RESCUE RADIO: HAMWATCH AND THE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT The mayor of South El Monte, California, has praised ham radio operators who assist her city and the nation in time of need and she did so in a most unusual way. On the air.
Click here to listen — Mayor Figueroa: “To all of you Hamwatch operators, thank you for helping all of your cities. National Night Out – remember to say no to crime, leave yiur lights on and thank you for doing a great job. God bless you and god bless America.” —
That’s Mayor Blanca Figueroa and the story of how she got to thank the ham community for its involvement is actually a story unto itself. One that kind of involves us here at Newsline. At least peripherally.
On Tuesday August 7th, communities across the nation participated in the “National Night Out.” This is an opportunity for communities to to promote activities aimed at increasing security with programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Emergency Response Teams and of course Amateur Radio.
One such event was held in the City of South El Monte, a suburb of Los Angeles. That’s where members of the Temple Station Hamwatch Group were present to display radio equipment and answer questions related to Ham Radio.
As part of the demonstration Deputy Hector Figueroa, KE6VRL, used a portable station to transmit what the group calls the “Amateur Radio Newsline – Check-In Net” at its regularly scheduled time on the local N6USO repeater. As the net was winding down, Mayor Figueroa requested a moment at the microphone. And as you heard, she used it to thank the members of Hamwatch and the Amateur Radio community for their ongoing efforts to communities all across the United States. (KE6VRL)