Big Island ARRL News, 28 November 2017, 1520 UTC, Post #383.
Accessed on 28 November 2017, 1520 UTC.
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This short article from the “Shelby County Reporter” is an excellent effort at raising public awareness of amateur radio in a local community.
The story focuses on how the Shelby County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) encourages young talent, helps them study for the VEC-monitored exam, and encourages mentoring from club members.
Nine-year-old Helena Staggs (KN4HDO) is the club’s youngest member. She passed her Technician Exam at the Shelby County Hamfest, and missed the General ticket by one question.
According to SCARC member Jason Bentley (KE4FRI), the club is making a concerted effort to get younger licensees involved in community activities:
“Youth entering the amateur radio community ensures that emergency communications will continue to stay alive as new operators learn and train for situations like destruction of communication infrastructure caused by tornados and hurricanes.”
“When all other modes of communications are down, amateur radio operators can setup and operate from remote locations in diverse conditions on battery power, solar or generator in matter of minutes and start passing vital information to agencies and first responders.”
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