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Amateur radio club patches in Mahoning Valley patients to Santa

Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association patches patients into Santa

Volunteers from the Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association made their annual rounds recently at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus in Boardman. The radio operators visited nearly 20 children in the ER and on patient floors carrying novel-looking radio equipment patched directly into the “North Pole.”

“SantaNet” in the Valley

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“HO HO HO, Merry Christmas!” The sound of Santa’s voice crackles through a hand-held radio device. The little girl, wearing a tiger gown, perks up and smiles, her eyes alight as she hears Santa calling her name.