Welcome to the Putnam Emergency and Amateur Repeater League (PEARL) web site. PEARL is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit corporation of licensed amateur radio operators. Most members live in and around Putnam County, New York. In 1979, when PEARL was formed, it had a specific set of goals in mind. These goals remain in effect to this day. They are:

  1. To encourage and support public service.
  2. To provide common coverage north and south over Putnam ridges.
  3. To establish constant blanket coverage for commuters.
  4. To establish emergency service: ARES and RACES
  5. To educate and train amateurs and future amateurs.
  6. To establish a technical fraternity to help each other.
  7. To enjoy friendship and life.
  8. To present and promote amateur radio to the community.
  9. To cooperate with like-minded neighboring organizations.


Many PEARL members join ARES and RACES to provide emergency communicators for the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services. PEARL also provides communicators for the New York State Police (Pumpkin Patrol), the Putnam County Visitors Bureau (Tri 'n Du, Tour de Putnam), and other organizations. While this article does not describe PEARL in action, it is a good example of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. The PEARL general membership meeting is held on the third Wednesday of the month from 7PM-9PM at the Putnam County Training and Operation Center (TOPS) 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512 Here are some recent news events about PEARL. The publication date and headline are shown. Select the headline for the full article. Oct. 04, 2012 For those unemployed - from Rix K2AVP Nov. 30, 2011 PEARL News Now Operational