Ham Talk Live #89 -- Puerto Rico with Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L:
D Neil Rapp (WB9VPG)
November 7, 2017
View comments about this article!
Thursday at 9 PM Eastern on Ham Talk Live!,
it's your chance to call in and talk to
Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L about the trip to
Puerto Rico for disaster communications. She
will talk about the work that was done, and
give us a first hand insight into how things
are on the island.
Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9
pm Eastern time by going to hamtalklive.com.
When the audio player indicates LIVE, just
hit the play button! If you miss the show
live, you can listen on demand 24/7/365.25
also at hamtalklive.com; or a podcast version
is on nearly all podcast sites a few minutes
after the live show is over. Some sites
include Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google
Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and
it's also available on YouTube.
Be sure to CALL in with your questions and
comments by calling 812-NET-HAM-1 live during
the show, or by Skype. Our username is
hamtalklive. You can also tweet your
questions before or during the show to
This article has expired. No more comments may be added.
Ham Talk Live #89 -- Puerto Rico with Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L
by NY9A on February 13, 2018
Mail this to a friend!
Valerie Hotzfeld NV9L was the speaker at February 13th's, 2018, meeting of the Westchester Emergency Communications Association (WECA) in White Plains NY. She appeared via SKYPE and provided a compelling presentation of the valiant ways the 50 or more amateur volunteers triumphed over the devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. More than 800 cell towers were destroyed, all traffic lights, all power and telephones lines were downed, and only local amateurs had any radio capability. None of the "professional" disaster people had communications for the first 2 weeks after the storm. But, the volunteers quickly established ham posts at hospitals, fire and police stations, becoming the vital link to FEMA and military services at the central command location. "There were 800 desks manned by all services there, but only we amateurs had communication equipment and we were in great demand," says Val. Many people were saved and families reunited thanks to the ham volunteer effort. Thanks to the hams were expressed by leaders, including vice president Mike Pence, who toured Puerto Rico to see the devastation of the island firsthand. Val's husband, Jerry, also an amateur, was deployed in Puerto Rico as a volunteer, as well.
The presentation included a Q & A period which attendees used to sharpen their own views of emergency readiness from NV9L's personal experience. One asked her why she and her husband volunteered. "It goes to what we all are," she said. "We are amateurs... we do it for love."
Reported by George J. Whalen, NY9A
You are not subscribed to discussions on this article.
Other News Articles
Blind Man Reaches World Audience Through Radio:
'Rogue' Sunspots Spoil Chances for Long-Term Space Weather Forecasting:
Ham Talk Live #107 -- CW Ops:
Ogden (W9CZ) Named High Desert's 'Ham of the Year':
First Individual Amateurs in Tunisia: