SCARS Weekly Newsletter October 6, 2017

Amateur Radio Vols in Puerto Rico Meet Variety of Needs,   
How YOU Can Help,   
EMCOMM in Puerto Rico from The Internet,   
Gossip Net Needs Net Controllers,   
Regional Hamfests,   
Dates To Remember,   
The Doctor Is In,   
This Week’s ARRL Letter,   
ARRL DX Bulletin,   
Amateur Radio Newsline,   
Ham Nation,   
Odds and Ends,   
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

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

The Amateur Radio volunteers who deployed as American Red Cross volunteers to Puerto Rico as part of the “Force of 50” this past weekend have been focusing their efforts where their help is most needed. 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, and contact with the island’s more remote areas.

ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said arriving volunteers initially gathered at the Convention Center in San Juan, which is now serving as Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA) Headquarters. Their first night, a local church offered accommodations, he said, and volunteers slept on pews that had been pushed together.

Since the storm struck Puerto Rico on September 20, ARRL Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, and other volunteers have staffed VHF and HF nets at the American Red Cross temporary headquarters in San Juan, despite damage to their own homes. The 24/7 net covers nearly two-thirds of the island and has been handling traffic to and from the power company, Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (Electric Power Authority — AEE), and state and local authorities. The electric distribution infrastructure suffered extreme storm damage, and only about 9% of customers have power. Twelve team members were assigned to provide communication for engineers involved in repairing power distribution centers.

An Amateur Radio station has been installed and an operator embedded at the Puerto Rico Emergency Operations Center (PREOC). Radio amateurs also were asked to establish VHF communication capabilities at 51 hospitals throughout the island, so they can have direct contact with the EOC.


ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF (right), works with two new “Force of 50” volunteers at Red Cross Headquarters in San Juan.

Volunteer Val Hotzfeld, NV9L, told ARRL in an October 4 update that the team on the ground has recruited three local hams to handle Amateur Radio communications at hospitals in Jayuya, Humacau, and Caguas. “They were on site and began handling hospital traffic today,” she said in her October 4 situation report. “We successfully received and forwarded traffic from three hospitals needing water and fuel.”


“My station will be QRT for a long time,” said Alfredo (Al) Velez Ramos, WP3C/NP4DX.

Puerto Rico volunteers and local hams alike have successfully passed “lots of traffic” to net control, which has been forwarded on to the appropriate agencies. Some examples included getting an oxygen tank to a nursing home resident and insulin to a diabetic youth.

A local radio amateur was recruited to handle hospital communications at Centro Medico. “This is the main hospital on the island and needs communication to handle transfers from the other hospitals and medical centers,” she said. The Puerto Rico team has begun checking with hospitals to see which ones have telephone service, before dispatching additinal operators.

Hotzfeld said they’ve received a request from AEE, which operates the precarious Guajataca hydroelectric dam, to deploy another operator to the dam and assist those fixing the channel that delivers water to about 350,000 in the Quebradilla and Isabella area. “We are now also being tasked with doing the same for all the police departments in Puerto Rico,” she added. “We are gathering information on roads that are open from the EOC and providing it to the Red Cross for their missions.”

The Amateur Radio liaison at the EOC is working with federal officials to co-locate Amateur Radio repeaters on tower sites now being restored to improve communication island-wide. The volunteer team was approached by the Southern Baptist disaster team to discuss the possibility of utilizing a few of their team members who hams to help with communication tasks.

A FEMA vehicle navigates a muddy back road, where trees and foliage have been stripped bare. [FEMA photo]

Volunteers Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S, and Bobby Price, KB4ROR, are in Yauco. “We installed our rigs in the fire truck and gave them our handhelds. It left us no other radio for local contact,” the pair reported on October 3. They reached out to Marcos Pereda, KP3CA, in Yauco, who loaned the team his FTM-100DR.

They didn’t have an antenna that would offer sufficient range, so they improvised, fashioning a “tape measure” five-element Yagi, using supplies from a local hardware store and a coax jumper from their extra HF radio. “We installed everything and made contact with N5TGL and N0CSM, who are 50 miles away, [using] the repeater between us,” they said.


Volunteers Jeremy Dougherty, NS0S (left), and Bobby Price, KB4ROR, and their tape-measure Yagi.

There have been problems filling resource requests from remote areas of the island. A message was relayed on WinLink by Juan Sepulveda, KP3CR, from volunteer team members in Mayagüez on behalf of Lares Mayor Roberto Pagán, who had put out an urgent call for water for the town of some 5,000.

According to one FEMA official, the White House situation room is extremely pleased and enthusiastic about the service Amateur Radio volunteers are providing in Puerto Rico.

An HF station with Winlink capability and a VHF/UHF station have been set up in the FEMA disaster field office, and volunteers have been reporting in by radio from around the island to post situation reports. Four volunteers were positioned to accompany and provide VHF communication at Red Cross distribution centers on a daily basis. Two volunteers also were sent to Culebra Island to establish VHF and HF communication there, the first since the storm.

This and other stories can be found in this week’s ARRL Letter below!

How YOU Can Help

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has asked for contributions to ARRL’s Ham Aid fund. “Equipment has been flying out the door since Hurricane Harvey struck the US mainland,” he emphasized. “From meeting requirements in aid of Hurricane Irma victims in the US Virgin Islands and Florida, our store of Ham Aid kits has been depleted.”

ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups and partner agencies during disaster responses, in order to establish Amateur Radio communication 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 as well as supplied kits to Florida, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. With the Ham Aid inventory depleted, donations are needed now. Contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible. To donate online, 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 St., Newington, CT 06111 USA.

EMCOMM in Puerto Rico from The Internet 

Here is a “lightly curated” grab-bag of stories from the Internet about Ham Radio helping out in Puerto Rico.
Links only – click on the links to go to the story. 

School students provide ham radio link to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Operators Are Playing Key Role in Puerto Rico

Amateur Radio Operators Stepped In To Help Communications With Puerto Rico

FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate Data Transmissions

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

Tuning in to Puerto Rico: Ham radio operator connects with Hurricane Maria victims

Gossip Net Needs Net Controllers

Lucky, KG5MXA, sends the following:

The Gossip Net is looking for another Alternate Substitute Guest Host.  The Gossip Net is Tuesdays at 8:30pm on the SCARS VHF repeater.
If interested, please contact Lucky – KG5MXA, Victor – K5VL, or Denny -WA6DKD.

Editor’s Note: If you do not know what an “Alternate Substitute Guest Host” is, you should tune-in to the Gossip Net to find out!

Regional Hamfests

HamEXPO – October 7, Belton, TX –
Texoma Hamarama – October 27, Ardmore –
Enid ARC Hamfest – November 4 –

Dates To Remember

Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put into your planner:

October 14 – SCARS Monthly Meeting (NEXT WEEKEND!)

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
Soldering and Unsoldering

The Doctor’s tips for success when working with molten metal, otherwise known as the art of soldering.
It also helps to know the art of unsoldering, when things do not go as planned.

Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor’s Home page is here: The Doctor Is In

This Week’s ARRL Letter

Most Recent Headlines:

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

Always Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 40 ARLD040
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT October 5, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLD040 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
Z36W, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites. Thanks to all.

TUNISIA, 3V. Mik, HB9FSA is QRV as 3V8TD from Djerba Island, IOTA
AF-083. Activity is on the various HF bands. His length of stay is
unknown. QSL to home call.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as 4W6RR from Dili, IOTA
OC-148, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW
and JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Peter, HB9DVG is QRV as 9X9PJ, and possibly later as
9X9PJ/p, from Kigali for the next two years. Activity is on 20 to 10
meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC
are QRV as A5A until October 8. The main purpose of this trip is to
support the launch of the Paralympic Committee in Bhutan with the
Bhutan Olympic Committee. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW,

SPAIN, EA. Special event station AN92EXPO commemorates the 25th
anniversary of the 1992 Seville Universal Exposition, operating in
conjunction with the fifth centennial of the Discovery of America.
QSL via bureau.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Gust, ON6KE is QRV as FR/ON6KE until October
10. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and
FT8. QSL via operator’s instructions.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Stan, LZ1GC is QRV as H40GC until October 20.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct
to home call.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. A group of operators are QRV as S9YY
from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until October 12. Activity is on the HF
bands, possibly including 60 meters, using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via DH7WW.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Peter, DD1GG is QRV as S79PT from Mahe Island, IOTA
AF-024, until October 15. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL to
home call.

PALAU, T8. Operators JA6BMB, JA6KYU and JR6DRH are QRV as T88CS,
T88HS and T88RH, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until
October 11. In addition, operators JA6EGL, JQ6FQI and JH7IPR will
be QRV as T88SM, T88WM and T88UW, respectively, from October 11 to
17. Both operations are expected to be active on 160 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65, JT9 and FT8. QSL to home calls.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84K50GJ is QRV until October 15
to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of His Majesty Sultan
Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s
Accession to the Throne. Activity is on all bands and modes. QSL

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. A group of operators are QRV as VK9XI until
October 10. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY,
with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes an entry in the Oceania DX
SSB contest. QSL via M0OXO.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. After their Christmas Island
operation, the group will be QRV as VK9CI from October 10 to 17.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a
beacon on 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming
Oceania DX CW contest. QSL via M0OXO.

VIET NAM. XV. Laurent, F5TMJ is living in Ho Chi Minh City and is
QRV as XV9JM. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters at various times. QSL
via F6ITD.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Members of the Radio Club Nikola Tesla are QRV as
Z370M until December 31 to celebrate the club’s 70 years. QSL via

NCCC CW Sprint, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest, TRC DX Contest,
Microwave Fall Sprint, Oceania DX Phone Contest, The Russian World
Wide Digital Contest SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, California QSO
Party, International HELL-Contest, FISTS Fall Slow Speed CW Sprint,
WAB HF Phone, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter CW Contest and the
UBA ON 6-meter Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series and 4 States QRP Group Second
Sunday Sprint are scheduled for October 9.

The 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint is scheduled for October

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are
scheduled for October 11.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.

 Amateur Radio Newsline

Latest Headlines:





Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News

Ham Nation


Episode 320’s highlights:

“Bob Heil talks with Tom Gallagher NY2RF,
CEO of the ARRL about hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico,
Hams on the International Space Station connecting with students,
George Thomas interviews Martin Jue K5FLU of MFJ Enterprises,
Gordon West on headsets,
Amanda updates us on Val’s situation in Puerto Rico
and more!

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation

Go watch!

 Odds and Ends

Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles

Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250 mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.

As always, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._

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