Emergency Communications

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.

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2009

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially runs from 1st June to 30 November each year and Amateur Radio plays a part in gathering and distributing information for the weather and emergency services each year. On average there are six hurricanes and two 'major' hurricanes each season which can cause major loss of life or property damage through the Caribbean. 

Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded that the following frequencies may be in use by nets in North America to track and deal with the consequences of these severe weather events. Although we are still at the bottom of the Sunspot cycle it is still possible for Region 1 amateurs to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please listen carefully if operating near these frequencies.

14.300 MHz is used by the Maritime Mobile Service Net daily and as well as handling traffic from Maritime Mobile Stations, also gathers weather reports from maritime stations to assist forecasters.

14.325 MHz is used by the Hurricane Watch Net and the net is established whenever it appears that a storm may affect the US mainland. The net gathers weather information and links to the American National Hurricane Centre.

Finally, 14.265 MHz is used by the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio  Network ( SATERN )  provides Health and Welfare traffic links for those in affected areas as well as supporting the Salvation Army Disaster relief response should a hurricane strike.

Local emergency communications groups may also activate if a hurricane approaches their area and those frequencies would be announced at the time.

Honduras Earthquake - 7090 back to normal

Dr Cesar Pio Santos HR2P the IARU Emergency Communications Coordinator reports that 7090 is not likely to be used for emergency communications in association with the Honduras Earthquake. Thanks to everyone for their cooperation.

Honduras earthquake

HondurasAt 08:24:45 UTC today (Thursday, May 28, 2009) an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hit by the shore of Honduras.  Initial reports from Dr. Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P, IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator report no mayor damages however Region 2 kindly asks to give priority to emergency traffic if you find it on our bands, especially around 7,090 MHz. Read more on http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009heak.php#details