The following update on Hurricane Irma is courtesy of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL):

ARRL HQ Update #2 at 1900 UTC on September 7, 2017

The ARRL Headquarters has started receiving health and welfare inquiries from family members in the Continental United States (CONUS) for the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico (PR). At this point we have not heard from anyone in PR.

Eearlier today ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant Ken Bailey, K1FUG, spoke with the USVI SM Fred Kleber, K9VV. Here is an update from him.

“Fred has communications capability on 80, 60, 40, 20 metres and has been in contact with the Red Cross, and getting lots of help from FEMA, National Guard, US naval ships.  They are currently in the search and rescue mode on St. Thomas, St. John’s, and St. Croix all of which have been severely impacted.  Work continues on evacuating people from the islands in St Thomas harbour, damaged hospitals and other buildings and providing shelter and meals in the form of MRE’s and water.

Traffic is being passed from his location to stations in PR and the HWN but communications has been compromised by the solar flares of earlier today.  Priority messages being passed at this time, with health and welfare to follow when they can.

Remember, you first priority is to make sure you and your family are safe. If you need anything from ARRL HQ please email or call Mike Corey, KI1U,  860-594-0222

Mike Corey, KI1U
Emergency Preparedness Manager

The following news item is an update on Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia.

Update on September 7, 2017:

Radio Amateurs of Canada is monitoring the progress of the storms in the Caribbean and any necessary Amateur response.

The National Hurricane Center has issued the following public advisories:

Hurricane Irma:

Hurricane Jose:

Hurricane Katia:

Stay tuned to this website and to our social media sites for more information: Twitter and Facebook

Here is a list of frequencies:

Puerto Rico: 3.803, 3.808, 7.188 MHz. Radio Amateurs in Puerto Rico also will cooperate with the Hurricane Watch Network on 7.268 and 14.325 MHz.

Cuba: Daylight hours, 7.110 MHz (primary) and 7.120 MHz (secondary); Provincial Net: 7.045, 7.080 MHz, and on other lower frequencies as necessary. Nighttime, 3.740 MHz (primary) and 3.720 MHz (secondary) and on other lower frequencies as necessary.

Dominican Republic: 3.873 MHz (primary), 3.815 MHz (secondary), 7.182 MHz (primary), 7.255 MHz (secondary); 14.330 MHz (primary), 21.360 MHz (primary), 28.330 MHz (primary).

Your usual cooperation is appreciated.

Doug Mercer, VO1DM CEC
RAC Vice-President and Community Services Officer
Emergency Coordinator IARU Region 2