Emergency Communications

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2009

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially runs from 1st June to 30 November each year and Amateur Radio plays a part in gathering and distributing information for the weather and emergency services each year. On average there are six hurricanes and two 'major' hurricanes each season which can cause major loss of life or property damage through the Caribbean. 

Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded that the following frequencies may be in use by nets in North America to track and deal with the consequences of these severe weather events. Although we are still at the bottom of the Sunspot cycle it is still possible for Region 1 amateurs to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please listen carefully if operating near these frequencies.

14.300 MHz is used by the Maritime Mobile Service Net daily and as well as handling traffic from Maritime Mobile Stations, also gathers weather reports from maritime stations to assist forecasters.

14.325 MHz is used by the Hurricane Watch Net and the net is established whenever it appears that a storm may affect the US mainland. The net gathers weather information and links to the American National Hurricane Centre.

Finally, 14.265 MHz is used by the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio  Network ( SATERN )  provides Health and Welfare traffic links for those in affected areas as well as supporting the Salvation Army Disaster relief response should a hurricane strike.

Local emergency communications groups may also activate if a hurricane approaches their area and those frequencies would be announced at the time.

Honduras Earthquake - 7090 back to normal

Dr Cesar Pio Santos HR2P the IARU Emergency Communications Coordinator reports that 7090 is not likely to be used for emergency communications in association with the Honduras Earthquake. Thanks to everyone for their cooperation.

Honduras earthquake

HondurasAt 08:24:45 UTC today (Thursday, May 28, 2009) an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hit by the shore of Honduras.  Initial reports from Dr. Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P, IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator report no mayor damages however Region 2 kindly asks to give priority to emergency traffic if you find it on our bands, especially around 7,090 MHz. Read more on http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009heak.php#details

Italian Earthquake update - 11th April

Alberto IK1YLO received a phone call from Dipartimento della Protezione Civile at 20:00 UTC 10 April stating that the use of HF for emergency communications was being closed down and all activities were being transferred to L'Aquila. The transfer was to be completed by the morning of 11 April.

Monitoring the frequency today there do not appear to be any other emergency groups using the frequency over the last 24 hours so it is appropriate to return it to normal use and let normal amateur procedures apply,

- Listen before transmitting.

- If you hear any station passing emergency traffic then leave the frequency clear and avoid causing QRM.

Thanks to all stations for their assistance and support.

RAI television report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq8JLqf5_Bo

Italian Earthquake update 10 April

A summary of the latest information from Alberto IK1YLO:

It is expected that volunteer activities from a wide range of organisations will continue in L'Aquila for several months from now as the community rebuilds. To manage this response volunteers will be changed every week, working there from Saturday to Saturday and currently it is reported 10000 volunteers are involved. A large number of Amateur Radio responders are still present from the different emergency communications groups in the country.