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This page,, includes information and news summarizing the preparations and response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers who are supporting emergency communications in areas that may be (or have been) impacted by 2019 hurricanes. Ham radio operators provide a critial communications capability used for relaying life-saving information and to assist with reunification activities. Additionally, radio amateurs throughout affected regions often provide firsthand accounts of storm impact and ongoing recovery needs. 

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For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at 860-594-0328, 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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10/17/2019 | Ham Radio Enthusiasts Trek to Socorro for Hamfest

10/16/2019 | ARRL Puerto Rico Section and Red Cross Renew Memorandum of Understanding

10/09/2019 | Hawaii ARES Leverages Contest Station and Winlink for 2019 Simulated Emergency Test

10/1/2019 | Azores Amateur Radio Operators Ready for Hurricane

9/17/2019 | Hurricane Watch Net Announces Tentative Activation Plans

9/7/2019 | Hurricane Watch Net Activates as Dorian Exits the US for Maritime Canada

9/6/2019 | Hurricane Watch Net Suspends Operation; May Reactivate on Saturday

9/6/2019 | FCC Extends Waiver Permitting Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Relief Efforts

9/4/2019 | Storm Watch Continues Along Southeastern US Coast 

9/4/2019 | Tracking Dorian: Hurricane Watch Net Hunkered Down for the Long Haul

9/3/2019 | FCC Readies for Hurricane Dorian 

9/2/2019 | ARES on Alert for Hurricane Dorian’s Possible Arrival

9/2/2019 | FCC Grants Temporary Waiver Permitting Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Response and Relief

9/1/2019 | Major Hurricane Dorian Prompts Sustained Activations

8/31/2019 | Florida ARES Members Volunteer in Preparation for Hurricane Dorian

8/30/2019 | Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate on Saturday

8/29/2019 | Amateur Radio Resources Ready as Dorian Poised to Become a Major Hurricane

8/28/2019 | Dorian Gains Hurricane Status, Forecast to Strengthen into Major Storm

8/28/2019 | Amateur Radio Resources Muster as Dorian Nears Hurricane Strength

8/26/2019 | Hurricane Watch Net Set to Activate as Caribbean Prepares for Dorian



Hurricane Wire
10/2/2019 | October hurricanes are very much a possibility. Here's why.

The Post and Courier
9/11/2019 | SC getting ham radios and a handle on emergency hurricane communications

Margate News
9/7/2019 | Margate Ham Radio Operator Behind the Scene with RACES Team

Jacksonville (NC) Daily News
9/6/2019 | Jacksonville shelter rides out the storm

9/4/2019 | Local amateur radio operators ready to help in wake of Hurricane Dorian

9/3/2019 | Radio operators provide a link when disaster strikes

WBRC News 6
9/3/2019 |
Ham radio operators important during major disasters

9/3/2019 | SWFL amateur radio operators help connect with families in Bahamas

Fort Myers News-Press
9/3/2019 | Ham radio operators can help

The Villages Daily Sun
9/3/2019 | At the ready for Dorian response

WVLT Channel 8
9/2/2019 | 
Families looking for two Knoxville women in Bahamas

9/2/2019 | Ridgefield American Red Cross Volunteer Heads to Georgia to Assist Hurricane Dorian Relief

Orlando Sentinel
9/1/2019 | Hurricane Dorian slams Bahamas as Category 5 with 180 mph winds; Orlando back in cone; hurricane watch issued for Florida coast
9/1/2019 | Hurricane Dorian 2019 track update: Dorian now a monster Category 5 with 180 mph winds

Hillsborough County (FL) website
8/30/2019 | In Emergencies, Volunteer Amateur Radio Operators Fill Vital Roles


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