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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB072 (1996)

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ARLB072 President's Message

Note: This bulletin has been revised to clarify an earlier report.

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ARRL Bulletin 72  ARLB072
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  October 9, 1996
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB072 President's Message

President Bill Clinton has sent greetings to the Amateur Radio community
during the week leading up to the October 12-13 Simulated Emergency Test.
While the President's message refers to ''Amateur Radio Week,'' it is not a
formal Presidential declaration as earlier reported. ARRL member Darlana
Mayo, KB2EPU, of Mt Vernon, New York, worked with the White House for
several months to get the greetings. Mayo said she wanted the president to
''be aware of our value to the community--particularly in emergencies.''
Mayo--a ham for 10 years--is a member of ARES and RACES, and serves as an
assistant director and an assistant emergency coordinator in the Hudson
Division.

Here's the text of the White House message, which was signed by President
Clinton:

Warm greetings to everyone observing October 7 through 13, 1996, as
Amateur Radio Week.

In the past century, the medium of radio has changed the way we live
and the way we view our world, and Amateur Radio operators have
played a vital role in this communications phenomenon. Sharing
knowledge and technological expertise, connecting computers via
radio equipment, and linking people all across the globe, ham radio
operators have helped to make our world a true global village. But
even more important, they have provided a crucial lifeline of relief
in times of disaster and hardship, ensuring that hope and help are
on the way to those in need.

Amateur Radio Week offers us a welcome opportunity to thank our
nation's amateur radio operators for their commitment to excellence
and their willingness to work for the well-being of others.

Best wishes for a wonderful week.

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