Category: Public Service

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Bridging the Gap in Wildfire-Stricken California

More than a dozen wildfires in Northern California have damaged or destroyed cellular telephone and Internet infrastructure in some areas, and Amateur Radio has helped to fill the communication gap. Mendocino County Sheriff Thomas Allman told news media on October 10 that damage to cell towers and fiber optic telephone phone and computer lines had left officials […]

via the ARRL: Global Effort Under Way to Restore Dominica’s Amateur Radio Capabilities

The Yasme Foundation, Yaesu USA, the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service (FAIRS), and individual GoFundMe donors have joined forces to restore country-wide Amateur Radio communication on Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Private pilots Brian Machesney, K1LI, and Dave Bridgham, N1AHF, are set to take off on October 14 from Vermont with a planeload of Amateur Radio […]

ARRL and Local Volunteers in Puerto Rico Working Together in Storm Recovery

Nearly 2 dozen ARRL volunteers from the mainland and five local radio amateurs have been working in concert to do what needs to be done in the Hurricane Maria recovery under way in Puerto Rico. The latest update from the island commonwealth reports that 14 volunteers have deployed to hospitals, while five are embedded with […]

845 Life: Newburgh teen is a real pro with amateur radio (New York)

When all communication fails, there are always amateur radio operators to step in. Natural disasters such as hurricanes and storms can cause flooding and disable systems: But they don’t affect amateur radio. “After Hurricane Sandy, our system was activated to help communicate emergencies throughout the region,” says Sean Flynn, 17, of the Town of Newburgh. […]

Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs

Amateur Radio volunteers deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico, as part of the “Force of 50” last weekend, have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed. “The American Red Cross gave us priority directive to move six of our operators to various highly impacted sites on the island,” volunteer […]

via the ARRL: NCDXF Announces Grant to Ham Aid

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has contributed $2,500 to the ARRL Ham Aid Fund. Ham Aid was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. ARRL has supplied Ham Aid kits for the hurricane emergency response efforts in […]

via the ARRL: “Force of 50” Amateur Radio Volunteers Deploying Throughout Puerto Rico

More than 20 of the “Force of 50” Amateur Radio volunteers now are deployed in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico as American Red Cross volunteers and wasting no time getting down to business. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said the volunteers, in general, will provide communications for local law enforcement and utility managers; island-to-mainland health-and-welfare traffic, which […]

via the ARRL: Ham Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Install Repeater, Work with Hospitals and Reunification

The Amateur Radio volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico continue to provide assistance in a number of areas. Amateur Radio resources have been reallocated around the island to better meet communications needs. Volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, and a FEMA team member were tasked with calling 68 hospitals and medical facilities. They asked a series […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateurs Volunteer to Support 2017 US Air Force Marathon

When about 15,000 runners left the starting line at the US Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K races, more than 65 Amateur Radio volunteers were on hand in the Dayton, Ohio, area on September 16 to help ensure their safety. The event starts and ends at the Air Force Museum, and the course runs through […]

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: 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 […]

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: Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response. With the area suffering under record 108° heat, the ARRL Los Angeles Section’s ARES Northwest District Emergency Coordinator Roozy Moabery, W1EH, had no idea […]

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