FCC Chairman Recognizes Ham Radio In Praising Those Assisting Puerto Rico:
The ARRL Letter
November 9, 2017
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FCC Chairman Recognizes Amateur Radio In Praising Those Assisting Puerto Rico:
Wrapping up a 2-day visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit
Pai, recognized Amateur Radio volunteers as he praised those who turned
out to help the stricken commonwealth in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
"[T]he worst of tragedies can also bring out the best in people. I saw
that firsthand during my 2 days in Puerto Rico," Pai said. "Everyone is
pitching in: the people of Puerto Rico helping their neighbors,
hardworking Federal Emergency Management Agency staff -- including
communications personnel in Emergency Support Function #2 -- the
dedicated regulators of the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory
Board, and the FCC's own Roberto Mussenden, who has spent the past
month away from his family on the mainland in order to help the island
where he grew up."
"Additionally, Amateur Radio operators, broadcasters, cable operators,
fixed wireless companies, wireline carriers, and mobile providers have
stepped up to the plate, working overtime to connect the disconnected,"
Pai continued. "All of this work reflects the ethos I saw on many signs
and t-shirts during my time on the island: 'Puerto Rico Se Levanta'
[Puerto Rico is Rising]."
Pai said recovering from Hurricane Maria will require an
all-hands-on-deck effort, and the FCC "remains committed to doing
everything we can to help restore communications networks as quickly as
In October, the FCC granted ARRL's request to waive current Amateur
Radio rules to permit data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than
currently permitted, in order to facilitate hurricane relief
communications between the continental US and Puerto Rico. The
temporary waiver will enable the use of PACTOR 3 and PACTOR 4.
"The path to recovery has met several challenges, most notably the lack
of power and functional infrastructure," Pai said. "One thing is clear:
overcoming these challenges won't be easy." Read more
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