Two youth receive radio equipment

Courtesy Photo Shown from left are Stan Darmofal, W8SZ, Alcona County emergency coordinator and radio officer; parents Anne and Bob Mills and their son, Robby Mills, KE8GLG; Rick Gull, KD8AQT, instructor; Mark Collins III, KE8GLF, and his parents Mark and Traci Collins II; and Art Laatz, K8AKL, youth program administrator.

Alcona County Amateur Radio Group and Alcona County 4-H have teamed-up for 14 years to sponsor Amateur Radio FCC license classes for more than 50 youth. Included is a youth equipment program for those who successfully complete the license class.

The program provides new radios and is funded primarily by donations and group member “silent key” bequests. In amateur radio parlance, a “silent key” is an amateur radio operator who has passed on.

New ham radios recently were presented to Mark Collins III, KE8GLF, and Robby Mills, KE8GLG, who as part of the 4-H Ham Radio Club will provide communications assistance for various public service events like the Alcona County Fair and county-wide cleanup.