Triple 'A' Amateur Radio Lifetime Achievement
AMBRIDGE, PA (TAARA) - At the April 21, 2022 monthly meeting of the Triple-A Amateur Radio Association (TAARA), President Dominick “Dom” Bedolatti (N3EJL) recognized two members with lifetime contributions to the club and hobby. John “Frank” Cole, Sr. (N3TN) and Harold “Tim” Shane (WJ3E) each received the TAARA Lifetime Achievement Award from the club and also the Certificate of Merit from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
Frank (N3TN) has been licensed for over 41 years, starting in 1981 with his Novice license and the callsign KA3HLH. Frank received his General ticket in 1983 and Advanced ticket in 1985, also changing his callsign to KC3TN. In 1998, Frank received his Extra ticket and the callsign N3TN. Frank received the trusteeship in 1993, retiring from the office at the April meeting. Frank has held every office within TAARA including: President, First and Second Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chief Engineer. Frank has built and sysops the EchoLink node N3TN-R and continues to keep watch over the connectivity today. In addition to his offices within TAARA, Frank has been a member of ARES/RACES since 1985 and also belongs to the Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Association (BVARA). Frank has been the RACES Officer since 1985 for Beaver County.
Tim (WJ3E) has been licensed for over 47 years, starting in 1975 with his Novice license and the callsign WN3ZJE. Tim received his General ticket in 1976 and his Extra ticket in 2013, changing his callsign then to WJ3E. Tim joined TAARA in 1977 and has held several offices to date. Tim was originally a member of Navy MARS, which later changed to Army MARS. In addition, Tim was the RACES Officer until 1985 for Beaver County. Tim also belongs to the Beaver Valley Amateur Radio Association (BVARA).
TAARA would like to congratulate each member on the significant accomplishments each has made to the hobby of amateur radio as well as the club itself. You both have been great “Elmer”s and mentors to hundreds of individuals that have been a part of the club, the repeater, and the hobby itself. Congratulations and job well done!
Dennis Whalen (KC3EJA)