Several US states, counties, and communities this month took the opportunity to formally recognize the value of Amateur Radio and the occasion of ARRL Field Day.
Connecticut Gov Dannel Malloy has proclaimed June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week. His proclamation noted that the ARRL is headquartered in Connecticut and has been “promoting and advancing the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio” for more than 100 years. Gov Malloy cited Amateur Radio’s public service contributions as well as its role in providing “a bridge between peoples, societies, and countries.”
Florida Gov Rick Scott has proclaimed June 21-27 as Amateur Radio Week in his state. Scott cited Amateur Radio as a “critical communication link in the event of a disaster,” noting the services that Amateur Radio Emergency Service volunteers provide in Florida’s three ARRL sections. Gov Scott also expressed appreciation for SKYWARN volunteers, many of them radio amateurs, who serve as weather spotters to assist the National Weather Service.
Indiana Gov Mike Pence has declared June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week in his state. Indiana Section Public Information Coordinator Joe March, KJ9M, said Field Day-oriented public service announcements are airing on radio stations throughout the Hoosier State. Efforts have been under way in Indiana to disseminate media releases on Field Day.
Iowa Gov Terry Branstad has proclaimed June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Field Week. He cited Amateur Radio’s contributions in times of emergency and natural disaster and its role in moving forward radio communication and the science of electronics. His proclamation also noted the role of many radio amateurs as volunteer weather spotters. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the home of Rockwell Collins Radio Company, where employees will take part is a “Take Your Radio to Work Day” on June 26, with tours of the company’s two Amateur Radio club stations, N0CXX and W0CXX.
Kansas Gov Sam Brownback has recognized June 27-28 as Kansas Amateur Radio Field Day and encouraged all with an interest in Amateur Radio to visit a Field Day site. The governor’s proclamation cited the role of Field Day in emergency preparedness.
New Hampshire Gov Maggie Hassan proclaimed June as Amateur Radio Month. She cited Amateur Radio’s role in serving as “a bridge between peoples, societies, and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas” as well as its value in public service during emergencies and public events. She encouraged New Hampshire citizens to recognize Field Day weekend as a “demonstration of the radio amateur’s skills and readiness to provide self-supporting communications without further infrastructure required.”
Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin has proclaimed the week of June 21 as Amateur Radio Week and urged all Oklahomans “to pay tribute to the Amateur Radio operators of our state.” Fallin’s proclamation cites ham radio’s “significant role in the development of worldwide radio communication as well as its public service contribution. It notes that Field day “promotes the honing of radio amateurs’ emergency preparedness skills.” Speaking with ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, Gov Fallin cited recent severe weather that Oklahoma has experienced in recent months, including tornadoes and flooding.
Washington Gov Jay Inslee has proclaimed the week of June 21 as Amateur Radio Week. He cited Amateur Radio’s contributions to the public in times of emergencies and disasters. “Amateur Radio operators deserve our recognition and a salute for hundreds of jobs well done,” the proclamation said.
Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker has proclaimed June 27-28 as Amateur Radio Week. Gov Walker recognized Amateur Radio’s public service role and Field Day as “a 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration” of skill and readiness to provide “self-supporting communication.”
The Butts County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners has declared June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week in the county.
Crossville, Tennessee, Mayor James Mayberry has proclaimed the week of June 22-28 as Ham Radio Week, in advance of Field Day.
In Idaho, the Kamiah City Council has proclaimed the week of June 22-28 as Amateur Radio Week. The Council also waived the fee for use of the city park for the Three Rivers Amateur Radio Club’s Field Day operation. Local broadcasters are airing Amateur Radio promotional announcements.