Category: Emergency

State EOC asking for amateur radio operator volunteers (Florida)

The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) is requesting licensed amateur radio operators to help with the response to Hurricane Irma. SERT will feed and shelter any volunteers. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) states its members – amateur radio enthusiasts known as ham radio operators – are ready to help, pointing to the historically large […]

St. Croix Amateur Radio Club Supports Irma Response in US Virgin Islands

Amateur Radio volunteers from the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club are supporting the Hurricane Irma response at the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), utilizing 60-meter band channel 2 (5.346.5 MHz USB) to coordinate emergency communications. The net is continuously monitored and has scheduled situation reports (SITREPS) at 1200 and 2200 UTC. The club’s […]

Help the Ham Aid Response Effort in Florida and the US Virgin Islands

Due to this busy hurricane season, ARRL’s inventory of Ham Aid kits has been severely depleted. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established ARES and partner agencies during disaster response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications support. ARRL has been supplying Ham Aid kits for the Hurricane Irma emergency response […]

via the ARRL: FMRE National Emergency Net Active in Mexico

In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated as of 1300 local time. The net requests support from stations with the ability to handle traffic requests and emergency warnings. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120 MHz as well as […]

Amateur Radio Volunteer Response Continues to Historic Hurricane Irma

“We have survived Hurricane Irma.” That assessment came this morning from ARRL West Central Florida (WCF) Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, who reported that the storm’s eye passed over the Hardee County emergency operations center just before midnight EDT on September 10. (Davis also is the Hardee County Emergency Coordinator). Irma has now been downgraded […]

Communication is key to surviving a disaster (Colorado)

There’s always plenty of Monday-morning-quarterbacking after major disasters, criticizing the way it was handled is easy when everything is in full view after the fact, and there will always be the “what ifs.” But disasters are inherently unpredictable — they wouldn’t be “disasters” if they weren’t. Nonetheless, there are precautionary measures that go a long […]

Ham radio groups work behind the scenes of floods, crashes and emergencies to help community (Utah)

With the advent of cellphones and all things tech, one might wonder if there is still a need for amateur radio operators. Any local radio operator will readily tell you there is — or as Orem operator Keith McQueen explains, “We’re a backup communication resource when everything else goes to pot.” Amateur radio, also dubbed […]

Radio amateurs in CT prepare to help with Irma relief efforts

As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, radio amateurs in Connecticut are gearing up to assist with relief efforts as once the powerful storm makes landfall in the United States. Channel 3 visited the National Office for Amateur Radio in Newington and got a closer look at how people are assisting with communication down south. When natural disasters […]

via the ARRL: Emergency Net Activated in Wake of Earthquake in Mexico

The National Emergency Net of the FMRE — Mexico’s national Amateur Radio association, has activated on 7.060 MHz (the Net also may operate on 3.690 MHz) to handle any emergency traffic after a late evening earthquake occurred off Mexico’s coast. Radio amateurs not involved in the earthquake disaster should avoid those frequencies. The potent magnitude 8.2 earthquake […]

via the RSGB: Keep hurricane frequencies clear

Hurricane Irma is getting widespread news coverage and will affect many countries in the Caribbean. There are the usual American nets on 14.265 and 14.325MHz to gather information on the storm. Several other frequencies will be used and amateurs in IARU Region 1 are asked to please take steps to avoid interference with emergency operations. […]

via the ARRL: Operating Procedures During Hurricane Irma

Please be aware that due to the breadth of this series of weather events, numerous emergency and public service nets are in session, especially on the 80, 40, and 20 meter bands. US licensees are reminded that Part 97.101 (c) always gives priority to stations providing emergency communications. All stations should be aware that in […]

via the ARRL: Hurricane Irma Amateur Radio Emergency and Priority Traffic is Moving; Health & Welfare Traffic Queued For Later Delivery

At this time, it is ARRL’s understanding that only Amateur Radio Emergency or Amateur Radio Priority traffic is moving in and out of areas affected by Hurricane Irma. Amateur Radio Health and Welfare communications are being queued up for later delivery into the affected area, as the emergency and priority traffic eases. In the aftermath […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Establishes Hurricane Irma Hotline for ARRL Section Leadership

ARRL has set up a temporary phone number that ARRL section leadership can use to communicate Hurricane Irma-related information or requests to ARRL Headquarters. The number will be monitored at W1AW when the station is staffed. During off-hours, the number will be forwarded to an on-call ARRL staffer. This number should also be used to […]

via the ARRL: ARES Teams in Three West Central Florida Section Counties Ready to Support Shelters

As Hurricane Irma moves closer to the Florida Peninsula, ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams have been requested to provide communication support at evacuation shelters in Highlands, Hillsborough, and Polk counties. “Other counties in the West Central Florida Section are considering shelter operations,” Davis […]

via the ARRL: VoIP Hurricane Net to Activate

The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate at 2300 UTC Friday, September 8, until Saturday, September 9, at 0600 UTC to track the impact of Hurricane Irma, expected to affect Cuba and the Bahamas, and of Hurricane Katia, expected to reach southeastern Mexico. A VoIP Hurricane Net activation for Hurricane Irma will restart on Saturday, September […]

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