Emergency Communications

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.

Cuba - Hurricane Michael

In preparation for the effects of Hurricane Michael on Cuba, the Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs are activating their emergency nets on the 40 and 80 meter bands.

Frequencies in use until further notice will be

40 meters primary 7110 kHz
40 meters secondary 7120 kHz
80 meters primary 3740 kHz
80 meters secondary 3720 kHz

Operation is foreseen to be on SSB voice and digital modes as required and the co-operation of other radio amateurs is requested in keeping these frequencies QRM free.

Indonesia Earthquakes and Tsunami

A sequence of earthquakes and a tsunami in the Indonesian areas of Donggala and Palu on 28th September have left hundreds of people dead and many more injured. Dani Halim, YB2TJV, as the new IARU R3 Disaster Communication Coordinator reports, Amateur Radio Operators in Indonesia immediately activated to respond to the disaster unfolding in Central Sulawesi Province.

Following the magnitude 7.7 earthquake at 17:02 Local Time (11:02 am UTC), electricity, cellular and all communication facilities in the area are cut off. Communications have been established from the Luwuk Disaster Management Agency located 700 km from the epicenter of the Earthquake with YD8MII (Net Control) and YC8OBM to get information on landslides occurring in the area and that communications routes were blocked. Many photos and videos now circulating on social media, show the enormity of the earthquake.

The Indonesian National Society ORARI immediately established an Emergency Net on 7.110 MHz and also activated the Lapan-Orari IO-86 satellite as a back up.

Communications have now been established with YB8NT and YB8PR in Palu who are using mobile stations.Due to QRM on 7.110MHz though, a second net has been set up on 7.065 MHz.

ORARI asks that they are given room to use 7.110 MHz and 7.065 MHz since this earthquake is could be worse than the one in Lombok in the end of August please allow them a QRM free space to complete their work.