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#3491 - 10/02/00 07:53 AM Ham Radio  
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Does anyone have info on ham radio operations
in Belize? San Pedro?

#3492 - 10/02/00 08:17 AM Re: Ham Radio  
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I am an amateur radio operator. My daughter, Amy Wruble is with the FOX crew on Ambergris. There is a hurricane "net" operating now on 14.325 mhz. I am able to monitor it, with difficulty, from New York City. I will report what I hear, if relevant.
One station in Belize, in a village named "Scotland", abt 7-8 miles from something that sounded like "Berle Boom". He is operating on batteries.

At 0900 EDT, he reported

"Very strong winds at 0700Z (0300EDT). Now winds from NWN at estimated 35-45mph with stronger gusts. Barometer 29.78" and steady. Major rain. 13.3" in 48hrs, 12.48" past 24hrs, 6.65" in past 9.5 hrs."

Another ham in central Mexico reports having spoken by telephone with his daughter in Belize City. I was able only to copy "Still heavy rain. Winds down slightly and shifted in direction towards the ocean"

I have passed my email address to some of these US hams asking for any info on Ambergris Cay. I will continue to post what I learn here.

Brian Wruble

#3493 - 10/02/00 08:19 AM Re: Ham Radio  
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thaks Brian, thats very helpful and a great possible source for very scarce information. keep us posted...

all i am getting is those bits and pieces from radio operators..

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 10-02-2000).]

#3494 - 10/02/00 08:22 AM Re: Ham Radio  


My boyfriend is Jay Miracle, a director on that shoot - if you hear any info regarding him can you please let me know., or (818)501-6251, or here!

thanks so much - so glad to hear your daughter's safe!

Lenore Andriel

#3495 - 10/02/00 08:24 AM Re: Ham Radio  
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Actually, I have NO INFORMATION on my daughter, so if anybody hears, please don't assume I know anything about her. I am VERY worried.

Have a new report as of 0920 EDT, ham on Cay Caulker reports "major damage" but his house is ok.


#3496 - 10/02/00 08:35 AM Re: Ham Radio  

Brian -

I'm sorry, I misunderstood. However, I called the US Embassy at (202)647-4000 it's the task force#. Fox had called them with a list of people who did leave the island and the ones still there they haven't contacted yet. The man's name was Rick Dowell. He also gave me the number for Fox - (323)806-6526 and ask for David Yost. Hope this helps.

Lenore Andriel

#3497 - 10/02/00 08:45 AM Re: Ham Radio  
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Thanks for the clarification.

I am now monitoring 14.265mhz, for those of you who have access to a short wave radio. This is a Saturn Emergency Net run by hams. There have not been any responses to calls for hams in the affected area in about the last 30 minutes. About 30 min ago, a ham from Cay Caulker checked in to report "major damage" his house ok. I will stay glued to the radio and post the relevant stuff here.


#3498 - 10/02/00 09:16 AM Re: Ham Radio  
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In the last few minutes, a message was relayed from Cay Caulker asking for food and supplies. No further info.


#3499 - 10/02/00 10:35 AM Re: Ham Radio  
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Another msg relayed from Cay Caulker -- 60 mph winds, structural damage, trees down. No info on injuries.

Sri for so little, but reports are few and far between.


#3500 - 10/02/00 11:57 AM Re: Ham Radio  
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Recent report re: Ambergris. Winds 20-45kts,light rain. Winds have moved from NW and now from NE. Sea levels 6-8" (INCHES) above normal. Damage on island severe to heavy, mainly on leeward side because of wind direction from NW. {sic -- I don't know where this comment places the leeward side, but I would assume this means the bay side vice the ocean side.} No Power. No telephone communications. Only communications via a mainland vhf marine radio repeater. This report from a staion in Gallon Jug. (don't know where that is, assume mainland. Anybody know?)
Brian Wruble

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