Force of Two: In Depth stories from 2 Puerto Rico volunteers on HamRadioNow

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KN4AQ, Oct 28, 2017.

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  1. KG7LEA

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  2. NS0S

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    Most people in Puerto Rico know speak a little English. There was always someone close to translate if there was a major language gap. I worked at a hospital for my last part. Everyone spoke English. Medical words are Latin based and we use the same words in both countries. If you can ask for a bathroom and water in spanish you should be fine.
  3. K3LI

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    Look, the ARRL exist strictly for the ARRL. They are no different than any political group. Berate them, and they will try to discredit you. I am not no, nor have I ever been impressed with the ARRL.

    Take the Amateur radio parity act that actually passed through the House of Reps a year of so ago. The ARRL takes credit. I, for a fact, know who got it done and how, and it was not the ARRL. No, the ARRL just paid it lip service and games.

    As long as they get invited to the Cocktail Parties, they do not really care. If they care, why are they not crawling up the rear end of the FCC demanding enforcement actions? How long do you think it would actually take to get some of the morons off the air?

    Nope, ARRL really does not care. What a joke. You would think an organization like ARRL, who professes the "go to" group would have insured a smooth, seamless operation with FEMA, Red Cross, (who are great) and other agencies. Nope, here are our 22 guys and some stuff good luck, seems more like what happened.
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  4. K5WW

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    Yup, and that was an accident waiting to happen. Because that minority was a major part of the problem, as explained by Jeremy. Without that minority NS0S and folks like him could have done so much more good work. Isn't that what they were sent over there in the first place?

    NS0S didn't mention any calls, and I'm not going to either. Much like that famous microphone manufacturer that was "featured" in just about every QST issue all year long a few years ago, the ARRL have now found another a few millionaires to do the PR for them. Works for the League's sales figures; but not in disasters.
  5. K5WW

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    Probably for the same reason RACES requires their members to be US Citizens. Aka: sheer stupidity.
  6. K5WW

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    Wait, what? Since when? Oh, I get it: "nominal" is the key word. As in "nominally your SUV will be fine. But in 1.247 percent of the cases it will kill you for no reason".

    As someone who's been an ARRL member for the past 30'ish years I have no problem telling you that that is far from the truth. Although it used to be the case.

    Things changed when people became able to buy their own President seat. Credentials and qualifications? Bah, you don't need those! Just show us the money...

    Look at the financial reports published every year. Somebody donating upwards of $20k a year to the ARRL dictates the interests, not the membership.
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  7. W1YW

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  8. KG7LEA

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    Perhaps we can say "poor performers" rather than bad actors.

    I am interested in screening steps to eliminate or reduce these occurrences. There also has to be accountability; failure to perform gets you sent home.
  9. AA7EJ

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    This discussion keeps pussyfooting around what exactly did the bad apples do wrong.
    Too much speculations is going on and that does not help to "do better" next time.

    Also we keep forgetting who requested the amateur radio help and how prepared ARC was to actually utilize amateur radio as a communication tool.
    I have a hard time believing that OM or YL would go to disaster area just to screw around.

    On the other hand I have not seen people standing around with their hands in their pockets during recent Harvey festivities. Maybe these guys realized that "communication" was the last thing in need to take care off.
    Something ARC realized 21 days later.

    73 Shirley
  10. KG7LEA

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    We can break down what to do better into three categories
    • What can ARRL do better?
    • What can ARC do better?
    • What can individual volunteers do better?
    Remember that the ARRL had never attempted anything like this before, the ARC never requested anything like this before, and the scale of disaster was greater than anyone had ever encountered before.

    In my observation and study the ARC found itself with a communications team without a plan to deploy it. The team self deployed and the good hams became Red Cross volunteers with a communications capability. The interviews I have conducted reveal many non-comm duties being performed. As Red Cross assets this should be expected.

    I volunteered to support a marathon this past weekend on foot and in a vehicle. My duties involved 10 percent push-to-talk and 90 percent being a good volunteer.
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