Tag: Hurricane Maria

Trying to communicate after the hurricane: ‘It’s as if Puerto Rico doesn’t exist’

The morning after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, Sofia Maldonado tried to call her parents, who were still on the island. “You call them, call them, and no answer,” she says. She switched to texts. Still nothing. “Not having communications with your parents or your friends or anyone, it’s very hard because you don’t […]

Ham radio operators take part in largest ever severe weather drill (Ohio)

Ham radio operators are a big part of emergency communications in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Now, local operators are taking part in the largest ever amateur radio severe weather drill. It simulates what would happen if a massive weather disaster happened here. Just steps away from the WHIO-TV newsroom, ham radio […]

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: Vice President Mike Pence Visits Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico

Vice President Mike Pence visited radio amateurs and emergency responders at the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) in San Juan’s Convention Center on the evening of October 6. “He gave a very motivating speech, and our very own Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, shook his hand,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported. Pence visited Puerto Rico on […]

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Arrives in Puerto Rico, Volunteers Aid Hospitals

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday and is being oriented to the operation. Vice President Mike Pence visited the Emergency Operations Center yesterday, and spoke with volunteers. The response continued, with 16 Amateur Radio stations operational on the island, serving 14 hospitals and towns. An Amateur Radio operator at […]

ARRL Reminds Amateurs to Keep Clear of Frequencies Designated for Puerto Rico-Caribbean Emergency Response

ARRL reminds Amateur Radio operators that emergency communications are taking place on and around 14.265, as well as other frequencies. Please avoid these frequencies whenever possible, to allow for emergency communications to transpire clearly and efficiently. If you must be on the air in the vicinity of these frequencies, please allow emergency operators at least […]

via the ARRL: FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions

The FCC has granted an ARRL request to waive current Amateur Radio rules to permit data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently permitted, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications between the continental US and Puerto Rico. The temporary waiver is limited to Amateur Radio operators in Puerto Rico using PACTOR 3 and […]

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 HACKADAY: The Hackers and the Hurricane

When natural disasters strike, particularly if they are in some of the less remote parts of the world, we see them unfolding in real-time on our television screens. They become a 24-hour rolling news exercise in disaster titillation, each fresh horror ghoulishly picked over by breathless reporters live-telecasting from windswept streets, and endlessly rehashed by […]

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: 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 […]

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