Emergency Communications

GAREC 2009 a success

The fifth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference, GAREC-2009, hosted by the Japan Amateur Radio League in conjunction with their Ham Fair took place on 24-25 August attended by 29 representatives from 14 countries. The event provided an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and practical experiences with other emergency communications groups.

Special Event Station TC17A in memory of the 1999 Izmit, Turkey Earthquake

On Sunday, 16 August around 16:00 UTC a Special Event Station with the call sign TC17A will participate in the Memorial Event for the tragic earthquake, which occurred in the town and region of Izmit (Turkey) on  17 August 1999.  The event will be attended by representatives of the countries that provided international assistance following this disaster 10 years ago. In recognition of their key role in emergency communications, the Turkish IARU Member Society, TRAC, has been invited to be part of the official program with a Special Event Station and with two of their emergency communication vehicles.

Use of 3760 in Poland - Back to normal

There is still a risk of flooding in the South West of Poland but currently the Public Communications systems are operating normally so it is appropriate to return 3760 to normal use with the normal procedures of;

  • Listen before transmitting
  • If you hear any station passing emergency traffic then leave the frequency clear and avoid causing QRM. Polish stations make use of the /D suffix to indicate emergency working and this should help in case of any language difficulties.

Thanks to all stations for their assistance and support.

Possible emergency use of 3760 kHz in Poland

Following recent flooding in the South-Western part of Poland, and a continuing flood threat to the region. The DASR emergency group (http://www.dasr.za.pl/) is reporting that 3760 kHz may be used for emergency communication. Please, keep this frequency clear for emergency traffic. Further updates will be posted as they are received. 

Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference 2009

The Fifth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will be held on 24 – 25 August 2009, in connection with the Tokyo Ham Fair at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Tokyo Japan hosted by The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL).

The Theme of the GAREC-2009 will be “Emergency Communications across Borders”. The program will include presentations about operations during disasters that occurred since last year's conference and discussions about new developments in technology and their application in emergency communications. All Amateur Radio Operators interested in Emergency Communications are invited to participate.

More information on the event can be found on the GAREC website where participants can also register for the event.  Information on the venue and accommodation is available from the JARL website.