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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB093 (1995)

ARLB093 Aid for Virgin Islands

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ARRL Bulletin 93  ARLB093
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  October 12, 1995
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB093 Aid for Virgin Islands

Amateurs in the US Virgin Islands have an additional repeater on the
air following Hurricane Marilyn, thanks to the loan of a repeater
from the ARRL.

When Marilyn hit the islands on September 16, some local repeaters
were put out of commission.  ARRL USVI Section Manager Ron Hall,
KP2N, said that a temporary repeater and a few 2-meter quarter-wave
antennas would help the radio amateurs in St Thomas to provide
disaster relief communication until they can get all their repeaters
repaired and operational again.

The League obtained a complete 2-meter repeater and shipped it to
Hall, along with antennas.  The repeater is in use on 146.81 MHz.

The equipment will eventually be returned to ARRL Headquarters where
it will be added to other gear (several hand-helds and 2-meter
transceivers) kept at the ready for emergencies.  These latter
radios were last used by amateurs who helped the American Red Cross
after Hurricane Iniki hit the Hawaiian Islands in September 1992.
Before that, some of the equipment was used in Puerto Rico after
Hurricane Hugo in 1989.