• 40 Years Ago: Grenada Invasion

    From Paul W. Schleck@21:1/5 to All on Wed Oct 25 10:16:10 2023
    XPost: rec.radio.amateur.moderated, rec.radio.amateur.policy

    "The United States invasion of Grenada began at dawn on 25 October
    1983. The United States and a coalition of six Caribbean nations invaded
    the island nation of Grenada, 100 miles (160 km) north of
    Venezuela. Codenamed Operation Urgent Fury by the U.S. military, it
    resulted in military occupation within a few days.[9] It was triggered
    by the strife within the People's Revolutionary Government, which
    resulted in the house arrest and execution of the previous leader and
    second Prime Minister of Grenada, Maurice Bishop, and the establishment
    of the Revolutionary Military Council, with Hudson Austin as
    chairman. The invasion resulted in the appointment of an interim
    government, followed by elections in 1984."

    United States Invasion of Grenada https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_invasion_of_Grenada

    "in a news release dated october 28, the fcc has high praise for radio
    amateurs and the role they played in the recent grenada situation.
    the commission waived some of its rules to facilitate communication
    by mark barettella, ka2ork, and other assisting operators. in the
    commissions words, quote, at all times the paramount interest of this
    agency was the safety and welfare of the medical students on the
    grenada campuses. mr. barettella and the amateur operators assisting
    him provided valuable services in relaying information as to the
    safety of the medical students and their families and as to the
    general situation existing at the grenada station, unquote ar"

    30 Years Ago: Grenada Invasion https://groups.google.com/g/rec.radio.amateur.moderated/c/sG_LBr7veiM/m/gmyThhjECCQJ

    "73 Magazine also had a nice story about this: 'An invasion on 20
    meters?' Those were the words Steve Mendolsohn WA2DHF heard with
    disbelief when he answered the telephone at a little after six on the
    morning of Tuesday. October 25th, 1983, Over 2000 miles away on the
    island of Grenada, Mark Baratella KA20RK had been up for three hours,
    making ham radio history. Operating from his second-floor room at the
    Grand Anse campus of Saint George's Medical School, Mark had become an essential link between the island and the rest of the free world."

    Ham Radio and the Invasion of Grenada https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/1n4fvm/ham_radio_and_the_invasion_of_grenada/

    "We would like to thank Frank (sic) Maia for permission to quote these
    excerpts from his excellent article in the November 15, 1983 edition of
    his publication"

    "Reporters on the island had been taken off before the invasion and none
    were allowed in. The amateur radio hookup to Grenada provided the first
    news of it."

    AMATEUR RADIO & THE GRENADA INVASION...the real story https://www.monitoringtimes.com/mtsubscriber/mtGrenada_invasion.pdf

    "WASHINGTON -- An American medical student in Grenada, communicating via amateur radio, said today students at the St. George's Medical School
    are in good condition and awaiting evacuation.

    'This is KA2ORK, Mark, we have enough food presently to last us as long
    as we're not here forever,' a report monitored by ham radio operator Ted
    Seely of Alexandria, Va., said at 11 a.m. EDT."

    An American medical student in Grenada, communicating via amateur radio https://www.upi.com/Archives/1983/10/26/An-American-medical-student-in-Grenada-communicating-via-amateur/2974435988800/

    "The spokesman, William Russell, said the commission's Wednesday warning
    to ham operators to stay off unauthorized frequencies was an effort to
    keep those frequencies open for Mark Barettella, a ham operator in
    Grenada who was providing reports on the situation at the St. George's University School of Medicine, where he and some 500 other students from
    the United States were enrolled."

    U.S. DEFENDS WARNING ABOUT GRENADA RADIOS https://www.nytimes.com/1983/10/28/world/us-defends-warning-about-grenada-radios.html

    "Federal Communications Commission officials said yesterday that they
    were reiterating their standing rules Wednesday when they sent an
    advisory to amateur or 'ham' radio operators and commercial broadcasters
    that the amateur frequencies could not be used for active

    FCC Defends Ruling on Ham Radio Use https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1983/10/28/fcc-defends-ruling-on-ham-radio-use/8a9e0aa9-9e52-4aba-b18a-a335564613b8/

    "Student Mark Baratella's continual radio contact with United States and
    his peers' praise of him noted. [BARATELLA - dismisses being hero.]"

    ABC EVENING NEWS FOR 1983-10-27

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