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Ham amateur radio operators ready to respond in Alaska

A hobby that helped save Alaskans during the 1964 earthquake is still keeping communications online when natural disasters shut them down. Ham amateur radio operators erect a “do-it-youself” antenna at a training session. Photo courtesy of MARA. Ham amateur radio operators function as first responders relaying crucial information to emergency management officials in disaster situations. […]

Amateur ham radio operators ready to help with natural disasters (Nevada)

When natural disasters hit, many people are left without a way to communicate to their loved ones, and that’s when ham radio comes in handy. “This weekend I was doing some radio work and I talked to a number of stations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and southern Florida,” says amateur ham radio […]

Door County radio operator says amateur radio vital if cellular and satellite communications fail (Wisconsin)

Cellular phones and satellite communications are common place in Door and Kewaunee Counties. They’re also vulnerable to sudden disruption. So local amateur radio operators are ready to relay emergency communications if that happens. Mike Green of Baileys Harbor is a retired police officer and amateur radio operator. Green and other operators put their skills to […]

Local ham radio operators helping with post hurricane communications (Florida)

Three Alachua County amateur radio operators will be assisting Red Cross staff at a mass care shelter facility in a Panama City school in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Gordon Gibby, secretary of the North Florida Amateur Radio Club, said the trio left Gainesville Saturday morning to help with radio communications. “Trained by local ham […]

EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio (New Brunswick)

A ham radio probably isn’t the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it’s the only one that works. Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios. And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency […]

HAM radio operators connect emergency teams and families stranded by Hurricane Michael

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. (WFLA) – Anxious families who want to check on their relatives in the storm-ravaged Panhandle are having a tough time getting in touch with each other. Phone lines and cell phone service are out in some areas. Amateur Radio Operators are working to connect people with their loved ones.. In a disaster […]

via the ARRL: MARS Members to Support Defense Department Radio Communication Readiness Exercise

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will support a Department of Defense HF radio communication exercise October 24 – 26. The readiness exercise will test the ability to communicate via voice and military standard communication protocols, simulating the loss of conventional communication systems. MARS members will interface with the Amateur Radio community to collect information […]

via the ARRL: Colorado Club Supports Make-A-Wish Foundation Trailblaze Challenge

The Park County Radio Club (PCRC) in Colorado (AB0PC) provided communication assistance for the first Colorado Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge fundraiser hike on August 11. The hike took place on Segments 2 and 3 of the Colorado Trail, totaling 23.7 miles. The elevation at the start of the Challenge hike was 6,112 feet, reaching 8,290 feet […]

Former ham radio shop in Main Road, Hockley could be turned into flats (UK)

The Waters and Stanton shop in Main Road, Rochford could be turned into 11 flats by Marchi Developments Ltd after a planning application was submitted to Rochford Council. The application could prove controversial due to a complicated planning history. The developers applied for permission for ten homes with 15 car parking spaces in 2013. The […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan

Following up on an ARRL Board of Directors directive at its July meeting, the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Section Managers (SMs) and Section Emergency Coordinators (SECs) seeking comments and suggestions regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan (attached below), via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the […]

via the ARRL: Great Lakes HamCon 2018 has been Cancelled

Great Lakes HamCon 2.0, set to occur in October at Michigan International Speedway, has been cancelled. This would have been the second Great Lakes HamCon, which had been sanctioned as the 2018 ARRL Michigan State Convention. In announcing the cancellation, sponsors said failure to come to a final agreement for the use of the speedway […]

via the ARRL: FCC Marks 84th Anniversary

The Federal Communications Commission turned 84 years old on June 19, the FCC tweeted. The FCC came into being in 1934 as an independent agency of the federal government when Congress passed the Communications Act of 1934, abolishing the Federal Radio Commission (FRC) — created in 1912 after the Titanicdisaster — and transferring jurisdiction over radio licensing — […]

via the ARRL: Politico Article Raises Visibility of Amateur Radio Parity Act Progress, Challenges

On May 23, the US House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that included the language of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) cleared the House. The following day, a fiscal year 2019 Financial Services appropriations bill also containing Parity Act language cleared the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee of the House Committee […]

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