The contributions of amateur radio operators were recognized by the Delaware House of Representatives on June 6.

The chamber passed House Resolution 30, lauding amateur radio operators for providing hours of service facilitating communications during emergencies and local public events.

The legislation also noted the radio amateurs’ five decades of involvement in the National Weather Service’s SKYWARN, a program in which trained spotters provide reports of severe and hazardous weather to meteorologists.

“These men and women are like volunteer firefighters,” State Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton-Lewes, who sponsored HR 30 on behalf of all House members. “When we need them most, they are there for us, providing their services without compensation.”

The measure also declared June 2018 as Amateur Radio Month in Delaware and promoted the American Radio Relay League’s upcoming Field Day, a 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise demonstrating the radio amateurs’ ability to provide self-supporting communications, set for June 23-24.