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Congratulations to Angelo

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    If you didn’t hear, for service during the fires, Angelo was recognized for his contributions as ARES coordinator and has been awarded the ARRL Certificate of Merit. Irma reminds me that some folks Don’t get the newsletter, so here it is quoted in full, my emphasis added

    Section News — ARRL Santa Clara Valley — September 1, 2020

    I hope that you’re all doing well !

    To be sure, Northern California has recently undergone profound and
    often alarming environmental changes. With several active wildfire
    zones, air pollution rose to especially dangerous levels, prompting
    multiple Spare-the-Air alerts here. There has been widespread
    destruction of mountain homes, grassland, and forested areas. Many
    residents were forced to evacuate. Tragically, there were also

    In the midst of all of this were our crack ARES teams, which quickly
    deployed with expert-level emergency communications assistance. Teams
    headed by Angelo / K6QAD, Robert / KJ6FFP, and Louis / NJ6H provided a
    consistently high level of communications support during a rapidly
    escalating situation. Michael / N6MEF also kept me posted as to the
    ARES operations in San Jose.

    In light of the extraordinary contributions of these respective groups
    on the front lines, I’ve issued ARRL Certificates of Merit.
    Watch for
    an upcoming article on these significant events by our section Public
    Information Coordinator, Ms. Suellene Petersen / K6CPA. On behalf of
    the Santa Clara Valley section, thank you all, and congratulations !

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    Neil, W6VG

    Congratulations are definitely in order! Call sign not exactly correct, but we all know who you are. Sixteen or so of us did multiple shifts throughout the incident, but Angelo was there all day, every day. Wonderful to receive ARRL recognition, and Angelo should get a ton more from us. – Neil


    Oh I didn’t get this one, but yes I received the certificate during the activation.
    Since I certainly have not done more than anyone else in this group. Here is what I replied to the SM.

    “Thanks James,
    I accept it on behalf of the many ARES operators that have been activated during last week from the entire Coastside district including La Honda, Pescadero, Loma Mar, San Gregorio, South Skyline, Woodside, Half Moon Bay, Montara, El Granada and the ones that responded to calls for support and came down from San Francisco.

    We really have an incredible well trained ARES team here on the coast.

    I will send you all their call signs with my incident report when we’re done.

    Angelo N6QAD
    EC La Honda, Pescadero, Loma Mar, San Gregorio”

    So let’s change the title of this post to:
    Congratulations to us.


    Lisa, W6LSC

    Yes, congratulations to Angelo!! You’re a radio rock star, for sure.

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