School Students Ham Radio Link to Puerto Rico

Garden School's Amateur Radio Club (in New York) are offering a messaging lifeline to residents in Puerto Rico, using the equipment in the schools amateur radio room.

The school's radio club, which has grown to around 20 members since launching last year, has competed in contests and learned all about operating ham radios from inside the 78th Street school. 

The station, call sign K2GSG — is transmitting messages to send down to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, which has been mostly without power since Hurricane Maria struck the island.

Garden School teacher John Hale KD2LPM, the club's faculty advisor, was trained in emergency messaging this summer — and put it to use Thursday by sending his first two messages to Puerto Rico.

"They're completely without power," he said. "This is the way we're getting messages in."

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