Off Topic: HAM RADIO OPERATORS "TRUE HEROES,"
andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Tue Feb 14 21:45:20 CST 2006
==>HAM RADIO OPERATORS "TRUE HEROES," REP MIKE ROSS, WD5DVR, SAYS IN
US Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR), this week offered "A Salute to Ham Radio
Operators" on the floor of the US House. Ross, one of two Amateur Radio
licensees in the House of Representatives (the other is Rep Greg Walden,
W7EQI, R-OR), addressed his colleagues February 8 to recognize the
contributions of the Amateur Radio community in the wake of last year's
devastating hurricane season.
"Citizens throughout America dedicated to this hobby--a hobby that some
people consider old fashioned or obsolete--were true heroes in the aftermath
of Hurricane Katrina as they were often the only line of communication
available into the storm ravaged areas," Ross said.
He noted that while ham radio is often overlooked "in favor of flashier
means of communication," Gulf Coast communities learned after the 2005
hurricanes that technology can be "highly vulnerable" to storm damage. "Ham
radios, entirely self- contained transmitters, require no cell towers or
satellites, simply a battery and a strip of wire as an antenna," Ross
Because of the "critical intervention" of radio amateurs across the US, Ross
said, many lives were saved following Hurricane Katrina.
"The dedication displayed by ham radio operators in the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina sets a tremendous example for us all," Ross concluded,
noting that "now more than ever" he's proud to be an Amateur Radio operator.
"The people whose lives were rescued as a result of the tireless dedication
of ham radio operators will forever be grateful to these selfless public
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