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02/05/05 - Nacogdoches

Radio Operators Remember Columbia

Members of the Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club are reaching out to anyone who can hear them, and they're getting a big response.

Kent Tannery, President of the Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club said, "we're calling for contacts, people from all over the United States, and some from outside the United States are calling in making contact with us."

The reason for all this is remembering Columbia.

Tannery said, "it's like a reunion for all the guys that came in from the different towns around East Texas, and some even further. We actually had 2 or 3 guys come in from New York."

During the Shuttle Disaster, several agencies came forward to help. The only problem was they all had different radio frequencies. So the radio club sent out for help.

With each team that went out, a ham operator went with them and reported back to the Command Center, making sure the information got where it was needed.

Tannery said, "ham radio operators, not only locally but from Dallas, Houston, Beaumont, all over, came in and assisted us."

Saturday was a reunion of sorts for those radio operators. Over a burger they talked about the past, and over the air they once again reached out.

For the people who answered the call Saturday, they get a card commemorating Columbia. For the people who answered the call during the Columbia Disaster, they got much more.

Members of the Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club say it was their honor to help serve during the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster. Several members of the club still serve East Texas during disasters, many of them are members of Skywarn, a storm spotting group that works with the National Weather Service.

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