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Prince William County Saves Residents Money on Flood Insurance Premiums

Residents of Prince William County, VA now have even lower flood insurance premiums as a result of the County’s initiatives to implement better floodplain management measures encouraged by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 4:22 pm

Public Assistance Approved for Eight More Municipalities

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico Fourteen municipalities are now eligible to be reimbursed by the federal government for debris removal and for emergency protective measures that were triggered by the 6.4 earthquake on Jan. 7.


Posted on 19 February 2020 | 3:10 pm

Preliminary Digital Flood Hazard Maps for Collier County Are Ready for Public Viewing

ATLANTA - Residents and property owners in coastal areas of Collier County can view new draft preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) at three upcoming public open houses on March 2-3.

FIRMs show the potential extent and risks of flooding. They will be used to determine flood insurance premiums and building requirements.

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 1:47 pm

Rattled but not Broken: Working Together to Help Puerto Rico Recover

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico On Dec. 28, an earthquake rattled Puerto Rico’s southwest coast, destroying homes and cultural treasures. Unfortunately, it was just a precursor to a magnitude 6.4 temblor that struck the same area on Jan. 7.


Posted on 18 February 2020 | 4:51 pm

Stockton Receives $958,000 FEMA Grant to Bolster Emergency Services

Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $958,000 to the City of Stockton to train members of the Stockton Fire Department as paramedics.

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 10:53 am

Application Process for FEMA Youth Preparedness Council Is Open

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Teenagers from grades 8 to 11 can apply to participate in FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council 2020, where they can develop leadership skills, share important preparedness information with their peers and give back to their communities. The application period is open through March 1, 2020.


Posted on 18 February 2020 | 10:47 am

Get Home Repair Advice Feb. 17-22 at Sears in Mayagüez, Home Depot in Ponce

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico As the people of Puerto Rico repair and rebuild their homes, FEMA has teamed with Sears and Home Depot to provide free information and tips on how to make homes damaged by earthquakes and hurricanes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation community education and outreach specialists are available Monday, Feb. 17 to Saturday, Feb. 22 in Mayag
üez and Ponce.

Posted on 15 February 2020 | 10:13 am

Crisis Counseling Approved for Six Municipalities in Southwest Puerto Rico

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – Few things are as unsettling as having the earth move beneath your feet without warning. If you just can’t overcome feelings of unhappiness or unease, you are not alone. Help is at hand, and it’s free.


Posted on 13 February 2020 | 11:42 am

Be a sweetheart: prepare your family now for spring weather

AUSTIN, Texas – Show you care this Valentine’s Day by ensuring your loved ones and your home are ready for possible spring floods.


If it can rain, it can flood. Floods are the most frequent – and the most costly – natural disasters in the United States. Hurricane Harvey impacted 41,500 square miles of Texas in August 2017, resulting in 92,351 flood insurance claims which paid out $9 billion.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 10:13 am

FEMA Region IV Seeks Youth Leaders for National Youth Preparedness Council

ATLANTA – Youth from communities across the Southeast are encouraged to apply for FEMA’s national Youth Preparedness Council. The Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to share their perspectives, feedback, and opinions related to preparedness, and grow their leadership skills while supporting the resilience of their communities.

Posted on 13 February 2020 | 10:00 am

Help from FEMA and SBA Now Available for Earthquake Survivors

CAGUAS, Puerto RicoHomeowners and renters in the 25 southwest Puerto Rico municipalities that were approved for disaster assistance for the recent earthquakes may apply for assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Posted on 12 February 2020 | 3:51 pm

Lynn Haven approved for $7.3 million to reimburse debris removal costs

PANAMA CITY, Fla. FEMA has approved $7,284,609 for the state of Florida to reimburse the city of Lynn Haven for debris removal costs following Hurricane Michael. Disaster-generated debris posed a threat to public health, safety, natural resources and tourism.


Posted on 12 February 2020 | 1:20 pm

Additional $3.1 million approved for Blountstown

PANAMA CITY, Fla. FEMA has approved two projects ($1,106,063 and $1,955,261) for a total of $3,061,324 for the state of Florida to reimburse the city of Blountstown for recovery expenses following Hurricane Michael.


The city is receiving $1,106,063 for public utilities costs including repairs to gas and water utilities, as well as restoration of electrical services citywide.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 1:08 pm

Mexico Beach approved for $3.6 million

PANAMA CITY, Fla. FEMA has approved an additional $3,566,397 for the state of Florida to reimburse the city of Mexico Beach for the cost of emergency protective measures taken after Hurricane Michael.


