FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rachel Harris, <Rachel.Harris@mail.house.gov>
October 29, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced a resolution to designate April 18, 2021, as National Amateur Radio Operators Day to recognize the important contributions of amateur radio operators to our nation.
“It is my honor to introduce this legislation to honor the important contributions of amateur radio operators in Arizona and across our nation,” said Congresswoman Lesko. “Amateur radio operators are critical in times of crisis and our communities are safer thanks to their dedication to sharing important information with the public.”
Lesko was approached to introduce this resolution by a young amateur radio operator, Raymond, N7KCB, from Peoria, Arizona.
"I started Long Distance Responders so I can help prepare the community for emergencies with amateur radio,” said Raymond. “There might be a price for a radio, but the ability and knowledge to help someone is truly priceless."
Amateur radio has served an important purpose throughout our nation’s history. In times of crisis and natural disasters, amateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when phone service has been impacted. World Amateur Radio is celebrated annually on April 18th and this resolution recognizes this important community with a national day in the United States in 2021.
To celebrate the introduction of the resolution, Lesko hosted a virtual event with the Sun City Grand HAMs and other amateur radio operators in the West Valley.