Emergency Communications

IARU Emergency Telecommunications Guide - Translations

The IARU emergency telecommunications guide was developed to provide materials suitable for training Radio Amateurs to participate in emergency events and guidance to the individual amateur radio operator who wants to improve their ability to participate in such events or to simply have a better understanding of the process.

Originally produced in English , Radio Amateurs around the world have worked hard to translate the 94 page document into their local languages. So far translations are available in the following languages;

Portuguese by Luiz Fernando Pesce PU2LXN

Spanish by EA1CI EA2BB EA3HUL EB3DGZ EA4GQB and EA8AWK.

and Romanian in HTTP and PDF formats by Francisc Grünberg, YO4PX

It is hoped that these translations will improve the knowledge of Radio Amateurs in Emergency Communications and hopefully this process will be repeated for other languages.

Our thanks to all the translators for their hard work in making this information more accessible to everyone.

Super Typhoon in Philippines South East

The alerts are out as a powerful late-season typhoon Nock-ten (Nina local name), with PARA activating the Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) as it is to make landfall.

Roberto Vicencio DU1VHY reports the effects are being felt in the south eastern portion of the Philippines with Typhoon Cyclone Warning Signals raised in the Southern Luzon and the Bicol Region.

The HERO network is using 7.095 MHz nationally while each local club is on the 2-metre band.

Authorities have urged hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes on coastal areas with winds up to 240 kph, but the typhoon was expected to weaken over land.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration forecast a storm surge in parts of the country, along with heavy rains and flooding.

The typhoon was projected to weaken as it passed over the central area including the capital Manila.

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

Caribbean Tropical Storm Otto

The following information has been received from Cesar Pio Santos HR2P about preparations for Tropical Storm Otto.

The storm is threatening Nicaragua and Costa Rica through the remainder of this week. The Nicaraguan Government has raised the alert level for parts of the country to prepare for the storm and the Radio Experimenters Club of Nicaragua (CREN) is also activating their National Emergency Network on the following frequencies;

7098 Main Frequency
7105 Alternate Frequency
3798 Primary Frequency
3805 Alternate Frequency
146,520 Simplex

The Radio Club of Costa Rica is also activating their Network on 7080kHz as an emergency frequency starting at 00:00 UTC 23 November.

Radio Amateurs are requested to listen carefully before transmitting and avoid causing QRM to emergency traffic on those frequencies.

New Zealand Earthquake - 13 Nov (Final)

The deep seated major earthquake of magnitude 7.5 quake that struck the South Island of New Zealand on Monday still has people cut off from road transport due to massive slips and damage.

IARU Region 3 Director, Don Wallace ZL2TLL reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Communications National Director Jeff Sayer ZL4JS advises that AREC offered its services, but were not needed as the civil infrastructure was coping well.

AREC served well during the Christchurch earthquake of 2011, and the latest tremor brought back memories to many of that disaster.

Graphic pictures of roads cut, landslides, rail track dislodged and building damaged in the mostly rural area show the effects of the 'quake, with some seismologists predicting it was possible to have further earthquakes.

– Jim Linton VK3PC, IARU Region 3 Chairman, Disaster Communications Committee.

New Zealand Earthquake - 13 Nov

A strong 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand at 1103UTC 13 November ( just after Midnight local time ) causing damage and local tsunami alerts, mainly for the East coast of the country.

The local emergency communications group AREC part of NZART are believed to have been operating on their normal frequency of 3.900MHz USB.

Initial media reports are of property damage over a wide area but the situation will not become clear until daybreak and the end of the possible Tsunami threat.

Radio Amateurs in the area with allocations around 3.900 MHz are encouraged to listen carefully and avoid QRM to any ongoing work by AREC.