Emergency Communications

Emergency Communications Activities at Friedrichshafen 2016

24-26 June beings the largest gathering of Radio Amateurs in Europe and also the largest gathering of Emergency Communicators at HAMRADIO 2016 in Friedrichshafen. IARU Region 1 will be hosting a meeting for Radio Amateurs interested in Emergency Communications in Room Rom on Friday 24th June between 1200-1500 local time with the following preliminary programme ( times may change ).

1200-1245 Reports from the IARU regional Emergency Communications Co-Ordinators
1245-1345 Open forum for National Co-Ordinators to report on activities in their countries.
1345-1415 GlobalSET Report and ideas for this year
1415-1445 Open forum on changes to the IARU Emergency Message Procedure
1445-1500 Close and discuss Friedrichshafen next year.

The Working language for this meeting will be English.

On 25th June between 1000-1400 the DARC will be holding their fourth 'Notfunk Universitaet' in Room London. This 'University' will cover a wide range of topics including Crisis Preparedness in Lucerne, Emergency Communications Scenarios and the structure of the THW Short Wave network in Bavaria.

The working language for the Notfunk Universitaet will be German and more information will be available from DARC shortly.

Ecuador Earthquake 16th April 2016

Cesar Pio Santos HR2P reports that following the Ecuador Earthquake on 16th April, an emergency net has formed on 7060kHz LSB for passing messages between Ecuador Radio Amateurs in the most affected areas. Stations in adjacent countries are also monitoring that frequency ready to provide assistance if required.

While Echolink nodes had been the initial source of information from some areas, it is understood some nodes have now been turned off due to energy saving measures.

Radio Amateurs with propagation to South America are requested to keep 7060kHz clear.

Sources: HR2P, OA4BSA, OA4CLU

Emergency Communications Exercise in Portugal - 17 April

Radio Amateurs in Portugal belonging to the Emergency Communications Group REP-SCERA will be taking part in a Civil Protection exercise on 17th April between 0800 - 1200 UTC. The exercise will focus on VHF/UHF frequencies in the Lisbon area but HF will also be used to establish a nationwide communications network, including the Azores.

The IARU Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies 7110 and 14300kHz are expected to be the primary HF frequencies used in this event.

Sources: CT1END, EA9CD

Exercise Gamma Sur 4-7 April 2016

A major emergency exercise started on 4th April in Spain. Exercise Gamma Sur will simulate an earthquake striking north of the City of Seville followed by a further earthquake in the area of Ceuta.

The exercise scenario will simulate many failures of infrastructure such as buildings, dams and communications as it grows from a Regional to a National Emergency. Radio Amateurs will play a part in the exercise as it develops and EMCOM SPAIN and REMER are both taking part. They are expecting to utilise the Winlink system to send data files also frequencies in the areas of the IARU Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies to confirm the flow of messages on the data system. The scenario will call for the total failure of normal communications at some point.

More information will be posted as the exercise develops but please be aware that there may be increased activity around the CoA frequencies.

UPDATE - Amateur Radio involvement in the exercise starts today ( 6th ), expected that 40m Emergency CoA will be in use.

The exercise will close on 7th April.

Earthquake in Taiwan

An earthquake measuring 6.4 has hit Taiwan, and caused buildings to collapse.

HARTS has received a weak voice signal from the CTARL Taiwan that asks that the following frequencies be kept clear.

HF frequencies used in Taiwan are voice: Main is 7.060 MHz with backup 7.050MHz and 3.560 MHz. Short range frequencies are on VHF and UHF.

At least four buildings have collapsed in the south of the island. Dozens of residents are reported to be trapped in the city of Tainan, those houses nearly two million people.

Tremors were felt in the capital Taipei, on the other side of the island, and aftershocks were felt.

Taiwan lies in the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ and in 2013, four people were killed in a 6.3-magnitude quake.

-Jim Linton VK3PC, IARU Chairman Disaster Communications Committee.