Repeaters activated in Haiti and Dominican Republic

The ARRL Letter includes information that members of the Radio Club Doninicano – the Dominican Republic’s IARU member-society – and Union Dominicana de Radio Aficionados (UDRA) have been able to install two VHF repeaters – one in the Dominican Republic border town of Jumani and another in Port-au-Prince. These repeaters are being used by the Red Cross and civil defense authorities since, until just recently, there has been no other way to communicate except by these amateur radio repeaters. A station at the US embassy in Haiti could not be activated.

The security situation within Haiti remains too uncertain for any wide-spread deployment of amateur radio operators and equipment. It appears that as the domestic situation stabilizes there will be greater need for amateur radio in Haiti in the immediate future and for months, perhaps years to come.

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