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Ham Operator Remembered for Helping Many People in Wide-Ranging Emergencies

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John R. Glenn III: Ham radio operator remembered for helping many people in wide-ranging emergencies: John R. Glenn III's first attempt at wireless communication involved a do-it-yourself ham radio kit and an antenna made of soldered soup cans that he attached to the roof of his childhood home in Douglas. He parlayed those initial home experiments of his youth into a degree in electrical engineering and a job spanning four decades with the Federal Communications Commission -- many of those years spent at the Douglas monitoring station. In retirement, Glenn took his lifelong hobby to a new level, working with emergency responders to provide radio communications for large-scale emergencies in the Western states, including the 2003 Aspen Fire on Mount Lemmon that consumed 85,000 acres of forest and more than 300 homes and buildings. "John Glenn was very much into emergency communications," said fellow amateur radio operator Dail Terry. "When he was \& on an emergency, he was very good at doing his job. He was always working to help. He was good people." "Good people" -- a sentiment shared by all who attended Glenn's memorial service following his Sept. 1 death from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a slow-growing cancer. He was 66.

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