Emergency Communications

Emergency Communications Meeting — Friedrichshafen 2019

The 44th HamRadio Exhibition at Friedrichshafen attracted 14300 visitors, among them around 27 Emergency Communicators from 14 countries who attended the IARU meeting for Emergency Communicators on Friday 21st June.

After the introduction and Region 1 report, there were interesting presentations followed by a good exchange of information in an Open Forum session which carried on beyond the official closing time of the meeting.

Mike SP9XWM and Cris SP7WME spoke about the use of new technology in exercises in Poland. There was then an Open Discussion on what use we could make of Satellites and other new modes for Emergency Communications. Discussing Low Earth Orbit as well as Geostationary satellites, HF conditions and weak signal message modes ( e.g. JS8call ).

Alberto IK1YLO spoke about the NEIFLEX ( North East Italian Flood Exercise ) European Exercise of 5/9 June 2018 followed by an update on their national DMR project. Ron 4X1IG presented on how emergency communications as being grown in Israel by using a ‘Contest as a drill’.

Oliver DL7TNY provided an introduction to AREDN data networks which got many attendees to look at the networks in practice on the DARCstand in the main hall.

An Open Forum was then followed by a short exercise on how we may respond to a power grid failure.

The presentations where possible are available at the bottom of this page with the content being the opinion of the presenters.

The next Ham Radio on the Bodensee is on June 26 – 28 2020 and will include another emergency comms meeting.

Hurricane Lorenzo - Azores

As hurricane Lorenzo approaches the Azores the emergency network has been activated.
Amateur Radios will be active with the Government and emergency response teams.
Local analog and DMR repeaters, both in VHF and UHF, satellites and HF.
We ask all stations to give way for emergency traffic coming in and out of the Azores islands (CU, CQ8, CR8, CS8 and CT8 prefixes).


VHF – Priority Communication Systems (Repeaters) – Faial Island
1 – VHF Repeater (R0) (Cabeço Gordo): 145,600; Shift: -600 kHz; Tone: 123 Hz (coverage Faial Island, Pico and S.Jorge)
2 – VHF (R7) repeater (Pico Verde): 145,775; Shift: -600 kHz; Tone: 123 Hz (west side cover Faial island)
3 – UHF Repeater (Cabeço Gordo): 438,800; Shift: -7.6 MHz; Tone: 123 Hz
4 – Alternative: direct frequency 145,500

UHF – DMR Digital Repeater
DMR Repeater – Faial Island (east side coverage of Faial Island and west of Pico Island)
RX Frequency: 438.300 TX Frequency: 430.700 MHz
Slot2 – TG 26867 (Faial)
Slot1 – TG268 for outdoor communications

HF – Inter-Island Links
1 – 80 meters – 3,760.00 MHz. – 3,770.00 MHz. – 3,750.00 MHz. (Inter-islands)
2 – 40 meters – 7,110.00 MHz. – 7,100.00 MHz. – 7,060.00 MHz. (Inter-island)
3 – 20 meters – 14,300.00 MHz. – 14,310.00 MHz. – 14,320.00 MHz. (Communications with the outside)

Courtesy Carlos Nora - CT1END

Emergency Communications meeting at HamRadio 2019

21-23 June brings the largest gathering of Radio Amateurs in Europe and also the largest gathering of Emergency Communicators at HAMRADIO 2019 in Friedrichshafen. IARU Region 1 will be hosting a meeting for Radio Amateurs interested in Emergency Communications in Room Rom on Friday 21st June starting at 1200 local time with the following preliminary programme ( times may change ).

1200-1215 Greg G0DUB Welcome and short Region 1 report.

1215-1240 Mike SP9XWM and Cris SP7WME - Polish use of new technology in exercises

1240-1300 Open Discussion - What use can we make of Satellites and other new modes for Emergency Communications. Discussing Low Earth Orbit as well as Geostationary satellites, HF conditions and weak signal message modes ( e.g. JS8call ).

1300-1330 Alberto IK1YLO - Film : 6 minutes about NEIFLEX ( North East Italian Flood Exercise ) European Exercise of 5/9 June 2018 followed by
an update on their national DMR project.

1330-1340 Ron 4X1IG - 'Contest as a drill'

1340-1400 Oliver DL7TNY - Introduction to AREDN data networks

1400-1430 Open Forum. Any remaining questions and guidance for new groups.

1430-1530 Greg G0DUB - How would we respond to a power grid failure. A short exercise.

The Working language for this meeting will be English.

Indonesian Tsunami - 22nd December 2018

Dani YB2TJV, the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Co-Ordinator reports that Amateur Radio is active in the response to the tsunami that happened on Dec 22nd, around 2130 local time.

Hundreds of people been killed or injured after the tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait with hundreds of buildings damaged. The Indonesian Government says the possible cause of the tsunami was undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted.

The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean. The deaths were reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions. The disaster management agency warned that the death toll is likely to rise further, adding that high seas as a result of the full moon may also have contributed to the strength of the waves.

Radio Amaters in Banten Province, have already taken positions to support Emergency communications needs,

The emergency frequency for VHF will be announced soon, but for HF as usual Orari will use 7.110 MHz. Please stay clear of that frequency if there is a chance you may cause QRM to their operations.

Emergency Comms Activities in Region 1 - Oct 13/14

October 13/14 is a busy weekend in IARU Region 1 with two major exercises and at least one emergency happening.

In Oman Younis A41MA reports that as Tropical Storm Luban heads towards Oman and Yemen the National Committee of Civil Defence has deployed resources to the South of the country ready to deal with the flooding predicted to hit the area. An initial four amateur radio volunteers are present to help provide links to any isolated locations. This operation is initially on VHF but HF is ready to be used if required. Storms in this area generally go under-reported but are just as severe as other disasters with the previous two tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea claiming nearly 300 lives.

In Spain their 'Field Day 2018' exercise takes place today ( 13th October ) with a focus on Net Control activities. HF is expected to be in use on 7110, 7145, 7175 and 14315kHz. Winlink and VHF/DMR will also be used. Full details are available at https://emergencias.ure.es/field-day-2018/ .

Finally Radio Amateurs in Romania are participating in an European Community Exercise in their country. ModEx 2018 will call for the use of 3710 and 7130kHz along with VHF/DMR, full information is at https://www.radioamator.ro/info.php?id=795 .

All exercises and actual emergencies should be expected to identify as 'emergency exercise' or 'exercise' on the air. When these events are watched by representatives from our Administrations it is important that Amateur Radio is seen positively so please allow the operators room to operate.