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ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations:

from The ARRL Letter on October 12, 2017
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ARRL Expresses Gratitude for Outpouring of Ham Aid Donations:

ARRL thanks the Amateur Radio community for its generosity in support of the ARRL Ham Aid Fund http://www.arrl.org/ham-aid, which is making it possible to provide relief and recovery communications in Puerto Rico. Overall, there have been more than 600 donations to the Ham Aid program in response to a call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and nearly $125,000 has come in from clubs and individuals. Several Amateur Radio retailers and manufacturers also have stepped up to donate needed equipment. Roderick said he was amazed at the overwhelming response, including those who answered his call to join the "Force of 50" now deployed in Puerto Rico.

"The Amateur Radio community really came together in providing donations of equipment, funding, and personnel in response to the great need in Puerto Rico," Roderick said. "The scale of these efforts and the response is making history. This has got to be one of Amateur Radio's greatest moments. Our sincere thanks go to all involved."

The list of those offering their generosity and support is long and growing. Contributors include International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2 http://www.iaru.org/region-2.html), which donated two Ham Aid kits in addition to a monetary donation; the Yasme Foundation http://www.yasme.org, which made a monetary contribution to the Ham Aid Fund and donated critical equipment, and the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF http://www.ncdxf.org). Donations also came from the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC https://oarc.org/) and from Orlando HamCation http://hamcation.org/.

Amateur Radio dealers and retailers have made in-kind donations. Quicksilver Radio (QSR http://www.qsradio.com/) has contributed antennas and accessories, Radiowavz http://www.radiowavz.com/ has provided antennas, and Heil Sound Ltd. https://heilsound.com/ has donated headsets with cables. Other corporate and retail in-kind contributors include ABR Industries https://abrind.com/, AT&T www/att/com, Icom America http://www.icomamerica.com/, Yaesu https://www.yaesu.com/, Ham Radio Outlet (HRO https://www.hamradio.com/), and DX Engineering http://www.dxengineering.com/.

Monetary donations also have arrived from the CW Operators Club (CWops http://www.cwops.org/); the SouthEastern DX and Contesting Organization (SEDCO http://www.w4dxcc.com/the-sedco-story.html), sponsor of W4DXCC; the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC http://www.nccc.org); the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club (FMARC https://fmarc.net/); the Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club; the North Shore Radio Club (NSARC http://www.ns9rc.org/), and the Steel City Amateur Radio Club (W3KWH https://w3kwh.com/).

Ham Aid was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes in the US and the Caribbean, and Ham Aid kits are in use throughout Puerto Rico for the Hurricane Maria relief and recovery effort.

Ham Aid equipment will be needed for future disasters. "Your donation to Ham Aid will help us now, and contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible," President Roderick said.

You can donate online http://www.arrl.org/arrl-donation-form (select "Ham Aid" from the Donation Form list), or by mail by printing a donation form https://www.arrl.org/files/file/2015_ARRLDevelopmentDonationForm.pdf and mailing it with your check payable to ARRL, noting "Ham Aid" on the memo line, to ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 USA.

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The ARRL Letter

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