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Ham radio operators honored by state, county leaders.



Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and state Rep. John Ragan, both Oak Ridge Republicans, attended the Anderson County Commission meeting Monday night to present Senate Joint Resolution No. 1646, honoring amateur radio operators and their service across the state.


Anderson County leaders joined the legislators in recognizing the service of a number of local residents who are licensed amateur radio operators and members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), according to a county government news release.


The state’s resolution recognizes the 19,835 licensed amateur radio operators who embody “the historic spirit of the Volunteer State” and provide invaluable services to their fellow citizens and local first responders during emergencies and natural disasters.


The ARES consists of licensed amateurs who voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.


Local members of ARES who attended Monday night’s meeting to receive the resolution

were: Darrell Cook, Jim Womack, Jamie Wright, Sam Howard, Jim Bogard, and Bart Rollen.

To learn more about the ARES, visit online at www.arrl.org/ares.



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