortunate to have the continuing support of Amateur Radio,” stated Director McCombs in a meeting attended by State RACES Officer Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, Eastern MA ARRL Section Manager Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN, Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, and SEOC RACES operators Dennis and Karen Brothers, N1DB and K1KEB, respectively. MEMA Chief of Staff Ken McBride also attended the meeting, further complimenting the leadership on the consistency of their response and support of the agency.

Before presiding over an agenda-packed meeting with the assembled leadership, Director McCombs presented the official Amateur Radio Proclamation. Mike Neilsen asked Rob Macedo to accept the document on behalf of all Massachusetts Amateurs.

“No other ham is more deserving of the honor to represent our efforts,” Neilsen said.

Photo: Rob Macedo, KD1CY is seen holding the proclamation in the group picture.

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"Town Meeting" PR Efforts Gain Ground

Seal of the Commonwealth of MassachusettsA representative from the Governor’s office has reached out to the Amateur Radio community in the wake of last week’s perceived “snubbing” of Amateur Radio emergency communications efforts in comments made by the Governor in a televised “Town Meeting.”

According to Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Pam Hickman from the Governor’s Office of External Relations telephoned Macedo yesterday. “Hickman stated the Governor’s Office would like to the ‘make the situation right,'” explained KD1CY.
Macedo told Hickman that he and the ARRL/ARES leadership are seeking a “short visit” with the Governor so that they might “describe Amateur Radio and its benefits to the community.” KD1CY says he’d like to use the opportunity to push for an Amateur Radio proclamation during the June, 2006 timeframe, which coincides with the ARRL’s annual Field Day operating event.

“I gave a brief description of Amateur Radio and what we do and tried to give her a flavor of our organization,” noted Macedo. “Hickman has requested pamphlets and information be sent to her office. I will begin working on that as one of my highest priorities.”

KD1CY expects to have a package consisting of ARES/ARRL pamphlets, sample articles from the ARES E-newsletters, a writeup on the Whittenton Pond Dam operation, and other relevant materials sent to Hickman no later than Friday.

“Depending on time constraints, I may also provide a brief, high-level PowerPoint presentation, leveraging material used from the MEMT meetings where we’ve discussed ARES and RACES.”

In a related development, District Emergency Coordinator Steve Schwarm, W3EVE contacted his state representative regarding the Governor’s comments in the Town Meeting program. “[Steve’s] representative sent a response, saying he was going to be contacting the Governor’s office,” reports Macedo. “This is the first I’ve heard of a state rep getting involved with making contact as well.”

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“Town Meeting” PR Efforts Gain Ground

Seal of the Commonwealth of MassachusettsA representative from the Governor’s office has reached out to the Amateur Radio community in the wake of last week’s perceived “snubbing” of Amateur Radio emergency communications efforts in comments made by the Governor in a televised “Town Meeting.”

According to Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Pam Hickman from the Governor’s Office of External Relations telephoned Macedo yesterday. “Hickman stated the Governor’s Office would like to the ‘make the situation right,'” explained KD1CY.
Macedo told Hickman that he and the ARRL/ARES leadership are seeking a “short visit” with the Governor so that they might “describe Amateur Radio and its benefits to the community.” KD1CY says he’d like to use the opportunity to push for an Amateur Radio proclamation during the June, 2006 timeframe, which coincides with the ARRL’s annual Field Day operating event.

“I gave a brief description of Amateur Radio and what we do and tried to give her a flavor of our organization,” noted Macedo. “Hickman has requested pamphlets and information be sent to her office. I will begin working on that as one of my highest priorities.”

KD1CY expects to have a package consisting of ARES/ARRL pamphlets, sample articles from the ARES E-newsletters, a writeup on the Whittenton Pond Dam operation, and other relevant materials sent to Hickman no later than Friday.

“Depending on time constraints, I may also provide a brief, high-level PowerPoint presentation, leveraging material used from the MEMT meetings where we’ve discussed ARES and RACES.”

In a related development, District Emergency Coordinator Steve Schwarm, W3EVE contacted his state representative regarding the Governor’s comments in the Town Meeting program. “[Steve’s] representative sent a response, saying he was going to be contacting the Governor’s office,” reports Macedo. “This is the first I’ve heard of a state rep getting involved with making contact as well.”

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Town of Framingham To Proclaim June 20-27 “Amateur Radio Week”

Framingham ARA logoDick Marshall, K1KTK writes on FraminghamARA-L@fara.org:

“The Selectmen of the Town of Framingham will issue a Proclamation proclaiming June 20-27 as Amateur Radio Week in Framingham. They will present this Proclamation to us on Thursday evening, June 17 at 7:00 PM at the Selectmen’s Meeting in Town Hall.

“It would be nice to have a good turnout for this presentation. It should take only 10 or 15 minutes, depending on how talkative they will be.”

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N1IV Nominated for Phil McGan PR Award

Jim Duarte, N1IVJim Duarte, N1IV, has been nominated for the ARRL’s prestigious Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award. The McGan award is given annually to the individual who demonstrates volunteer public relations success on behalf of Amateur Radio at the local, state or national level, and will live up to the high standard of achievement exemplified by the late Philip J. McGan.

[I am pleased that the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC has nominated Jim Duarte, N1IV for this prestigious award. Jim has been a superb and consistent performer in the area of public relations on behalf of SMH ARC. He currently serves as Eastern Massachusetts Public Information Coordinator. Jim was instrumental in our securing this year’s Massachusetts Amateur Radio Day proclamation.

As a friend and former co-worker of Phil McGan, I can think of no better candidate deserving of this honor than N1IV. -K9HI]

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