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By Jacquie Oliverius Contra Costa Times  07/20/2011

Radio waves

Congratulations to two area men who were honored at the annual banquet of the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) by club president John Ronan.

Radio amateurs Chuck Graham and John Primus, both Concord residents, were recognized for community service. Four years ago, the pair joined forces to offer educational and training programs for those interested in receiving amateur radio licenses.

The programs are offered at the Salvation Army Community Center in Concord, and "include courses for amateur radio licensing at all levels, courses for licensed amateurs in radio, electronics, and emergency communication," said Graham. "These courses are open for free to all ages, albeit there is a small charge for the textbook."

Amateur radio is also known as ham radio, and all licensed operators use call numbers to identify themselves. So to be correct, I should say that Ronan, K3ZJJ, presented Graham, KI6DCD, and Primus, AF6RJ, with their awards.

Graham has long been a radio amateur, is a member of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) and serves on the organization's advisory board. At the banquet, Ronan presented him with the MDARC Award for Outstanding Dedication to Public Service.

Primus has a Ph.D. in business administration and is retired from Cal State East Bay and received the MDARC Kilroy Key Award for his dedicated service to the amateur radio community. The award, which was established decades ago, features an antique telegraph key that was owned by the founder of MDARC in 1946.

The next seven-week courses are forming now and will begin Aug. 18. County residents of all ages are welcome to join the classes offered by Graham and Primus. For more information on the amateur radio courses, email or call 925-465-9554.