Hurricane Maria Amateur Radio Response in Puerto Rico

Accessed on 25 July 2018, 0611 UTC, Post #632.


Please scroll down to read the full message text from Darren Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL).


Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager, will visit the State of Hawaii, beginning 19 August 2018.  He will brief Hawaii Island Amateur Radio Clubs for two days–28 and 29 August 2018.  Before landing in either Kona or Hilo, Oscar will meet with the Maui Amateur Radio Club at a date to be determined.  Here is the initial press release of his Maui visit from Darren Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL).  The article was published originally on 20 July 2018 on


Puerto Rico ARRL Section Manager

The event is free but seating is limited :  RSVP   ASAP

Maui County Emergency Operations Center (basement) 200 South High StreetWailuku, HI 96793
Maui Amateur Radio Club: 808-280-5212

Hurricane Maria Amateur Radio Response in Puerto Rico

The presentation discusses the impact hurricane Maria had on Puerto Rico’s population. It affected water and electricity services and caused massive commercial communication interruptions to all government and business infrastructures. This first-hand report conveys the enormous issues faced by first responders in a catastrophe of this scale.  Problems faced by an island community like Puerto Rico can give insight into issues that may someday have to be faced in Hawaii.

This event affected the living conditions of 3.2 million U.S. citizens while still recovering and reconstructing. The events and the critical decisions made, helped us learn how vulnerable we are to natural disasters.

Amateur Radio operators learned how to use their knowledge of radio technology and resources efficiently to re-establish critical infrastructures. In this scale of emergencies where government repeater networks were destroyed, in addition to volunteering for long hours operating stations, Amateurs were called on to use their technical skills to create communication solutions.

This presentation followed by a Q&A session will give the audience an opportunity to learn how to better prepare for these types of natural events.

Biography of Oscar Resto, KP4RF
Puerto Rico ARRL Section Manager

Oscar was born in San Juan Puerto Rico. He isa physicist with more than 35 years’ experience on experimental physics from vacuum deposition systems and surface science spectroscopy to the innovative Ultra High Transmission Electron Microscopy capable of observing single atoms.

He is a Principal Investigator of the NASA UPR RockSat-X program with twelve successful flights to space where micrometeorites were collected in meteor trails to gather organic molecules for DNA, RNA, and Nucleic Acids sequencing.

As an FCC Amateur Extra Class ham radio operator for 30 years, he has interest in contacting foreign stations on HF radio (DXing), competing in radio contests and with experimental radio technology development.

A major radio interest in which he specializes is EMCOMM (Emergency Communication). As the ARRL Section Manager for Puerto Rico he has long experience with training and coordinating hams who volunteer to support their communities when normal means of communications for infrastructure critical organizations is lost. His group of Amateurs was called on to provide emergency communications for relief operation in response to the 2017 Hurricane Maria. During this major catastrophe, his group handled emergency information and communication with the Puerto Rico American Red Cross, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. Amateur radio proved to be the only communication system available during the first few weeks of recovery from the hurricane.  The technical skills of his group of amateurs in building and deploying stations where they were needed, was critical is supporting communities throughout the Commonwealth.”

For more information, please call the Maui Amateur Radio Club at 808-280-5212.

I will update Mr. Resto’s itinerary when more information is available.

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section