Jerry Wetzel has relayed messages to scientists and military personnel at the South Pole from his amateur radio station in Butler and provided a vital communications link to people in the path of hurricanes.
He has talked with astronauts aboard the International Space Station who are ham radio operators.
“It's a great hobby. There is so much to it,” said Wetzel, 74, who spent 29 years in the Army and became a ham radio operator in 1956.
Wetzel is one of the more than 23,000 licensed ham radio operators in Pennsylvania who have relayed messages to families of disaster victims, worked as weather watchers for the National Weather Service and taught a younger generation about their hobby...
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