Emergency Communications

High praise for Radio Club de Chile (RCCH)

As parts of earthquake-hit Chile again this week were shaken by severe aftershocks there has been further news of the role of radio amateurs, including them being a highly sought after reliable source of information. A television news report describes them as a collection of dedicated ham radio operators scattered across the country, proving to be an information lifeline during the recent devastating earthquake, tsunami and its aftermath.

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Chile Earthquake - Final

Dr. Galdino Besomi CE3PG, President of the RCCH and Dr. Cesar Pi Santos HR2P, IARU Emergency Communications Coordinator Region 2 have announced that the frequencies 7.050, 7.095, 3.738 and 14.200 MHz which were in use following the Chile Earthquake are now released from emergency use.

RCCH and IARU Region 2, offer their sincere gratitude to all radio hams worldwide for their understanding and cooperation during this difficult time for the citizens of Chile.

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.

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