The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) has presented the ARRL with its Hertz Award for “exceptional devotion to the activities of NPSTC and unwavering support of the public safety community.” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, accepted the award on the League’s behalf on May 6 at the NPSTC meeting in Washington, DC. The award’s namesake, Heinrich Hertz, was among the early wireless pioneers, and his name now is the scientific unit for cycles per second. The Hertz Award is not an annual award, but “only awarded when exceptional performance warrants it,” NPSTC Chairman Ralph A. Haller, N4RH, pointed out in notifying the League of the honor.
“ARRL has supported NPSTC meetings for the past several years by shipping and helping coordinate the technical equipment used to support our meetings and events,” Haller said. “As an active voting [NPSTC] member, ARRL has provided engaged representatives who work hard to keep the work of NPTSC moving forward. ARRL is a valued member of the NPSTC Governing Board and represents the leadership represented by the Hertz award.”
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, credited Amateur Radio volunteers. “This award was earned by the thousands of ARRL volunteers whose devotion to service makes our country and our communities better, safer places to live,” she said.
Haller said the League’s achievements and advocacy on behalf of public safety communications professionals “are numerous and important and have helped change the face of public safety communications.”
“You provide a true service through the time your organization devotes to furthering the cause of public safety telecommunications through unwavering commitment and expertise,” Haller concluded.