Hams and Puerto Rico - a call for help from the ARRL

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Hams and Puerto Rico - a call for help from the ARRL

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Posted for the benefit of hams not members of the League.

Received via email on Monday, Sep 25th, 2017
From: ARRL Web site [mailto:memberlist@www.arrl.org]
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 16:47
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Subject: From ARRL President: Relief Efforts Need Your Help

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear ARRL Member:

There are few times when I have needed to reach out directly to you for your help. This is one of those times.

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time ARC has made a request for assistance on this scale. Hurricane Maria has devastated the island’s communications infrastructure. Without electricity and telephone, and with most of the cell sites out of service, millions of people 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.

How can you help?

1) Volunteer. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment; for instance, familiarity with Winlink, an Amateur Radio license of General class or higher, and previous experience in disaster response. Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks (at ARC expense). If you would like to be considered for deployment, please complete the following online ARRL form, which asks for your qualifications and skills: Volunteer Deployment Form

2) Donate to Ham Aid. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups and partner agencies during disaster response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications 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, we have supplied kits in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Our supply of Ham Aid kits has been rapidly depleted. Your donation to Ham Aid will help us now. Your contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible. To make a donation online, go to http://www.arrl.org/arrl-donation-form and select “Ham Aid” from the ARRL donation form. 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 Street, Newington, CT 06111 USA.

It has been four weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. In little over a month, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have left paths of destruction and catastrophic flooding that will impact the lives of people throughout the southeast U.S. and Caribbean for years to come. Throughout these disasters, our trained ham radio volunteers, and especially those in coordinating roles, have helped us meet the requests of our partner agencies and organizations. To all ham radio operators who have been on alert, activated, deployed, or donated, THANK YOU. We are grateful for your service and for your generosity.

73
Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL President

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I definitely don't want to shit on anyone's desire to help, but also I think a reminder is necessary that the Red Cross are notorious ripoff artists.

Here's a link to a variety of better options to help folks in Puerto Rico: http://www.losambulantes.com/help-puerto-rico/
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Hams and Puerto Rico - a call for help from the ARRL

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The Radio request is legit though.

Only parts of ARC are broken. Sadly it’s the money part.

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http://www.npr.org/2017/09/29/554600989 ... uerto-rico
Amateur Radio Operators Stepped In To Help Communications With Puerto Rico

September 29, 20175:17 PM ET

Volunteer HAM operators have set up informal radio networks to connect family and friends with their loved ones in Puerto Rico. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to one of those volunteers, Greg Dober.

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Just a little bit of follow-up to the ARRL call. I stumbled on a bit of news while trying to wrap my mind around Winlink and Winmor. This is a long talk at a bit more than an hour. I recommend the entire piece for anyone interested in how municipalities see emergency comms and why we need an amateur backstop. ;)


https://youtu.be/UTx9pY1Akl8

Jump to 48:31 for the two-minute overview of what sorts of skill-bearing humans deployed to Puerto Rico. https://youtu.be/UTx9pY1Akl8?t=48m31s

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Been there, done that (Katrina). General ticket expired, though. Would love to help if there's still a need.
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HotheadPaisan wrote:Been there, done that (Katrina). General ticket expired, though. Would love to help if there's still a need.
ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) and your local emergency services volunteers (CERT in most places) are always in need of licensed hams. There is a need, please help. :)
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Need to re-up ticket
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HotheadPaisan wrote:Been there, done that (Katrina). General ticket expired, though. Would love to help if there's still a need.
If your ticket has been expired less than 2 years you can re-new without re-testing. You can keep your previous call sign unless you want to change it.
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