ARRL Update and Amateur Radio In Trinidad and Tobago
Speaker: Ria Jairam, N2RJ
Abstract: AMATEUR RADIO IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Trinidad and Tobago is a two-island nation that comprises the most southerly isles of the tropical Caribbean. It shares a rich history with European, Syrian, Lebanese, Chinese, African, and Indian ancestry. Amateur radio is a vibrant, yet niche activity in the country with heavy emphasis on emergency and disaster preparedness. This talk will describe about all aspects of amateur radio in Trinidad and Tobago, local hams and their activities, local customs, things to do and see, and a wrap-up of the recent 59th Independence Day radio celebrations including a special event station, 9Y59IND.
About our speaker: Ria Jairam, N2RJ, has been continuously licensed since 1997, having first obtained her amateur radio license in 1997 in her native Trinidad and Tobago. Ria has participated in many aspects of amateur radio including DXing, contesting, weak signal, FM simplex and repeater work, public service and emergency communications, home-brew and kit building. Ria was elected to serve as the ARRL’s Hudson Division Director since 2019 and also serves as district 2 chair of YLRL (Young Ladies Radio League). She is a member of several clubs including SCARC, NJDXA, NPARC and FLARC. She also runs a YouTube channel, “Ria’s Shack ham radio” where she talks about various educational topics. Professionally she does consulting for renewable energy startups, video and audio production for worship, and large scale IT automation for the financial services industry.
*Note: The meeting location is 309 Alplaus Ave, Alplaus, NY, and the building is at the corner of Alplaus Avenue and Bruce Drive. Please park in the paved lot adjacent to this building. Do not park in the restricted area in front of the building that houses the fire trucks. We will meet in the Multipurpose Room (entrance is on the North side of this building).