Minnesota Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Days
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) doesn’t overlook what ham radio operators do for the state. In coordination with the annual ARRL Field Day weekend, Governor Walz proclaimed June 25-26, 2022 as ‘Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Days’, giving a nod to the many ways amateur radio operators contribute to our state. The proclamation first began in 2020 shortly after Governor Walz took office and has been happening since every June.
Here is the language in the proclamation:
WHEREAS: During times of national, state, and local emergencies, and for community and public
events, amateur radio operators provide communication resources at no cost to people in
WHEREAS: Amateur radio organizations, including Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and
Amateur Radio Emergency Services, are trained to provide effective emergency
communication and support; and
WHEREAS: Amateur operators trained in spotting and reporting severe weather assist the National
Weather Service and the State of Minnesota through the SKYWARN program; and
WHEREAS: Amateur radio clubs throughout Minnesota provide courses of instruction and assistMinnesota Governor Tim Walz Proclamation, Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Day
elementary and high school students on amateur radio operations, enhancing student
interest in science, geography, and physics, and providing opportunities for students to
become licensed amateur radio programs.
Does this proclamation really do anything tangible? No. However, anything that gets local leaders to hear about and/or recognize amateur radio as valuable is important. It’s this kind of awareness our hobby needs to continue thriving long into the future.
Here is a copy of the proclamation: