Library receives set of amateur radio operating books amid budget crisis

NOARC books amateur radio

North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club members present a set of amateur radio training books to Crestview Public Library Director Jean Lewis, center. From left are Ron Mahn, training director, Bob Sullivan, Mike Martel and President Bob Walker.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Eleven new manuals and handbooks recently donated to the Crestview Public Library will be a valuable resource for amateur radio enthusiasts — also called “hams” — Library Director Jean Lewis said.

Among the North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club’s donations were training manuals, for new amateur radio buffs seeking operator’s licenses, and guides for more advanced hams. The donation will benefit the Crestview area and serve radio buffs throughout the county, Lewis said.

“These are very good, excellent books on ham radio,” she said. “Until this donation, we only had one book, which was ‘Ham Radio for Dummies.’”

The donation comes when the Crestview City Council has eliminated the library’s book acquisition budget.

“We’re helping the library get books they can’t afford to buy,” NOARC activities director Cal Zethmayr, W4GMH, said. “Anybody who wants to study ham radio or learn more about it can check these out.”

The books are available to any Okaloosa County resident within the county library system, Lewis said.

“We knew the library was under pressure for money to get new books,” Zethmayr said. “These are brand new books the (American Radio Relay League) requires. If we can reach more people and get more operators, the better for the community.”

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