This grant reimburses the city for repairs to an emergency beach berm following the October 2018 storm, including replacing sand, installing fencing, planting vegetation and building beach access walkways.

Posted on 12 February 2020 | 1:06 pm

Free Legal Information Available for Those Affected by the Earthquakes

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – A free legal aid hotline is now available to eligible Puerto Rico residents affected by the earthquakes that began in December.


Posted on 12 February 2020 | 7:58 am

FEMA Visits Kmart Stores February 10-15 in Mayagüez and Ponce

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico FEMA mitigation community education and outreach specialists will be at two Kmart locations to answer questions and to provide free information and tips on how to strengthen and secure homes damaged by earthquakes and hurricanes.


Posted on 11 February 2020 | 9:19 am

FEMA and COR3 Obligate an Additional $63 Million for Recovery Work in Puerto Rico

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA and the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, have obligated an additional $63 million in funds for 56 projects related to the recovery and reconstruction of Puerto Rico. These funds were obligated between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6.


Posted on 11 February 2020 | 6:27 am

Six Municipalities Approved for Transitional Sheltering Assistance

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – At the request of the Government of Puerto Rico, FEMA has approved the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program which provides eligible earthquake survivors hotel or motel lodging within Puerto Rico, paid for by FEMA.


Posted on 10 February 2020 | 5:06 pm

FEMA Grants $3M to Improve Flood Protection for Marin County Homes

Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $3 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Marin County to reduce flood risk and extend flood protection to the community of Santa Venetia.

Posted on 10 February 2020 | 1:50 pm

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Available for Earthquake Survivors

EDITOR’S NOTE: This version CORRECTS the deadline for filing for DUA from Feb. 28, 2020, to March 3, 2020 and clarifies filing requirements.


Posted on 7 February 2020 | 3:45 pm

Nine More Puerto Rico Municipalities Eligible for Individual Assistance

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – Nine more municipalities that were affected by the earthquakes that began Dec. 28, 2019, in southwest Puerto Rico have been designated as eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

Posted on 6 February 2020 | 6:24 pm

Wortham Theater Center returns to the stage with help from FEMA

AUSTIN, Texas In August 2017, as the season was underway for Houston’s ballet and opera companies, Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters rushed into the Wortham Theater Center, home to the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. Water remained in the center for two weeks, ruining not only facilities, but also contents needed for performances like costumes, props and wigs.


The Nutcracker stage went dark.

Posted on 6 February 2020 | 10:06 am

FEMA Grants $2.2M to Protect Sonoma County Homes from Flooding

Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $2.2 million to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and Sonoma County to help 10 homeowners elevate their homes to protect from perennial flooding.

Posted on 5 February 2020 | 10:40 am

FEMA Invests in the Recovery of Puerto Rico’s Cultural Heritage

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Recently, FEMA obligated nearly $14.3 million in federal funds to the Puerto Rico State Historic Preservation Office for permanent work to restore the Cuartel de Ballajá in Old San Juan.

Posted on 5 February 2020 | 6:26 am

Additional $12.8 million approved for Leon County Hurricane Michael expenses

PANAMA CITY, Fla. FEMA has approved two projects ($7,859,538 and $4,928,975) for a total of $12,788,513 for the state of Florida to reimburse Leon County for debris removal costs following Hurricane Michael. Disaster-generated debris posed a threat to public health, safety, natural resources and tourism.


Posted on 4 February 2020 | 1:34 pm

American Radio Relay League | Ham Radio Association and Resources

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

VP8PJ South Orkney Islands DXpedition Anticipates Being on the Air on Sunday, February 23

The VP8PJ DXpedition to South Orkney Islands now anticipates being on the air sometime on Sunday, February 23, a couple of days behind the projected schedule. “The process of assembling the camp continues,” the DXpedition team reported on February 21. “[G]oing well, but will continue throughout today and tomorrow.” And in a follow-up report, “The ice has cleared enough to get the equipment asho...

Posted on 21 February 2020 | 1:44 pm

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.


Posted on 21 February 2020 | 1:26 pm

Emergency Communication Exercise Set in Northern Florida

On Sunday, March 1, dozens of amateur radio volunteers from several states will take part in a 3-hour exercise in the northern Florida city of Gainesville. The exercise is designed to test and evaluate skills, assets, and strategies for emergency communication, such as those that might be needed in the aftermath of a hurricane. The exercise is being organized by the North Florida Amateur Radio ...

