ARRL East Bay Section

Radio Amateurs Honored for Community Service

Posted by af6aq on June 13th, 2011

CONCORD June 9, 2011 – – Radio Amateurs Chuck Graham, KI6DCD and John Primus, AF6RJ Honored for Community Service.

Chuck Graham and John Primus were honored for their founding of educational and training programs in radio and electronics offered to the community at the Annual Banquet of the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club by MDARC president John Ronan, K3ZJJ.

Since founding nearly four years ago, they have successfully graduated nearly 200 students that have received their Amateur Radio licenses from the Federal Communications Commission. Many of the graduates of the program now form the core of emergency and public service communications for greater Contra Costa County.

The educational and training programs are offered by Mr. Graham and Mr. Primus at the Salvation Army Community Center on Clayton Road, Concord. These programs include courses for Amateur Radio licensing at all levels, courses for licensed Amateurs in radio, electronics, and emergency communication. These courses are open for free to all ages, albeit there is a small charge for the textbook.

Chuck Graham is a dedicated Radio Amateur, a member of the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), and serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. Mr. Graham has tirelessly and selflessly dedicated himself to public service, emergency communications, and preparedness programs and to the Salvation Army.

John Primus, PhD in Business Administration, a retired university lecture has developed the program courses and recruited a team of nearly 20 instructors. Mr. Primus is now reaching out to other amateur radio clubs, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, and other governmental agencies to train and build their volunteer corps for emergency communication.

At the annual banquet of the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club Mr. Graham received the MDARC Award for Outstanding Dedication to Public Service.

Mr. Primus received a coveted MDARC Kilroy Key award for his dedicated service to the Amateur Radio Community. The Kilroy Key award was established decades ago which sports an antique telegraph key owned by the founder of MDARC in 1946 and placards listing the annual recipients. The antique telegraph key is still functional and is expected to be used on the air at least once by the award recipient.

Members of the Contra Costa County community of all ages are welcome to join the courses offered by Mr. Graham and Mr. Primus which are held throughout the year. Contact information is as follows: For Mr. Graham at, Mr. Primus at, and for amateur radio course information at