Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service received an Outstanding Service Award from the Delaware Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education during a ceremony and reception held June 11 in Dover. This award is presented to businesses, individuals, and organizations that provide exemplary service and contributions to the field of Career and Technical Education and the citizens of Delaware.
Recipients are nominated by leaders from business, industry, and education, and are honored for the significant and positive contributions they have made. Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service was nominated for the award by Joseph Booth, a community leader and staff member of Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, in recognition of the group's continued support of the school's amateur radio club, K3STR, and student mentorship. Also recognized was the role that ARES played in arranging the donation of a fully equipped communications van to the school. The nomination further recognized ARES for its role in the reconfiguration of the van in support of Student Senior Projects.
Emergency Coordinator Bill Duveneck accompanied by Deputy Emergency Coordinator Patrick Ryan and assistant emergency coordinators Chuck Betyeman, Bill Prettyman and Herb Quick, accepted the award from advisory council Chairman Samuel Lathem.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service consists of licensed amateur radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership for communications duty and support in the public service. It is the emergency communications component of the American Radio Relay League. ARRL is the national association and advocate for amateur radio in the United States. Today, with more than 161,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world.