Emergency Communications

Finland Emergency Communications Exercise 25-27 August

A National voluntary rescue service (Vapepa) exercise is being held in Finland this weekend ( 25-27 Aug ) , with the most activity taking place on Saturday. Radio amateurs will serve in local/regional exercises providing VHF Emergency communications on 6m, 2m, DMR etc. Digimodes are however preferred.
Their Radio Amateurs will also provide a Nationwide HF network on 60m and 80m using the Winlink system. That activity is focusing on four local Winlink access points between 3580 - 3605 kHz.

In total the exercise will have an estimated 1000 participants with 100 Radio Amateurs assisting.

If you hear traffic from this exercise, please allow a clear frequency so that Amateur Radio can be presented in the best possible way.

North American Nets activating for Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast in the USA, various nets are activating as part of the emergency response. In addition to tropical and hurricane-force winds along the Texas coast and further inland, the main concern with this storm is heavy rain and flooding in an area which has not has a hurricane make landfall for 9 years.

Many of the frequencies used will be outside Region 1 allocations in 80m and 40m but there are some in 20m which may suffer from European QRM if operators are not careful.

The US National Hurricane Centre station WX4NHC will activate at 1900UTC 25th August on 14.325 MHz

The Hurricane Watch Net is operating from 1500 UTC on their daytime frequency of 14.325.00 MHz. When the 20 meter band closes they are likely to move over to 7.268.00 MHz or from 0000 UTC.

VOIP Hurricane Net likely to activate at 2 PM EDT/1800 UTC on Friday 25th August

The Southern Territory SATERN Net will activate for one day (so far) on Saturday, 26 August 2017 during local daylight hours on its regular frequency of 7.262 MHz.

Radio Amateurs are encouraged to listen carefully before transmitting to avoid QRM to Emergency activities.

Emergency Communications Activities at HamRadio 2017

The 42nd HamRadio Exhibition at Friedrichshafen attracted 17110 visitors, among them many Emergency Communicators who attended the two meetings for Emergency Communicators at the event or looked at the exhibits in the main hall.

On Friday 14th July, the first IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications meeting was held in the English language with an average 15 attendees from 10 countries. The Open Forum as usual could have lasted longer with many good discussions and points raised, there was a very well received presentation from Alberto IK1YLO and Marco IU1GJE about the RNRE response to the Earthquakes and disasters in Italy in 2016. The results from the RAYNET-UK survey of their groups about the technology they used and how it matched the needs of their users were provided. The session closed with two discussion sessions about how we could organise international networks and when we should think of an event as an emergency. The discussion session presentations have been modified to provide a very short summary of what the session wanted to achieve. The presentations are available on the following links;

RAYNET-UK Technology Survey, RNRE Sisma 2016-7, What is an Emergency ( Discussion Session ), How do we create an International Network ( Discussion ) .

For the Region 1 report presentation contact the Regional co-ordinator directly here.

On Saturday the DARC Notfunk Universitaet took place with many presentations on skills and techniques in the German language from German, Swiss and Austrian presenters. An initial report on DARC Notfunk activities is available at;


The next Ham Radio on the Bodensee is on June 1-3 2018.

Emergency Communications Activities at Friedrichshafen 2017

14-16 July beings the largest gathering of Radio Amateurs in Europe and also the largest gathering of Emergency Communicators at HAMRADIO 2017 in Friedrichshafen. IARU Region 1 will be hosting a meeting for Radio Amateurs interested in Emergency Communications in Room Rom on Friday 14th July between 1200-1600 local time with the following preliminary programme ( times may change ).

1200-1230 Reports from the IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator
1230-1330 Open forum for National Co-Ordinators to report on activities in their countries.
1330-1400 Italian Earthquake response 2016 - Alberto IK1YLO
1400-1445 RAYNET-UK - What Technology should we use for emergency communication?
1445-1515 Discussion- What is an emergency and when should we activate?
1515-1545 Discussion - How can we have an international network?
1545-1600 Close and discuss Friedrichshafen 2018

The Working language for this meeting will be English.

On 15th July between 1100-1600 the DARC will be holding their fifth 'Notfunk Universitaet' in Room London covering a wide range of topics.

The working language for the Notfunk Universitaet will be German and more information will be available from DARC shortly.

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


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.