Hi all,

There’s a lot going on in the Amateur Radio community supporting communications for Texas, Florida, Mexico and especially Puerto Rico where communications infrastructure was wiped out by Hurricane Maria.  You may all know, at the request of the Red Cross, the ARRL has helped deploy 50 (fifty) Amateur Radio operators with equipment to the battered island.  Several Hawaii hams have volunteered and are on backup if commercial communications recovery takes longer than expected.

Hawaii ARES got involved in support of one Maui family looking for news about relatives in Puerto Rico.  It got the attention of the “Hawaii News Now” 10-o’clock new show Sep 28th.  In case you missed it, the video clip is available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/ui1q1RRbXBU  Tom Gallagher (NY2RF), ARRL CEO, was interviewed via Skype covering the ARRL deployment to Puerto Rico.  Darren (Stacy) Holbrook (KH6OWL), ARRL Pacific Section PIO (Public Information Officer), appeared in the story from his home QTH station and explained his involvement in helping the Maui family.

The weather and seismic activity in North America should be a reminder to all of us of the importance of being ready for the next big event that affects Hawaii.  Like Puerto Rico, the Hawaiian Islands cannot be supported by ground transportation from neighboring organizations. Communications to the mainland would be an even bigger problem for us. Organized HF to VHF communication nets will be important, especially if Internet is out of service.

This coming October 21st, the ARRL Pacific Section ARES will host our annual SET (Simulated Emergency Test).  All Amateurs are invited to participate.  It is an opportunity to exercise equipment and practice our communication procedures.  This year we have two scenarios being practiced – reporting on tsunami damage immediately after the event and relaying health and welfare traffic to mainland stations in Oregon.

Contact Clem Jung (KH7HO), ARRL Pacific Section SEC (Section Emergency Coordinator) at kh7ho@arrl.net to learn how you can get involved. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HawaiiARRL or our blog at https://oahuarrlnews.wordpress.com/ .

Put the SET on your calendar and help us be better prepared!

Aloha es 73,
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ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A
ah0a@arrl.org