Emergency Communications

Chile Earthquake - Update

The following information has been relayed from Dr. Galdino Besomi, CE3PG, President of the Radio Club de Chile (RCCH) by Jorge Sierra, LU1AS, Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator of Area G in IARU Region 2. The situation in Chile is very complex due to continuing aftershocks in the area. RECNA and RCCH networks are working in coordination with the Army of Chile handling information about locating missing persons, condition of roads and support for the emergency administration.

The frequencies that must be kept clear are: 40 meters: 7050, 7095 , 80 meters: 3738 , 20 meters: 14200 . Other frequencies could be in use, especially in 40 meters. Before using any frequency it`s very important to make sure it`s free.

Chile Earthquake - Update

The following information has been received from Jorge Sierra, LU1AS the IARU Region 2 Emergency Co-Ordinator for Area G. At this time there are several frequencies in 40 meters receiving traffic for to locate people in Chile from stations in both Chile  and Argentina. The most active frequencies are  7050, 7060, 7088, 7095 kHz along with others. Almost all the traffic heard is related  to locating missing persons, but it is not easy  to find  them, because the situation in the small towns near to Santiago is very difficult, they don't  have electricity, telephone lines or cell phones; emergency communications stations are running on batteries.

As can be seen in broadcast news reports, the airport at Santiago is again operative but with some restrictions. The Chilean government has asked other countries in the region not send help until they can review the situation and ask for their exact needs.

Amateur Radio at the rescue after Chile Earthquake

An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale hit Chile at 0634UTC today (27th February). Information is now being received that the local emergency communications group "Red Chilena Nor Austral de Servicio (RECNA)" is active and some emergency communications activities are taking place, mostly with Argentina. Jorge Sierra, LU1AS who is the IARU-R2 Area Emergency Co-Ordinator is asking that the following frequencies are kept clear;

7095, RECNA Control Station Emergency Traffic has also been heard on 7050, 7060 and 7095 with stations trying to contact Chile seeking information about people.

Read more: Amateur Radio at the rescue after Chile Earthquake

Haiti Earthquake - Final

From 1800UTC 22 January the HF frequencies used to respond to the immediate needs of the Haiti Earthquake, 14.300MHz, 14.265MHz , 7.045MHz, 7.065MHz, 7.265MHz, 3.720MHz,  3.977MHz will return to normal use. The groups who have been passing messages on those frequencies will revert to monitoring mode or their normal operations.

There are still a number of radio amateurs in the country attached to various relief groups who may still be heard on the amateur bands on a number of frequencies according to their particular needs to maintain contact with their home countries.

Please maintain the normal procedures of:

  • Listen before transmitting
  • If you hear any station passing emergency traffic then leave the frequency clear and avoid causing QRM.

Thanks to everyone for their assistance during this emergency.

Haiti Earthquake - Update No. 5.

One week after the earthquake in Haiti the number of amateur radio operators in the country is growing in support of the relief effort. Radio Amateurs are reminded that the following frequencies appear to remain in use, 14.300MHz, 14.265MHz , 7.045MHz, 7.065MHz, 7.265MHz, 3.720MHz,  3.977MHz. Radio Club Dominicano have also established a repeater in Jimaní (Dominican Republic) repeater 146.880 -600kHz tone 100Hz covering Dominican Republic Border and Haiti (including Port-Au-Prince). This system is linked with 146.970 -600kHz tone 100Hz covering 85% of the Dominican Republic and the west of Puerto Rico.

Individual groups may be operating on other frequencies apart from the Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies due to national requirements to link back to their home organisations. Emergency traffic is most likely on the frequencies listed above but please listen carefully before transmitting and if you hear a station passing emergency traffic then leave the frequency clear and avoid causing QRM.

News of Amateur radio activities from Haiti is starting to appear in the mainstream media such as this link from CNN.