Category: Emergency

via the ARRL: Hurricane Watch Net Eyeing Tropical Storm Nate

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) is closely monitoring tropical storm Nate, which is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The system is currently about 230 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, maintaining maximum sustained winds of 45 MPH and moving to the north-northwest at 14 MPH […]

Ham Radio Hobbyists Are Connecting the Caribbean After Hurricane Maria

“Let me just see if we got any answers to the relays.” “‘Whiskey Papa Three Radio’—listening,” said Ángel Vázquez over radio. When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with devastating force, making landfall on September 20, Vázquez was hunkered down at home. On a normal day, he would’ve been at work; not far away, at the […]

Radio Stations in Puerto Rico Struggling

It’s hard to determine exactly how many radio broadcast signals still exist on Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. We do know Puerto Rico’s electrical grid is shredded and will take months to rebuild so any radio stations on the air right now are probably operating on a backup power source. Communication to the island is […]

To reach hurricane victims, Copiague man goes ham (New York)

Bob Myers says he’s been operating amateur radios since he was a teen. “My call letters are K-2-T-V,” he says. That’s “kilo, 2, tango, victor,” when he’s communicating over the airwaves. Short-wave radios are capable of communicating with Puerto Rico, where the storm knocked out the entire power grid, Myers says. Earlier Thursday, he says […]

via the ARRL: Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been asked to recruit SATERN Amateur Radio operators for potential deployment to TSA’s Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, emphasizes that this is a recruitment request to be on standby only. “This will not be an easy deployment so operators […]

via the ARRL: ALE Operators Needed to Support Disaster Relief Flights in the Caribbean

Ham radio volunteers living in areas having good signal propagation into the Caribbean region are being asked to activate their home ALE (automatic link establishment) HF stations. The call is going out to ALE-equipped radio amateurs in the Caribbean islands, eastern and southeast US, Central America, and northern South America. The activation will support the Dominica […]

via the ARRL: Advisory: Requests for Information from the Public and the Press

Many individuals have loved ones in Puerto Rico, and they are understandably hopeful that Amateur Radio operators can relay messages to them. As a result, some are contacting amateurs with requests to pass message traffic to the island. At the same time, individual amateurs and clubs have reported that local media representatives have contacted them […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Volunteers Aiding Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands both suffered substantial damage from Hurricane Maria, although Puerto Rico took the bigger hit, and it is there that Amateur Radio has begun to fill a huge telecommunications gap. According to the FCC, service is out for 96% of the cellular telephone sites in Puerto Rico — and […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio’s Force of Fifty Answers the Red Cross Call in Puerto Rico

Fifty of the nation’s most accomplished Amateur Radio operators responded within 24 hours to the call of the American Red Cross to deploy to Puerto Rico and provide emergency communications. At the behest of Red Cross, ARRL rallied the US Amateur Radio community to provide up to 25 two-person teams of highly qualified hams. The […]

via the ARRL: Round-the-World Flyer Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, Recruiting Pilots for Dominica Airlift

Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, the Texas aviator who recently circumnavigated the globe following Amelia Earhart’s path, is spearheading “Dominica Airlift — Angels to Eden” to aid residents of the storm-stricken Caribbean island nation. The Category 5 Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on September 18, leaving the population of about 70,000 without power or viable telecommunications, in […]

CNN: Ham radio operators are saving Puerto Rico one transmission at a time

The phone call from the Red Cross came in late Friday night, just as the full scale of Hurricane Maria’s calamity began taking shape. “We need 50 of your best radio operators to go down to Puerto Rico.” In the days after the worst storm in three generations hit the American island — and for […]

via the ARRL: Caribbean Situation Critical, Clear Frequencies Essential

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) again is requesting that radio amateurs not involved in the ongoing post-hurricane relief and recovery efforts via Amateur Radio to avoid operating on or near the net’s frequencies — 7.188 and 3.815 MHz. The net is handling critical traffic, primarily for Dominica and needs interference-free channels. “We’ve been […]

via the ARRL: W1AW Supporting Partners in Hurricane Response; Bulletins and Visitor Operations Currently Suspended

The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, has suspended its regular bulletin transmissions beginning September 19, 2017 in order to help support its partners for both HF and long-haul communications response for Hurricane Maria. W1AW will be monitoring the Hurricane Watch, SATERN, and Caribbean Emergency Weather nets; checking Winlink2000 e-mail; checking into the VoIP Weather […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateur on St. Lucia Relays Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica

In the immediate aftermath of then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria’s passage over Dominica on Monday, Frans van Santbrink, J69DS, on St. Lucia checked into the VoIP Hurricane Net to relay damage reports he’d gathered via repeater conversations with other hams there. The New York Times also reported and posted audio that Amateur Radio was a primary source to gather initial damage reports from the […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active in Wake of Earthquake in Central Mexico

The FMRE National Emergency Net (Red Nacional de Emergencia or RNE) activated Tuesday on 7.060 MHz following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the central Mexico state of Puebla at 1814 UTC. The epicenter was some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, which also felt the temblor and suffered damage. FMRE President Al Tomez, XE2O, said […]

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