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10/16/2017 In remarks made on International Disaster Reduction Day, Friday, October 13, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) Secretary-General Bernadette Lewis described Amateur Radio as a “bedrock of sustained communications” during emergencies, and strongly suggested cultivating a new and younger generation of radio amateurs to carry this role forward. She spoke as part of a panel on emergency telecommunications during the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17), now under way in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The CTU, she said, has been considering the role of Amateur Radio in light of this “very, very, violent hurricane season.”  “Amateur Radio has been a […]

Caribbean Telecommunications Union Head Calls for “New Generation” of Hams


10/13/2017 ARRL San Francisco Section Manager Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, says the message he stresses during the weekly Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (SCRA) ARES net is this: “When an incident occurs, take to the air and form a net. Anyone can act as net control.” Radio amateurs took that lesson to heart, he said, in the wake of the devastating, destructive, and deadly wildfires in Northern California this past week. “They have performed admirably,” Hillendahl told ARRL. “I hung in at my home, providing Internet, commercial radio and TV, and NIXLE updates to the net until the fire came close enough […]

ARRL Section Manager Evacuates When Fire Comes Within Two Blocks


10/13/2017 “We had a stressful night on the island!” That’s how Puerto Rico volunteer Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, described a medical emergency on the island of Culebra in which Amateur Radio played a major role. Dougherty, a Force of 50 American Red Cross volunteer who is supporting communication at Culebra Hospital, said fumes from a gasoline fuel container ignited last evening (October 12), seriously injuring a woman who needed immediate help. Dougherty was unable to raise any of the other volunteers in San Juan — likely because of the late hour — but the only doctor at the hospital at the […]

Puerto Rico Volunteer Aids Burn Victim, Contacts Family via Ham Radio



10/12/2017 ARRL is thanking the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Amateur Radio retailers and manufacturers also have stepped up to donate needed equipment. Roderick said he was amazed at the overwhelming response, including those who answered his call to join the “Force […]

ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations


10/11/2017 If you have not already worked Bhutan on 160 meters, the Gus Browning Memorial DXpedition starting this weekend (and again briefly later this month) may be your big chance, especially if you live on the US West Coast. Bhutan (A5) is #89 on the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List overall, but it’s #22 on 160 meters (and the third most-wanted on the West Coast). Named for Gus Browning, W4BPD, a famous DXer of yesteryear, the event will run October 12-19 and again, for just one night, on October 26, with Steve Jones, N6SJ, at the helm of A52SJ […]

Gus Browning Memorial DXpedition Offers Opportunity to Work Bhutan on Top Band


10/11/2017 The ARRL Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, October 14. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will chair the session, which will hear reports from officers and the general counsel. Topping the agenda are FCC regulatory matters, including a review of enforcement issues and concerns, as well as open items with no FCC action since the July 2017 Board meeting. The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 (HR 555) will be the focus, when the discussion turns to legislative matters. The Executive Committee will hear a status report. The Committee will review pending action items […]

ARRL Executive Committee to Meet October 14 in Connecticut



10/10/2017 Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) / Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) reports that more than 2,500 have signed up to take part in the 2017 event over the October 20-22 weekend. This is the 60th JOTA, and there is still time to register. For those getting on the air, a Scout Station Scheduling site is available, as is a Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA) page to register your own station and arrange contacts. Two Echolink conference nodes have been designated for Scout contacts — *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996). More Scout frequency information, including D-STAR, […]

JOTA-JOTI Reports More Than 2,500 Registered for October 20-22 Event


10/10/2017 The FCC has granted an experimental license for “Project Loon,” led by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to help provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico. “More than 2 weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, millions of Puerto Ricans are still without access to much-needed communications services,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. He explained that Project Loon is aimed to provide the people of Puerto Rico with access to cellular service to connect with family and friends and to access life-saving information. “I’m glad the FCC was able to grant this experimental license with dispatch, and I urge […]

FCC Grants Experimental License for Project to Help Provide Cell Service in Puerto Rico


10/07/2017 The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) will activate at 1800 UTC today on 14.325 MHz and will remain in operation on 20 meters until the band closes. The HWN will commence 40-meter operations on 7.268 MHz at 2200 UTC and will remain operational overnight. Operations on 7.268 MHz will pause at 1130 UTC, and, if required, resume at approximately 1230 UTC, to allow the Waterway Net to conduct its daily net. “By all indications, Nate should weaken to Tropical Storm status by this time,” HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. HWN requests observed ground-truth data from those in the affected […]

Hurricane Watch Net to Activate



10/06/2017 International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU-R2) has pledged to donate $5,000 as well as two Ham Aid kits to the Puerto Rico-Caribbean relief effort.  The IARU is an organization consisting of over 160 national Amateur Radio societies around the world. The organization, which has been the spokesman and watchdog for the world Amateur Radio community since 1925, is divided into three Regional Organizations. IARU Region 2 represents the Americas. 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 […]

IARU Region 2 Announces Ham Aid Donation of Funds and Equipment