Emergency Communications
Canada floods keep hams busy PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for VK3PC   
Monday, 24 June 2013 02:33

Swollen rivers and creeks have caused flooding over a wide swath of the southern part of Alberta in Canada. The government has declared a local emergency for 25 communities, which are in various stages from disaster control to clean-up, which will continue for some time. Evacuations are keeping residents safe although some 1,500 people stranded and many bridges washed away.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) through its ARES groups is providing emergency help and asks that the frequencies of 7.135 MHz and 3.675 MHz be kept clear. The frequencies have been pre-determined with help from the IARU Region 2. There have been reports of some interference this weekend from participants in the ARRL Field Day.

The flood has caused serious issues with the communication infrastructure in southern Alberta. Currently traditional communications are sporadic at best. ARES has deployed its members and at times provided the only communications link.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Commitee.

Radio Amateurs of Cuba - Emergency network activated PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for Cesar Pio Santos HR2P   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:55

Prof. Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reported  heavy rains in the province of Pinar del Rio and  the activation by FRC (Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba)  of their Emergency National Net (CO9DCN) on the frequencies 3720, 3740, 7110 and 7120.
They will appreciate your collaboration in keeping the frequencies above clear.

73, Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P EMCOR R2

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 23:40

The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts officially on 1st June and many predictions indicate an above average number of storms this year.

Amateur Radio continues to play a part in gathering and distributing information for the weather and emergency services each year and Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded that the following frequencies may be in use by nets in North and Central America to track and deal with the consequences of these severe weather events. It is possible for Region 1 amateurs to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please listen carefully if operating near these frequencies:

Caribbean Emergency & Weather Nets: 7.162 & 3.815 MHz
Eastern Caribbean Narrow Band Emergency System Net: 7.036 MHz USB (Olivia & MT63)
Caribbean Emergency: 14.185 MHz
Republica Dominicana: 7.065 & 3.780 MHz
Cuba: 7.045, 7.080, 7.110, and 3.740 MHz
Central America: 7.090 & 3.750 MHz
Nicaragua: 7.098 MHz
Guatemala: 7.075 MHz
Panama: 7.085 MHz
Mexico: 7.060 & 3.690 MHz

Maritime Mobile Service Net: 14.300 MHz
Hurricane Watch Net: 14.325 MHz
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN): 14.265 MHz

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

All ready for GAREC 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by G0DUB for VK3PC   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 00:30

The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC) is on June 25-27 in Zurich, Switzerland, timed to precede HAM RADIO, Europe's largest Amateur Radio gathering in Friedrichshafen, Germany on June 28-30.

The GAREC 2013 is part of Switzerland's Convention of Amateur Radio Emergency Communication.

Held annually since 2005 GAREC it is an opportunity for emergency communicators to discuss recent events, technical solutions to problems and how to find cooperation with professional partners.

While GAREC 2013 will primarily focus on Amateur Radio emergency communication in Europe, all radio amateurs who are interested in providing public service via Amateur Radio are invited.

The topics include the relevance of Amateur Radio Emergency Communication in the First World and the HAMNET high speed data network, presentations from the IARU regions plus those with recent disaster relief communications operations.

Registration is due by May 20. Those attending HAM RADIO after GAREC, transportation to Friedrichshafen will be provided for a fee. For more information visit the GAREC 2013 website.

China's earthquake - update #3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman of the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee   
Monday, 22 April 2013 08:05

The rescue and relief efforts after Saturday's southwest China Ya'an earthquake is continuing with the number of lives lost officially at 188 people, 25 are missing and 11,460 injured.

While radio amateurs continue to help with relief efforts, Fan Bin BA1RB says that public communication is back to normal in the disaster area. He said the CRSA/CRAC no longer required 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz as emergency communication frequencies. It expressed thanks for the support from IARU member societies and others during the disaster.

It rained in the earthquake area last night. Effective traffic control has been very important to transport tents, water, foods and medicines into the area. The rural communities around Ya'an city are along the same seismic fault where the Great Sichuan Earthquake killed more than 90,000 people five years ago, in one of China\'s worst natural disasters. The latest earthquake on Saturday left tens of thousands of people in tents or cars, unable to return home or too afraid to go back as aftershocks continued. Badly hit Lushan County is now a large refugee camp, with tents set up and volunteers providing meals.


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