FULTON – At its March meeting, the Fulton Amateur Radio Club presented a check for $100 to Pamela Cantine, wife of Thomas G. Cantine, as a donation to the Thomas G. Cantine Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship was established after the untimely death of Thomas G. Cantine Jr., who was an active amateur radio operator for more than 50 years.
Obtaining his license at the age of 13 in 1957, Tom held the call sign: W2TQF.
His hobby of amateur radio led to a career as a sales engineer and engineering consultant. Tom taught amateur radio classes, was a volunteer examiner, active in ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and was a charter member of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club and served as the president of the radio club for several terms.
This scholarship has been set up in memory of Tom and his passion for amateur radio.
The purpose of amateur (ham) radio is to foster the art of wireless communications, and to encourage goodwill, cooperation, education and emergency preparedness among licensees at local, national, and global levels.
Licensed amateurs agree to abide by license class rules outlined by the FCC after passing a written examination.
A wide variety of activities and interests are available to the amateur radio operator.
The Fulton Amateur Radio Club, founded in 1957, offers forums for discussion of relevant topics, instructions for amateur licensing, FCC license testing and training for volunteer operators who provide wireless communications during special community events and emergencies.
This annual college scholarship, in the amount of $500, was awarded in 2017 to Daniel Grant, N2DRG, of Clayton.