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Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference - 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 January 2013 23:45

The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC) is the premier annual event attended by those with an interest in amateur radio providing emergency communications during training exercises or in response to disasters.  Since it was first held in 2005, the conference has taken place in all three IARU regions and is open to all emergency communications groups.

In 2013 GAREC returns to IARU Region 1 and will be held in Zurich, Switzerland between 25th to 28th June. The conference has been timed to precede Europe's largest amateur radio exhibition, HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen so that people can enjoy both events.

General information on GAREC 2013 including information on the venue, registration fees and the tentative agenda and the registration forms is now available on http://www.garec2013.ch/ . This website will be updated frequently to keep all updated with the latest news and program changes. For more information you may also email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Among the draft topics to be discussed are the relevance of Amateur Radio Emergency Communication in the '1st World', the HAMNET high speed data network along with presentations from the three regions of the IARU and also some presentations from groups with recent disaster relief communications operations.

The past presentations from the conferences including GAREC 2012, are now available at http://www.iaru.org/garec.html

 
Tasmanian Bushfire Disaster PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 January 2013 11:30

WICEN Tasmania (South), assisted by other trained southern region radio amateurs, is providing 24 hour support for firefighting activities as several fires continue to burn.

At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people are left stranded. Towns on the devastated Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea.

WICEN Tasmania (South) Secretary, Roger Nichols VK7ARN said teams of two radio operators for the Incident Management Team based at Tasmania Fire Service Cambridge, are concerned primarily with two of the major fires. "These are fires on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. Both of these and several others are still fast moving at this time," said Roger VK7ARN.

 
Another storm disaster ends in the Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:09

Spare a thought for those who spent a nervous, very wet and windy Christmas period as Tropical Storm Quinta went through the south of the Philippines, in areas trying to recover from Typhoon Bopha earlier in the month.

Activated during the storm was the Philippines Amateur Radio Association emergency net on 7.095 MHz and VHF, to handle emergency and welfare traffic. A request to keep the HF frequency clear was issued by PARA’s Vice Chief Operating Officer, Ramon J. Anquilan DU1UGZ. The emergency had passed and he expressed many thanks on behalf of PARA for use of the frequency.

Among those involved in the emergency were members of the PARA-affiliated club, The District 5 Radio Amateur Network DX5RAN. They were kept busy coordinating much needed pre-emptive evacuations in Tacloban City and elsewhere alongside the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Other radio amateurs were also involved in the overall emergency.

Landslides occurred in the Visayas, Southern Leyte and Eastern Samar areas. There were more than 5,800 ferry passengers stranded with fishermen told not to venture out.

The archipelago has numerous severe weather events each year. Typhoon Bopha which made landfall over Mindanao on December the 2nd ripped through the southern provinces killing 1,067 people, leaving hundreds missing and many more homeless.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, with Ramon J. Anquilan DU1UGZ, PARA Vice Chief Operating Officer)

 
Phillipines activates emergency net PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 December 2012 12:06

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Inc. has activated its emergency net to deal with whatever contingencies that may arise due to typhoon Quinta making landfall by tomorrow Dec 26. As of the moment the typhoon is situated some 60 kilometers east of Guiuian Eastern Samar. It packs a 65 to 90 kph gustiness near the center.

Please advise all operators to stand clear from the calling frequency of 7.095 MHz plus minus QRM. We will be using the frequency until we stand down from our emergency net and return to normal operations.

First off the information thread, Nathan Eamiguel, DU5AOK, has relayed that the City of Tacloban has ordered a forced preemptive evacuation of Barangay Palanog and other low-lying areas in Tacloban City as of 5:20 PM local time.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Ramon J. Anquilan, DU1UG
Vice COO, PARA

 
Hams ready as typhoon strikes twice. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 December 2012 13:54

The powerful Typhoon Bopha that killed at least 600 people and left many missing in southern Philippines last week, made an unexpected U-turn to hit the northern part of the archipelago.

Active during both disasters were the planned ham radio networks, organised through the national IARU society, the Philippines Amateur Radio Association(PARA). When the typhoon was first seen on the weather radar heading for the southern island of Mindanao, PARA was hosting its 80th birthday celebrations in Manila. Almost immediately it asked for the nets to be activated on VHF and for long haul traffic 7095 kHz, echo-link and Facebook.

What unfolded was an outstanding effort for the amateur radio community that included evacuations of riverside and low-lying communities and coordination of rescues including those at sea. The networks played an important coordination role in the south with the Disaster Response Team of the Philippine Red Cross, Delta Fire Volunteers, and the Coastguard.

Among the action was DX5RAN, the District 5 Radio Amateur Network. That net worked with the City Government of Tacloban and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council. There were many other radio amateurs involved. Rescuers there were faced with rocks, mudslides and rubble where houses once stood. More than 1,000 were injured and about 370,000 are in temporary shelter areas.

The Philippines is counting its huge economic losses in the south, including the loss of valuable export banana plantations at Mindanao. Humanitarian agencies estimate 5.4 million people affected by the typhoon urgently need food, drinkable water and shelter after Bopha wiped out 90 per cent of houses in the worst-hit towns in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

In the north last weekend the typhoon did a U-turn, and although downgraded to a tropical storm hit a country already having 16 severe weather incidents in the past year. The emergency nets of PARA were again active as heavy rains and wind came ashore at North Luzon.

The Vice Chief Operating Officer of PARA, Ramon J. Anquilan DU1UGZ, said both nets were now closed.

He thanked the worldwide community for their assistance in coordinating the activities so that the calling frequency was not burdened by superfluous transmissions.

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

 
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