Posted on 21 February 2020 | 11:07 am

France Authorizes Use of 60-Meter Band

Posted on 21 February 2020 | 11:01 am

New World Distance Record Claimed on 122 GHz

A new world distance record of 139 kilometers (86.2 miles) is being claimed by radio amateurs in northern California. This tops the record of 114 kilometers set in 2005 by WA1ZMS and W4WWQ, according to the Distance Records on the ARRL website.

The February 17, 2020, contact was between Mike Lavelle, K6ML, on Mount Vaca (CM88WJ75ON) at 835 meters (2,739.5 feet) above sea level, and Oliver Barret...

Posted on 21 February 2020 | 10:59 am

Mississippi ARES® Emergency Coordinator Credits Training for Effective Tornado Response

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in DeSoto County, Mississippi, devoted several days in January to assisting local emergency managers in responding to tornado damage in the region. Desoto County Emergency Coordinator Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ; Assistant EC Gene Adams, KF5KVL; Tate County EC Brad Kerley, KG5TTU, and Andy Luscomb, AG5FG, reported at 3 AM on January 11 to the DeSot...

Posted on 21 February 2020 | 10:57 am

The K7RA Solar Update

The most recent sunspot appearance was on February 1, nearly three weeks ago.

Average daily solar flux over the past week declined just barely from 71.1 to 70.9.

Average daily planetary A index changed from 8.3 to 7, and mid-latitude A index went from 6.7 to 5.1. Solar activity remains very low.

Predicted solar flux is projected to remain very low, at 70 on February 20-27, and 71 on February 28 th...

Posted on 21 February 2020 | 9:56 am

WA9ZCO Wins the February QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the February 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is “CW Combo Key” by Marc Alan Winzenried, WA9ZCO.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today.


Posted on 20 February 2020 | 12:03 pm

ARISS Radio Telebridge Stalwart Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, SK

When the International Space Station (ISS) orbit is not favorable for a direct Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with a particular school or location scheduled to speak with an astronaut, ARISS radio telebridge stations bridge the gap. Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, of Parklands, South Africa, one of the “regulars” during the earlier years of the ARISS program, died on F...

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 2:13 pm

Coronavirus Outbreak Postpones Swains Island W8S DXpedition

The W8S DXpedition to Swains Island in the Pacific, set to take place in mid-March, has been postponed until fall as a result of travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American Samoa, stemming from the recent coronavirus outbreak. The Department of Health allows non-residents to enter American Samoa only via Hawaii after a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Hawaii, and the DXpedition w...

Posted on 19 February 2020 | 2:08 pm

VP8PJ South Orkney Team En Route to Signy Island

The MV Braveheart is at sea again, this time transporting the VP8PJ South Orkney DXpedition team to Signy Island. Track the vessel’s progress on the VP8PJ website. The Perseverance DX Group is sponsoring the DXpedition. Team members have been operating as ZL1NA/mm during their voyage, generating heavy pileups.

VP8PJ is expected to commence operation on February 21 and continue until March 5. Ope...

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 3:05 pm

Yasme Foundation Announces Grants and Excellence Awards

The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors announced several grants when it met in Orlando, Florida, on February 9. Financial support will go to:


  • The Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (ET3AA) for VHF equipment.


  • The SU8WRC/SU8X demonstration station at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 in Egypt.


  • The Youth on the Air and HamSCI exhibits at Dayton Hamvention 2020.


  • Contest University at ...

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 2:52 pm

UK 5 MHz Beacon Shutting Down

The 5 MHz (60-meter) GB3WES beacon in Westmorland, England (IO84qn), on 5.290 MHz will close down on March 11, 2020, when its Notice of Variation (NoV) expires. The beacon began service on October 30, 2004. At the time, it was one of a chain of three UK 5 MHz propagation research beacons; the others were GB3RAL in Oxfordshire, already shut down, and GB3ORK in Orkney, which will be the sole rema...

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 2:43 pm

AMSAT Declares End of Mission for Pioneer AO-85 CubeSat

AMSAT reports that the pioneering AMSAT-OSCAR 85 (AO-85) CubeSat, also known as Fox-1A, has gone silent.

“Having not been heard throughout the most recent period of full illumination, it is reasonable to believe the batteries have deteriorated to the point of no longer being able to power the transmitter,” AMSAT said this week. “Should some future event cause a cell to open, it is possible the s...

Posted on 18 February 2020 | 2:25 pm

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