Emergency Communications

Christchurch Earthquake - Region 3 Information

The Following information has been received from Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

"Hours ahead face rescuers following the devastating, shallow 6.3 on the Richter scale earthquake which struck the heavily populated business area of Greater Christchurch in New Zealand.

There are initial reports of 17 deaths in the second quake to hit since September last year. Under normal arrangements members of the AREC will find their services in use again. Reports are expected.

Indonesian disasters - update report 7 November 2010

As the dual natural disasters of an erupting volcano and the aftermath of a Tsunami continue, ORARI (Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia) has advised how its members are providing emergency communications.

ORARI International Affairs Coordinator, Wisnu Widjaja YB0AZ said, "Our members are still working in the field at Mount Merapi Eruption disaster and Mentawai Tsunami. We are working on the 2-metre band and HF is 7.065MHz."

He asks that the 40m frequency and the IARU Region 3 Emergency Centre of Activity Frequencies be kept clear from regular use. 

Tomas through the Carribean

As Hurricane 'Tomas' leaves a trail of destruction in its path and continues to pose serious further threats, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, WX4NHC is activating on HF and an EchoLink/IRLP station.

The Hurricane Watch Net will be using 14.325 MHz, with secondary frequencies of 7.268 MHz and 3.950 MHz ± QRM. EchoLink 'WX-Talk' Conference Room and IRLP node 9219 will also be monitored.

WX4NHC will also monitor the Citizen Weather Observer Program reports and automated weather stations. The volunteer manned station has operated at the National Hurricane Centre for the past 30 years.

IARU Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK reports that the Cuban Amateur Radio Federation is operating hurricane nets in advance of Tomas on 7045 day-time and 3737 night-time.

Reports from radio amateurs indicate widespread damage to power lines and homes across Barbados and St Vincent, and St Lucia had been badly affected too.

Tomas having done its damage in the Windward Island is now in the Caribbean Sea, with concerns it may reach Haiti, still recovering from a devastating earthquake that struck in January.

Communication support for dual disasters in Indonesia

Following two natural disasters, an earthquake triggered tsunami, and separately an erupting volcano, radio amateurs are providing their help as the enormous response effort continues.

ORARI (Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia) International Affairs Coordinator, Wisnu Widjaja YB0AZ has provided initial information about the involvement of radio hams in the dual disasters that hit the Indonesian archipelago this week. He said that the ORARI Communication and Rescue Task Force has joined the team of the Disaster Management of Directorate General Post and Telecommunications, Ministry of Communication and Informatics Republic of Indonesia.

Thai radio amateurs provide emergency help

The worst flooding in decades in part of Thailand caused by heavy monsoon rain over the past two weeks has claimed at least 56 lives and affecting 940,000 homes in 32 provinces.

The Bangkok Post newspaper has reported that amateur radio operators in Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum are helping authorities coordinate rescue and relief efforts.