Emergency Communications

Qinghai province earthquake report #1

The following information has been received from Jim Linton VK3PC, IARU Region 3 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator.

The Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) has asked that the frequencies of 7050kKHz and 7060kHz be kept clear for emergency ham radio communications following a devastating earthquake in Yu Shu district, Qinghai province. A number of radio amateurs are already active in supporting the rescue and recovery efforts including BG9UA, BG9UP and BG9UO.

The emergency communication team of Anhui amateur radio society, led by Mr Du BG6CEV was flying to Qinghai today (15 April) to bring communication equipment. The earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale occurred on the morning of Tuesday has left 589 people dead, nearly 10,000 injured and 10,000 families needing to be resettled due to 99% of houses damaged.

Yu Shu located in a plateau with temperatures fall to -5 degrees (minus five degrees) making conditions bad for those without shelter as well as hampering rescue efforts. Water, electricity and other facilities are cut.

(Report provided by Fan Bin BA1RB, CRSA Coordinator of the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Conmmittee via Jim Linton VK3PC)

Global Simulated Emergency Tests - 2010

The dates for the Global Simulated Emergency Tests in 2010 have been set as:

  • 15th May 2010 0400-0800 UTC
  • 13th November 2010 1100-1500 LOCAL TIME

The timing for the event is planned to change in November to reduce the possibility of interference between IARU Regions as propagation conditions improve.Other changes may be introduced following the GAREC conference in October. Rules and lists of participating stations in the event will be available on the IARU Region 1 website at http://bit.ly/1tritU . Please check frequently for updates.

High praise for Radio Club de Chile (RCCH)

As parts of earthquake-hit Chile again this week were shaken by severe aftershocks there has been further news of the role of radio amateurs, including them being a highly sought after reliable source of information. A television news report describes them as a collection of dedicated ham radio operators scattered across the country, proving to be an information lifeline during the recent devastating earthquake, tsunami and its aftermath.

Chile Earthquake - Final

Dr. Galdino Besomi CE3PG, President of the RCCH and Dr. Cesar Pi Santos HR2P, IARU Emergency Communications Coordinator Region 2 have announced that the frequencies 7.050, 7.095, 3.738 and 14.200 MHz which were in use following the Chile Earthquake are now released from emergency use.

RCCH and IARU Region 2, offer their sincere gratitude to all radio hams worldwide for their understanding and cooperation during this difficult time for the citizens of Chile.

Chile Earthquake - Update

The following information has been relayed from Dr. Galdino Besomi, CE3PG, President of the Radio Club de Chile (RCCH) by Jorge Sierra, LU1AS, Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator of Area G in IARU Region 2. The situation in Chile is very complex due to continuing aftershocks in the area. RECNA and RCCH networks are working in coordination with the Army of Chile handling information about locating missing persons, condition of roads and support for the emergency administration.

The frequencies that must be kept clear are: 40 meters: 7050, 7095 , 80 meters: 3738 , 20 meters: 14200 . Other frequencies could be in use, especially in 40 meters. Before using any frequency it`s very important to make sure it`s free.