The State of Texas office of Governor Greg Abbott has declared June 18-24 as Amateur Radio Operator Week.

Since the invention of the medium in the late 19th century, radio has captured the popular imagination. Amateur radio operators, often called “hams,” enthusiastically embraced this form of communication from its earliest days, connecting to others across the world for the purpose of recreation, experimentation and, most importantly, public service. Along the way, they have greatly improved the technology of amateur radio.

In times of natural disaster, terrorist attacks and strife, when other forms of communication may be unavailable or unreliable, amateur radio operators have stepped into the void to relay critical emergency information. Texas saw this dedication on full display during the response to Hurricane Harvey.

At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about amateur radio and recognize the many contributions amateur radio operators make to our great state. During moments of crisis and periods of calm, ham radio operators’ commitment to community remains steadfast.

Therefore, I Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim June 18-24, 2018, to be Amateur Radio Operator Week.

In honor of this week being Amateur Radio Operator Week the Lubbock Amateur Radio Club will be sponsoring a site in Meadow, Texas, at the Community Center on Saturday from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm and again on Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is open to the public to learn about ham radio and its many uses.