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Hi - I’m Craig, KK4INZ

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Last week at FEMA HQ, I met with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio.  The ARRL is coming up on its Centennial Celebration next year and has been a valuable partner in emergency management through the decades.

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CAPTION: Left to Right: ARRL General Counsel Christopher Imlay, W3KD; ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ; AARL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Mike Corey, W5MPC, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN; FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ; FEMA Chief Technology Officer Ted Okada, K4HNL.

For those of you that are not familiar with Amateur radio, or ham radio as it is sometimes referred, it is the use of certain radio frequencies as a hobby, to exchange non-commercial messages, as a tool for education and experimentation and for public service community activities including assisting in emergency communications.

As a radio amateur, I enjoyed talking with them about the contributions that Hams can make in times of disaster “when all else fails.”

We’re looking forward to their annual Field Day, coming up in June, where I will test my own field gear. It is a great event to encourage first responders and citizens to think about how to prepare for disasters and how to develop a plan for themselves and their communities. And perhaps it will inspire more to consider this great hobby that also has a long and legendary history of public service to the nation.

We’re grateful to our friends at ARRL and look forward to partnering with them in exercises and efforts to plan, prepare, respond and recover from future events that we may face.

-Craig, KK4INZ

Last Updated: 
04/19/2013 - 14:50


Hi Craig - what are your thoughts on the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, House of Representatives bill HR 1301. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of amateur radio communications by private land use restrictions (e.g., covenants)? Thanks and 73

My son has recently received his operator's license. He has found that our small city has a very nice antenna installed at city hall/police station but there is no power supply or radio. He's priced both of these items for me and I think we can get a very nice set-up for $700 or less. I'm on city council here and I've put it before the city that we need to acquire a radio for emergency purposes. The city manager seems to be in agreement and has said he'll put it on next year's budget which means if it makes it's way through the process we won't have the radio until sometime in 2016. I'm interested in obtaining a federal or state grant so we won't have to use money from the already tight general fund and also to speed up the process of getting the station in use. Where do I get started?

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