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Puerto Rico - Caribbean Recovery 2017

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2017_Puerto_Rico_Caribbean_Recovery_cropped.jpgThis page, or, includes information and news summarizing the response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers who are supporting emergency communications to aid hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and throughout the storm ravaged Caribbean. Ham radio operators provide a critial communications capability used for relaying life-saving information and to assist with ongoing reunification activities. Additionally, radio amateurs throughout the affected regions have provided many firsthand accounts of storm impact and ongoing recovery needs. 

If you have family or know someone impacted by the disaster, go here.

Media/Press Inquires
For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at 860-594-0200, or via email at A system has been established at ARRL Headquarters to respond to media inquiries in a timely and accurate manner.


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Go to for Amateur Radio involvement with Hurricane Irma.

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Go to for Amateur Radio involvement with Hurricane Maria.


Ham Nation

WNYC, The Takeaway
09/29/2017 | Connecting Disaster Survivors With Radio Waves

09/28/2017 | Ham Radio headquarters in Newington assisting with Puerto Rico relief efforts

09/28/2017 | Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operators Are Playing Key Role in Puerto Rico

09/26/2017 | Puerto Rico suffering humanitarian crisis after Maria, San Juan mayor says

National Georgraphic
09/26/2017 | Hurricane Damages Giant Radio Telescope—Why It Matters

Fox 61
09/26/2017 | Newington-based HAM radio organization sending help to Puerto Rico

09/07/2017 | Radio amateurs in CT prepare to help with Irma relief efforts

Penn State News
12/04/17 | Electrical Engineeer pitches in after hurricane hits Puerto Rico

Interview with Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L.

ARRL NEWS ( for the latest news)

10/31/2017 | American Red Cross Hails “New Partnership” with ARRL Following Puerto Rico Deployment

10/18/2017 | “Force of 50” Volunteers’ Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

10/15/2017 | Amateur Radio Facilitates Another Patient Evacuation on Puerto Rico

10/13/2017 | ARRL 2018 Puerto Rico State Convention Cancelled

10/13/2017 | Global Effort Under Way to Restore Dominica’s Amateur Radio Capabilities

10/13/2017 | Puerto Rico Volunteer Aids Burn Victim, Contacts Family via Ham Radio

10/12/2017 | ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations

10/10/2017 | FCC Grants Experimental License for Project to Help Provide Cell Service in Puerto Rico

10/10/2017 | Red Cross Asks Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteer Team Members to Stay Longer

10/10/2017 | WWROF Webinar on Contest Season Propagation Outlook Posted

10/09/2017 | Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Volunteer Force Deploys New Equipment, Groceries

10/08/2017 | ARRL and Local Volunteers in Puerto Rico Working Together in Storm Recovery

10/08/2017 | Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down from Nate Activation

10/07/2017 | ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Arrives in Puerto Rico, Volunteers Aid Hospitals

10/07/2017 | Hurricane Watch Net to Activate

10/07/2017 | Gulf Coast States Brace for Hurricane Nate; Hurricane Watch Net May Activate

10/06/2017 | IARU Region 2 Announces Ham Aid Donation of Funds and Equipment

10/06/2017 | ARRL Reminds Amateurs to Keep Clear of Frequencies Designated for Puerto Rico-Caribbean Emergency Response

10/06/2017 | IARU Region 2 Announces Ham Aid Donation of Funds and Equipment

10/06/2017 | NCDXF Announces Grant to Ham Aid

10/06/2017 | Ham Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Install Repeater, Work with Hospitals and Reunification

10/06/2017 | Hurricane Watch Net Eyeing Tropical Storm Nate

10/05/2017 | FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions

10/05/2017 | Amateur Radio Net Active for Tropical Storm Nate, the Latest Atlantic Storm Threat

10/04/2017 | Amateur Radio Volunteers in Puerto Rico Meet a Variety of Communication Needs

10/02/2017 | “Force of 50” Amateur Radio Volunteers Deploying Throughout Puerto Rico

09/29/2017 | Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

09/27/2017 | ALE Operators Needed to Support Disaster Relief Flights in the Caribbean

09/27/2017 | Advisory: Requests for Information from the Public and the Press

09/26/2017 | Amateur Radio’s Force of Fifty Answers the Red Cross Call in Puerto Rico

09/25/2017 | Amateur Radio Volunteers Aiding Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

09/24/2017 | American Red Cross Asks ARRL’s Assistance with Puerto Rico Relief Effort

09/23/2017 | Caribbean Situation Critical, Clear Frequencies Essential

09/23/2017 | Amateur Radio Reports: Arecibo Observatory Dish Sustained Serious Damage from Maria

09/22/2017 | W1AW Suspending Transmissions This Evening, Will Pass Health-and-Welfare Traffic from Puerto Rico

09/22/2017 | Caribbean Emergency Weather Network Handling High Volume of Post-Storm Traffic

09/22/2017 | SATERN Seeks Volunteers to Serve as Net Control or Relay Stations

09/22/2017 | Colombian Radio Amateurs Asked to Assist in Reconnecting Family Members in Caribbean

09/21/2017 | Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations

09/20/2017 | Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Requests Clear Frequency

09/20/2017 | W1AW to Resume its Normal Transmission Schedule on Thursday Morning

09/20/2017 | Reports of Hurricane Devastation on Dominica Relayed by Amateur Radio, Picked up by Media

09/19/2017 | Amateur Radio Emergency Net Active in Wake of Earthquake in Central Mexico

09/19/2017 | W1AW Supporting Partners in Hurricane Response; Bulletins and Visitor Operations Currently Suspended

09/18/2017 | Caribbean Emergency Weather Net Activates; FEMA Announces Interoperability Nets

09/18/2017 | Hurricane Redux: Amateur Radio Community Goes on Alert for Maria


09/13/2017 | Help the Ham Aid Response Effort in Florida and the US Virgin Islands





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