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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB006 (1998)

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ARRL Bulletin 6  ARLB006
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  January 20, 1998
To all radio amateurs

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ARRL Board names 1997 Humanitarian Award winners

The ARRL Board of Directors has presented the 1997 ARRL
International Humanitarian Award to Al Burke, W3VR, and Mae Burke,
W3CUL (SK), in recognition of their lifetime of public service of
traffic handling ''and for their unique dedication to this facet of
Amateur Radio.'' The action came January 16 as the Board met for its
first meeting of the new year in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

Al Burke started handling message traffic by ham radio before the
start of World War II. Mae Burke, who died last November at age 86,
earned a historic record of traffic handling honors over her
lifetime handling overseas traffic for US service personnel, MARS,
Red Cross and other emergency messages during the Korean, Vietnam
and Cold War eras. Much of her civilian traffic included messages on
behalf of disaster victims. In 1956, she won the fifth Edison Radio
Amateur Award for public service. At that time, she operated daily
in six CW nets and handled some 312,000 messages between 1949 and
1957. The Board also cited both Burkes for serving as traffic
handling mentors to others.
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