In Dominica, “Hams” Become Vital Communications Link


Big Island ARRL News, 27 September 2017, 0715 UTC, Post #322.

Source:

E-mail from Stacy (Darren) Holbrook (KH6OWL)–ARRL Public Information Officer, Honolulu.

The role radio amateurs are playing in hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and throughout the smaller Caribbean Islands since the passage of Hurricane Maria is getting good, positive exposure through both commercial and public broadcasting media.  The focus of this article from Stacy (Darren) Holbrook (KH6OWL) is on communications support in the island nation of Dominica.  Stacy cites a National Public Radio program which featured the service rendered to hurricane victims by amateur radio operators.

Here’s Stacy’s e-mail regarding the Dominica situation:

— On Sun, 9/24/17, Darren Holbrook <handymanowl@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Darren Holbrook <handymanowl@gmail.com>
> Subject: In Devastated Dominica, ‘Hams’ Become Vital Communications Link
> To: “kh6owl@arrl.net” <kh6owl@arrl.net>
> Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 7:49 PM
> When Hurricane Maria
> smashed into the tiny island of Dominica in the
> Eastern Caribbean earlier this week, phone service went
> down, virtually
> cutting off the island. But within hours, amateur radio
> operators got on
>  the air and have been providing a vital link to the outside
> world ever
> since.
>
http://www.npr.org/sections/
> thetwo-way/2017/09/21/ 552649149/in-devastated-
> dominica-hams-become-vital- communications-link
>
https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneMariaDARCI/
>

In a related note, HQ ARRL in Newington, CT, has asked for volunteers to assist first responders in Puerto Rico, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Upcoming events for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

Radio Day II.  Kimberly Fendt (WH6KIM) invites everyone to the second ARES Radio Day on Saturday, 30 September 2017 at the “Great Organic Lava Farm”, otherwise known as GOLF or the Kopua Farm Lots Golf Course. Set-up begins at 0800 HST, with activities starting around 0900 HST.  A pancake breakfast is planned, with donations benefiting ARES.  For details, contact Kim at wh6kim@gmail.com.

2017 SET.  Hawaii Amateur Radio operators are preparing for the Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, 21 October 2017, from 0800 to 1300 HST.  The scenario for SET 2017 will be a Great Aleutian Tsunami, which will have a disastrous impact on all Hawaii Islands.  For more information, contact cerisanders@gmail.com.

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Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section