The ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio’s unique role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly provide to people in need.
In January 2017, the ARRL board awarded the 2016 award to Richard, AH7G, & Barbara Darling, NH7FY.
Richard & Barbara have long been active in helping others. Part of this award is the assistance the Darling’s provided with radio support to Yap and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Monetary support for radio equipment, school supplies, diapers, medical supplies, food and along with shipping items out to those location in Yap and FSM.
Regular radio contact via HF and phone patches helped keep families connected, some of which had not talked to each other in several years, and provide early warning on weather changes.
Hawaii Country Mayor Harry Kim made April 2017 Roger and Barbara Darling month and personally presented the certificate to the Darlings at the meeting. This was not just a one day recognition but a formal proclamations for a full Month recognition of the Darlings.
Hawaii’s Governor David Ige sent a Special Recognition certificate to each of the Darlings congratulating them on their hard work and service.
Over 75 friends, families, Hawaii Island Amateur Radio operators, ARRL Public Information Officer for Oahu and those that were personally touched by the Darlings work were in attendance at the April meeting at Hilo’s Aupuni Center.
The award was presented by Stacy Holbrook, KH6OWL, the Pacific Section Public Information Officer from Oahu, on behalf of the ARRL and the Pacific Section Manager Joe Speroni, AH0A.
Contributions by: Russell Roberts (KH6JRM), Public Information Coordinator, Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section.
ARRL Pacific Section Public Information Officer, Oahu