Tag: Puerto Rico

Management Change Under Way at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that a management change is under way at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The University of Central Florida (UCF) has begun formal transition activities to assume the operations and management of Arecibo Observatory, which sustained significant damage during Hurricane Maria last September.

“The university will take over formal management an…

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FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio in Praising those Assisting Puerto Rico

Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers in praising those who turned out to help the stricken Commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

“[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico,” Pai said. “Everyone is pitching in: The people of Puerto Rico helpi…

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HamRadioNow: EmComm Extra – Force of Two

The story of two hams involved in the recovery effort on Puerto Rico. This is not the story you’ll hear on Ham Nation, and probably not the one you’ll read in QST. If there was a plan, it was barely a plan. And it fell apart immediately…

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“Force of 50” Volunteers’ Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

The 22 “Force of 50” radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week’s end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks.

“The Force of 50 volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary range of skills possessed by this accomplished team,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. “There wa…


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Amateur Radio Facilitates Another Patient Evacuation on Puerto Rico

“Force of 50” volunteer Val Hotzfeld, NV9L, reported from Puerto Rico today (October 15) that Amateur Radio volunteers on Culebra and in Fajardo — Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, and Matthey Gonter, AC4MG — made it possible for physicians at the two locations to communicate directly in an effort to evacuate a patient who is an amputee.

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ARRL 2018 Puerto Rico State Convention Cancelled

The Organizing Committee for the 2018 ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention has announced the cancellation of the 2018 convention, set for January 26-28, 2018, in Hatillo.

“It is with great sadness in my heart that we are announcing the cancellation of our 2018 Convention,” said 2018 Convention Chairman Juan “Coki” Montijo, WP4OV. “Our island has been hit profoundly, and we must concentrate our effo…

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

“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 injur…


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Red Cross Asks Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteer Team Members to Stay Longer

The American Red Cross (ARC) has extended its invitation for the existing Amateur Radio volunteers in Puerto Rico to extend their stay. Members of the “Force of 50” deployed to Puerto Rico at the beginning of the month, and all are working there as ARC volunteers. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived in Puerto Rico last week to join the cadre of volunteers. Volunteer Va…

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

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…


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Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteer Force Deploys New Equipment, Groceries

As their efforts continue to help Puerto Rico recover from the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria, ARRL Force of 50 volunteers on the island distributed more new Amateur Radio gear to places where it will do the most good. Puerto Rico Section Emergency Coordinator Juan Sepulveda, KP3CR, is better prepared to assist, now that volunteers have delivered a radio and antenna to him in Lares.


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ARRL and Local Volunteers in Puerto Rico Working Together in Storm Recovery

Nearly 2 dozen ARRL volunteers from the mainland and five local radio amateurs have been working in concert to do what needs to be done in the Hurricane Maria recovery under way in Puerto Rico.

The latest update from the island commonwealth reports that 14 volunteers have deployed to hospitals, while five are embedded with Red Cross reunification teams. One volunteer apiece has been stationed at…


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ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Arrives in Puerto Rico, Volunteers Aid Hospitals

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday and is being oriented to the operation. Vice President Mike Pence visited the Emergency Operations Center yesterday, and spoke with volunteers.

The response continued, with 16 Amateur Radio stations operational on the island, serving 14 hospitals and towns. An Amateur Radio operator at Centro Medico in San Jua…

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Ham Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Install Repeater, Work with Hospitals and Reunification

The Amateur Radio volunteers on the ground in Puerto Rico continue to provide assistance in a number of areas. Amateur Radio resources have been reallocated around the island to better meet communications needs.

Volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, and a FEMA team member were tasked with calling 68 hospitals and medical facilities. They asked a series of 12 questions geared toward obtaining a bette…

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Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs

Amateur Radio volunteers deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico, as part of the “Force of 50” last weekend, have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed.

“The American Red Cross gave us priority directive to move six of our operators to various highly impacted sites on the island,” volunteer Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, said in an October 3 update.

“As requested, …

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“Force of 50” Amateur Radio Volunteers Deploying Throughout Puerto Rico

More than 20 of the “Force of 50” Amateur Radio volunteers now are deployed in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico as American Red Cross volunteers and wasting no time getting down to business. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said the volunteers, in general, will provide communications for local law enforcement and utility managers; island-to-mainland health-and-welfare traffic, which has been ongoing, an…

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Amateur Radio Reports: Arecibo Observatory Dish Sustained Serious Damage from Maria

Articles on the National Geographic and Space.com websites report that scientists and Amateur Radio operators have confirmed that Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory came through Hurricane Maria largely intact but “with some significant damage.” Universities Space Research Association (USRA), which helps to operate the Observatory, said it learned via “short wave radio contact” that staff and fam…

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