Category: Public Service

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: Ham Radio will be Represented at 9th Annual World Maker Faire in New York City

The Garden School (K2GSG) and Hall of Science Amateur Radio clubs (ARC) in New York City will join forces this month to put Amateur Radio on display during the 9th annual World Maker Faire NYC at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, Queens, September 22 – 23. Last year’s World Maker Faire NYC drew some […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Headquarters Monitoring Progress of Hurricane Lane, Radio Gear Available to Deploy

[UPDATED: 2018-08-24 @ 1434 UTC]: ARRL Headquarters is in monitoring mode, as powerful Hurricane Lane — now a Category 3 storm — approaches Hawaii, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said on Wednesday, and Ham Aid Amateur Radio equipment is available for deployment.  The storm already is causing catastrophic flooding on the Big Island of Hawaii. Corey […]

via the ARRL: Earthquake Hits Venezuela, Net Active on 7.088 MHz

[UPDATED 2018-08-22 @1423 UTC] A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit northern Venezuela August 21 at 21:32 UTC, some 12 miles north-northwest of Yaguaraparo. The YV5RNE National Emergency Network of the Radio Club Venezolano was activated on 7.088 MHz, and a clear frequency has been requested. The US Coast and Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake occurred at […]

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: Amateur Radio Emergency Service Volunteers Assist in California Fire Response

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers have pitched in to assist where needed to provide or support communication as catastrophic wildfires have struck California. Volunteers from multiple ARRL Sections in the state have stepped up to help, as some fires remain out of control. The fires have claimed several lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes, […]

via the ARRL: ARRL 2017 Annual Report Focuses on Hurricane Response

The ARRL 2017 Annual Report, which highlights the organization’s efforts and activities throughout 2017, is now available. Starting with the cover photo, Amateur Radio’s response to the Atlantic hurricane season figures prominently in the report. Amateur Radio has repeatedly been the only means of communication into or out of an area affected by a natural disaster. […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Honored in Advance of Field Day 2018 on June 23 – 24

Each year as ARRL Field Day approaches, state and local governments traditionally take advantage of the opportunity to honor Amateur Radio in the form of various proclamations. This list of those that took part is not necessarily comprehensive. via American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources https://ift.tt/2tcTifz

via the ARRL: Sailor Grateful for Maritime Mobile Service Network Assistance

Phoenix sailor and radio amateur Timothy Henning, KE7WMZ, has expressed his gratitude to the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) for intercepting and handling his distress call on 14.300 MHz. Net control operator Harry Williams, W0LS, caught Henning’s call requesting assistance with an urgent medical condition on May 23. Henning, some 200 nautical miles south of […]

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