Monday, May 23, 2022

Hams Around the World Help in Emergencies

From tornadoes to missing sailors, ham radio operators continue to be at the forefront of providing emergency communications. 

The ARRL Letter reports that Oklahoma's Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security requested communications support from the Amateur Radio Emergency Service to accompany debris removal teams following a tornado outbreak in early May.  

Newsline reports that hams in India helped find and rescue a woman who reportedly had been abducted and tortured by human traffickers. 

And the Norwegian Radio Relay League says one of its members received a "man overboard" distress call from a freighter in the Gulf of Mexico and helped the U.S. Coast Guard locate the ship (whose coordinates had originally been misreported). The crew member was rescued.