Amateur Radio Station
at the
National Hurricane Center

WX4NHC Ham Radio Club Emergency Communications
helps the largest Haiti Earthquake Medical Field hospital.

The WX4NHC Ham Radio Club Coordinators, Julio Ripoll WD4R and John McHugh K4AG, at the request of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Project Medishare organized and coordinated the deployment and operations of equipment and volunteer operators to provided International and Local Emergency Communications for their Field Hospital in Port-au-Prince Haiti.
This is the largest Field Hospital with 240 beds and more than 120 Doctors and Nurses helping critically injured people.
They have already treated more than 20,000 people as of May 1st and continue to help hundreds of people each day.
This Ham Radio Mission was the largest and longest formal International Deployment of American Ham Radio Operators into a disaster area in the last two decades.

WX4NHC Ham Radio Club
has installed two complete HF/VHF/UHF/Winlink/EchoLink radio stations with multiple antennas at both the university's Haiti Field Hospital and the University's Miami Haiti Command Center to support this vital humanitarian medical mission.
Volunteer teams of Ham Radio/MARS Radio Operators have been deployed on a weekly basis to operate the station in Haiti for 5 weeks and we have incurred expenses beyond club our savings and the initial equipment grant.

This Medical Mission has saved lives because of the emergency communications provided by these dedicated volunteer Amateur Radio / MARS Radio Operators who have made personal sacrifices to take off from their work/business, pay their travel expenses to Miami, take multiple vaccines and malaria prophylaxis treatment, carry a hundred pounds of equipment and supplies to spend a week as 2-man teams to provide these vital communications.

The Haiti UM Field Hospital Ham Radio station has been one of the best examples of communications interoperability and cooperation by different agencies and organization that we have seen by connecting multiple agencies and functions that were once not able to talk directly to each other. For example: UM Field Hospital Haiti at Port-au-Prince airport compound to USNS Comfort Hospital ship, coordinating Medivac and critical patient transports, Field Hospital Haiti to airport terminal to coordinate arrivals and cargo transfers, Field Hospital Haiti to other nearby Medical Centers and Missions allowing Field Hospital Haiti Doctors to consult directly to their counterparts. We are also providing relay and paging functions on UHF for the Doctors that are using low power FRS/GMRS Walkie Talkies.
All this is addition to our primary mission of providing international HF communications backup from the Field Hospital in Haiti to the university's Command Center in Miami in case of failure of the satellite link.

Haiti Pictures by Louis Cruz, N4LDG

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the Earthquake.

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) News Article of the Ham Radio Haiti mission.


WX4NHC-Haiti You Tube Video

Our Mission: To Help Save Lives.