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International Amateur Radio Saves Life

A recent incident with a happy ending is summarized in the following press release translated from the German Press … Layne AE1N

Exceptional international help in an emergency

The Ortsverband Erding in the German Amateur Radio Club makes again talk about: The fact that radio amateurs worldwide connections can connect with other radio operators, is no secret. This hobby is practiced by hundreds of thousands around the world. Even members of the Erdinger Club keep themselves abroad and keep contact with their homeland. But now and then the interesting hobby becomes an emergency. So happened last Friday, when Lothar Fröhlich / DK8LRF and HK3JCL, also a member of the Erdinger radio operators, in Colombia just talked to friends in New York and Germany on shortwave and suddenly a cry for help was heard. Cheerful thought first, someone wanted to make it a joke and disturb the round, but he quickly realized that it was a cry for help of a known radio in Dingden on the Dutch border. What happened?

The radio operator, confined to a wheelchair for 49 years after a serious bathing accident, was alone at home and had fallen down and was unable to move. Since he is often talking to Fröhlich at the same time on a certain frequency, he had set this fortunately and also pressed the “VOX” button, so that the radio automatically goes on air when someone speaks. This was to his benefit, because he called for help with all his strength and was, as he later announced, about 5 m away from the microphone. Fröhlich immediately called on the frequency for German radio operators who should notify the rescue or the police. A Hamburg radio operator heard the announcement and immediately notified the police. At the same time, Fröhlich called for help from Colombia via his echolinking station in Isen. A radio operator from Eichstätt took up the call and for safety’s sake also notified the local police. This returned by return mail and confirmed that help was already on the road and remarked that such a thing had never happened to them before, that a call for help from Germany would be taken by a radio operator in Colombia and then land the emergency call to the police in Germany. The victim was helped quickly. He immediately thanked the helpers by radio.

(The event was also described in detail on March 6th in the Munich Merkur .)


Ham Rescued from atop Ham Radio Antenna

Murphy’s Law .=. If anything can go wrong, it will. …Layne AE1N

An 80-year-old Edgartown man was rescued Monday morning [March 12, 2018] by the Edgartown Fire Department from a ham radio tower in his yard.

William Welch, an electrician and avid amateur radio operator, got his sneaker caught atop a 20-foot-tall backyard antenna after he scaled the structure to secure it ahead of the impending nor’easter, his wife Betty told The Times. Firefighters were dispatched at around 10:45 am to 7 Welch’s Way for a report of a man trapped on a tower.

Among the first of his department on scene, Fire Chief Alex Schaeffer climbed the tower — an antenna — to assist Welch, who held on just below the apex.

Edgartown’s ladder truck arrived shortly after Schaeffer, but firefighters couldn’t position the ladder beneath Welch because a pitch pine was in the way. Instead, the ladder was telescoped parallel to Welch and Chief Schaeffer.

Firefighters moved back and forth over the ladder and put a helmet on Welch and fitted him with a harness. The harness was fastened to the tower, so Welch couldn’t fall. Chief Schaeffer then climbed down, collected gear, and was subsequently hoisted aloft by the ladder on a rope. After being positioned adjacent to Welch, Chief Schaeffer linked a harness he wore to Welch’s with carabiners. Firefighters then hoisted the two over the pitch pine and safely to the ground, where a group of firefighters and EMTs awaited.

Welch was taken into an Oak Bluffs ambulance for observation and released, his wife said. His pride is a little bruised, his wife said, but nothing else. “He’s doing wonderful. He just had a big lunch,” she said midday Monday. The mishap was a fluke, she said. Welch has climbed all his life. He turned 80 in October, but feels 20 years younger, she said.


Open House for New Hams – Saturday March 17

Are you a new Ham and interested in what you can do with your license?  Or have been licensed for a while but have not been on the air?  We will be holding a New Ham Open House at Fred, AB1OC, and Anita, AB1QB’s QTH on Saturday, March 17th starting at 1:00 pm for new Hams.


HF Operation

We’ll have a tour of our antenna farm and we’ll have our HF Station setup for you to make some contacts.

AB1OC Antenna Tower

Satellite Operation

Satellite 3.0 Antennas
Satellite 3.0 Antennas

We will also have our Satellite Station setup for you to make contacts.

Fox Hunt and Demos

A crew going on a foxhunt
A crew going on a foxhunt

We will also have a fox hunt (Weather Permitting)  and demos of the High Altitude Balloon and some Raspberry Pi projects.

HT Programming

New Ham Open House
Kenwood TH-D74 HT

We will also help you to program your HTs using RTSystems or Chirp software.  Bring your HT and a programming cable if you are interested in this.

Hope to see you on March 17th.  See the Calendar for details.  It starts at 1pm but will go all afternoon so you can arrive any time in the afternoon.