Emergency Communications

Global Simulated Emergency Test (GlobalSET) - 14 Nov 2009

More than 200 stations representing IARU member societies and Emergency Communications Groups in 45 countries around the world are set to take part in the latest Global Simulated Emergency Test. They will take to the air on Saturday 14 November 1800-2200 UTC on or near the emergency centre of activity frequencies on the 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 metre bands.

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Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference 2010

This is the first announcement of the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) which will return to IARU Region 2 and be held on CURAÇAO, Netherlands Antilles on October 11-12 2010. The Theme of the Conference will be: "Learning through practicing" and the event is being organized in cooperation with DARES and VERONA.

More details will be announced as they become available on the GAREC web site where you will also find the presentations, statements and pictures from the previous events.

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IARU and USKA represented at CEPT Conference 2009

In a joint effort IARU Region 1 and USKA represented the interests of amateur radio at the 15th CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations) conference held in Montreux, Switzerland on 21st and 22nd October 2009.

The conference brought together 124 registered participants from 27 countries drawn from Regulators, Industry bodies and outside observers to share information on Spectrum Management, regulation and future networks. The conference also celebrated the 50th anniversary of CEPT and highlighted the changes taking place in the way CEPT carries out its work in future. One way in which things may positively change is a desire of CEPT to improve arrangements for external participation and particularly to develop engagement with industry, acedemia and consumer groups.

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Global Simulated Emergency Test - 14 November 2009

The next Global Simulated Emergency Test ( GlobalSET ) is scheduled for the 14th of November between 1800 and 2200 hours UTC. The time of each exercise changes to allow more stations to participate from around the world as well as recognising that emergencies can happen at any time.

This is an exercise between stations interested in emergency communications and is not a contest. Activity will be concentrated around the IARU Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies which are now incorporated in bandplans around the world.

The details of the exercise will be published on the IARU Region 1 website (www.iaru-r1.org) under the Emergency Communications Working Group section of the site.

Ham radio supports disaster response

A severe tropical storm in The Phillipines and earthquakes in Indonesia have seen radio amateurs providing emergency communications and other relief and recovery assistance. Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) President, Dr Joey Panganiban DU1BP reports that a tropical storm named 'Ondoy' hit the Philippines five days ago creating a tragic calamity with hams swinging into action to help.

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