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This page,, includes information and news summarizing the preparations and response by Amateur Radio (ham radio) volunteers who are supporting emergency communications in areas that may be (or have been) impacted by 2018 hurricanes. Ham radio operators provide a critial communications capability used for relaying life-saving information and to assist with reunification activities. Additionally, radio amateurs throughout affected regions often provide firsthand accounts of storm impact and ongoing recovery needs. 

Media/Press Inquires
For press inquiries, please ask reporters to contact ARRL directly at 860-594-0328 (secondary 860-594-0321), or via email at A system has been established at ARRL Headquarters to respond to media inquiries in a timely and accurate manner.


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Hurricane Watch Net

VOIP Hurricane Net

Amateur Radio at the National Hurricane Center


ARRL NEWS ( for the latest news)

10/25/2018 | Ham Aid Kits Positioned to Deploy as Typhoon Yutu Ravages Central Pacific Islands

10/23/2018 | Mexico’s IARU Member-Society Requests Clear Frequencies for Hurricane Nets

10/18/2018 | ARRL Northern Florida Section Seeks Volunteers to Deploy to Hurricane Zone

10/12/2018 | Northern Florida ARES Teams Handle Hurricane Duty

10/10/2018 | Amateur Radio Assets Active as Category 4 Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

10/09/2018 | ARRL Headquarters on Alert for Hurricane Michael

10/08/2018 | Hurricane Watch Net Announces Plans as Hurricane Michael Approaches Gulf Coast

09/16/2018 | FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

09/16/2018 | South Carolina Amateur Radio Volunteers Assist with Emergency Communication

09/14/2018 | Hurricane Watch Net Remains Active as Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina

09/14/2018 | Hurricane Watch Net Stands Down after Nearly 40 Hours of Operation

09/13/2018 | W1AW Suspending Scheduled Transmissions on Friday, September 14

09/11/2018 | ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team to Activate on September 12 

09/10/2018 | ARRL Headquarters, Hurricane Watch Net, SATERN Monitoring Active Storms



News 4 JAX (Jacksonville, FL)
10/17/2018 | Local amateur radio operators needed to help communication after Michael

Florida Times-Union newspaper (Jacksonville, FL)

10/14/2018 | Nassau County amateur radio operators aid communications following Hurricane Michael

Gainesville Sun daily newspaper (Gainesville, FL)
10/13/2018 | Local ham radio operators helping with post-hurricane communications

WKRN News 2 (Nashville, TN)
10/12/2018 | Ham radio operators connect emergency teams and families stranded by Hurricane Michael

Good Morning America-ABC News
10/11/2018 | Historic Hurricane Devastates Gulf Coast
(at 6-minute mark, look for ARES operator and ARES logo on his truck)WFLA NewsChannel 8 (Citrus County FL)

10/11/2018 | Amateur radio operators provide hurricane aid through the airwaves

WTSP-TV News 10 (Tampa, FL)
10/11/2018 | Hurricane Michael downs countless trees in Marianna, Florida

WTVY (Alabama)
09/17/2018 | Local organizations working together to help Florence victims

WKTV (New York)

09/15/2018 | CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield, September 15, 2018: Part 1 (of 2)
09/15/2018 | CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield, September 15, 2018: Part 2 (of 2)

Villages-News (Villages, FL)
09/15/2018 | Villages Amateur Radio Club boasts 220 members who stand ready to provide help

WCBS NewsRadio 880
09/14/2018 | Connecticut Group Sends Ham Radios Into Florence Danger Zone To Maintain Communications

WTHI News 10 (Terre Haute, IN)
09/14/2018 | Ham radio operators assist with Hurricane Florence communications

WTNH News 8 (New Haven, CT)
09/13/2018 | Ham radio operators ready to help with hurricane

Newsday (New York, NY)
09/13/2018 | LI ham radio operators ready to 'get the message out' during Hurricane Florence

WCPO-TV (Cincinnati. OH)
09/13/2018 | Ham radio operators could play an important role in potential Hurricane Florence disaster

09/12/2018 | Ham radios used in Hurricane Maria aftermath sent to South Carolina

Fox61 (Hartford, CT)
09/12/2018 | Ham radio operators amplify messages in face of Hurricane Florence

WNPR News (Hartford, CT)
09/12/2018 | Connecticut Sends Aid Ahead of Hurricane Florence

(Birmingham, AL)
09/13/2018 | Ham radio operators play vital role in hurricane response
09/13/2018 | How to Prepare for Hurricane Florence