Tag: Hurricane Maria

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 […]

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 […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #969

This Week in Amateur Radio #969 Week of September 23, 2017 DOWNLOAD HERE: http://bit.ly/TWIAR969 Running Time: 1:11:09 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. September 23, 2017.This weeks edition is anchored by, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Reports: Arecibo Observatory Dish Sustained Serious Damage from Maria

Articles on the National Geographic and Space.com websites report that scientists and Amateur Radio operators have confirmed that Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory came through Hurricane Maria largely intact but “with some significant damage.” Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which helps to operate the Observatory, said it learned via “short wave radio contact” that staff and […]

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 […]

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