Fifty of the nation’s most accomplished Amateur Radio operators responded within 24 hours to the call of the American Red Cross to deploy to Puerto Rico and provide emergency communications. At the behest of Red Cross, ARRL rallied the US Amateur Radio community to provide up to 25 two-person teams of highly qualified hams. The group’s principal mission will be to move health-and-welfare information from the island back to the US mainland, where that data will be entered in the Red Cross “Safe & Well” website.
The group will deploy the middle of this week and remain on the island for up to 3 weeks.
ARRL will equip each two-person team with a modern digital HF transceiver, special software, a dipole antenna, a power supply and all the connecting cables, fitted in a rugged waterproof container. In addition, ARRL is sending a number of small, 2,000-W portable generators as well as solar-powered battery chargers of the variety the US military uses on extended deployments. The hams and their equipment will be sent to Red Cross shelters extending from San Juan to the western end of the island.
“This generous outpouring of response represents the finest qualities of the Amateur Radio community,” ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said. “These individuals are dropping whatever they are doing now, heading off to an extended hardship-duty assignment, and offering their special talents to Americans who have been cut off from their families, living amid widespread destruction and without electrical power since Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean region last week.”
ARRL’s Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said this was the first time in the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and the American Red Cross that such as request for assistance had been made. “Hurricane Maria has devastated the island’s communications infrastructure,” Corey said. “Without electricity and telephone, and with most of the cell sites out of service, millions of Americans are cut off from communicating. Shelters are unable to reach local emergency services. And, people cannot check on the welfare of their loved ones. The situation is dire.”
In a letter to all ARRL members, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, asked for contributions to ARRL’s Ham Aid fund. “Equipment has been flying out the door since Hurricane Harvey struck the US mainland,” he emphasized. “From meeting requirements in aid of Hurricane Irma victims in the US Virgin Island and Florida, our store of Ham Aid kits has been depleted.”
ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups and partner agencies during disaster responses, in order to establish Amateur Radio communication support. Ham Aid is supported by donations from individuals and corporations, including many of our ham radio industry partners.
ARRL has previously staged Ham Aid equipment in Texas, and in the last few weeks, ARRL has supplied kits to Florida, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. With our Ham Aid inventory depleted, your donation is needed now. Contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible.
To make a donation online, go to the ARRL donation form and select “Ham Aid.” To donate by mail, print a donation form, and mail it with your check payable to ARRL, noting “Ham Aid” on the memo line of your check. Mail to ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA.
Essex RAYNET are providing communications support to the Maldon District Council organised Saltmarsh75 Ultra Marathon event to be held over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of October. The Saltmarsh75 is a two day Ultra Marathon, where competitors tackle 75 miles of some of England’s most unique coast line, the Saltmarsh Coast of the Maldon District.
Given the size and complexity of the event they need a large number of operators to cover the two days and are currently short of operators. Essex use a mix of VHF/UHF amateur voice, VHF PMR and APRS. If any RAYNET-UK members are interested in getting involved please can they contact Essex RAYNET via phone or email.
Neil Smith, M0NAS
secretary<at>essexraynet.co.uk or chairman<at>essexraynet.co.uk
The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked the ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs that can help record, enter and submit disaster survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC this is the first time such a request for assistance on this scale has been made. ARRL now is looking for radio amateurs that can step up and volunteer to help our friends in Puerto Rico. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment.
Requirements Due to the nature of this deployment you will need to process in as ARC volunteers, including passing a background check. The ARC has indicated they will cover all expenses for transportation, lodging and feeding while on deployment. ARC will also provide liability coverage for volunteers. The only out of pocket expense to the volunteer would be personal items purchased during deployment.
ARRL and ARC will require training for volunteers being deployed. ARC will provide general deployment training and advanced training in working in austere environments. ARRL will provide to ARC training on Amateur Radio equipment and modes to be used, reporting and operating guidelines. Deployment will be for up to three weeks.
Qualifications - General class Amateur Radio license or higher - Familiarity with WinLink, HF voice, and VHF simplex communications - Strong technical skills - Ability to work under difficult conditions - Ability to deploy for up to three weeks - Ability to work as part of a team Helpful Skills - Spanish speaking - Previous experience in disaster response - Previous or current work as a Red Cross volunteer - Previous experience with shelter operations
If you feel that you meet these qualifications and would like to be considered for this deployment please contact ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-594-0222 who will make the introduction of qualified volunteers to ARC. to edit.
Assistance Required: Mencap - Pedal to the Pier 2017.
Manchester Area, 0900 to 1900. Saturday, 30th September 2017.
Greater Manchester RAYNET are supporting MENCAP with their Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride on the 30th September. They are currently short of a number of operators due to clashing events and any assistance would be appreciated.
The event starts at 0930 and finishes at 1930 however most duties will be much shorter. All locations can be driven to and have nice safe parking. If anyone can assist then please get in touch through via Jon Byrne.
email: (email (at) jonbyrne (dot) com) or
phone: ( 0 7 8 4 2 2 3 0 6 0 4 ).
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