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Round-The-World Flyer Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, Spearheading Dominica Airlift:

from The ARRL Letter on September 28, 2017
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Round-The-World Flyer Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, Spearheading Dominica Airlift:

Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN, the Texas aviator who recently circumnavigated the globe following Amelia Earhart's path, is spearheading "Dominica Airlift -- Angels to Eden" to aid residents of the storm-stricken Caribbean island nation. A category 5 Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on September 18, leaving the population of about 70,000 without power or viable telecommunications. In addition, it wrought severe damage to homes and infrastructure, including the island's port, but sparing at least one usable airstrip. The situation on Dominica is said to be dire, with conditions that the Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, described as "worse than in a war zone." Lloyd learned this week, however, that the relief situation on Dominica is improving.

"Our help is needed, but new information came in last night," Lloyd said in a September 25 Facebook post. "We established contact with the emergency operations center (EOC) on Dominica late last night. We now know that the port is open again, and other relief materials are starting to flow into Dominica."

But, he added, even with international relief from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) starting to come in, the EOC asked Lloyd and his airlift volunteers to come to Dominica to help.

"Our help is still needed! We can respond to special needs faster than an NGO can once we are in-theater," Lloyd said.

Pilots with small aircraft are still needed. "We have lots of people who want to donate supplies, but without the airlift going, the supplies can't get to Dominica," Lloyd said over the weekend. He hoped to arrive in Dominica on Thursday.

Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN (center, with back to camera), oversees the loading of equipment on his airplane, Spirit.

Lloyd will take along portable satellite and HF radio gear to set up communication. In addition, he has an HF transceiver on his plane, Spirit, and is carrying a Micom 3 Fly Away HF radio with automatic link establishment (ALE) capability, to use as a portable disaster relief base station.

Ham radio volunteers living in areas having good signal propagation into the Caribbean region are being asked to activate their home ALE HF stations. A call went out at mid-week to ALE-equipped radio amateurs in the Caribbean islands, eastern and southeast US, Central America, and northern South America. The activation will support the Dominica Airlift. Prospective volunteers are asked to e-mail HFLINK. Volunteers will use the HFL (voice) and HFN (text/data/sounding) channel sets, with 14,346.0, 7,296.0, and 5,371.5 kHz likely to be the most active.

Lloyd has a donated Iridium satellite telephone plus a small generator to power the communication equipment and to charge batteries. At least two other pilots will assist. -- Thanks to Bonnie Crystal, KQ6XA, for some information


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