Emergency Communications

Indonesian floods get hams help with communications

The flooding in West Java that caused landslides and killed at least 30 people remains a disaster scene with recovery work continuing. Chief of Organisation & International Affairs of ORARI, Gjellani J. Sutama YB1GJS said that early on September 21 after heavy rain fell and the Cimanuk River burst its banks, and soon after emergency communications began.

ORARI (Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia) is the IARU member society, and its Garut District set up the emergency station at a base camp for the worst hit area. Gjellani YB1GJS reports that it had an HF net on 7.110 MHz, with a VHF repeater for Operation and Coordination to support the government and search and rescue team.

The height of the drama included a report that two houses were buried by landslides, a mosque was destroyed, affecting thousands of homes with many of under water. About three dozen were injured and villages in the path of floodwaters were evacuated.

Among the work is looking for the 22 people who are still missing in the disaster area. The ORARI Garut District is waiting for further advice from the government but hopes the recovery phase will soon wind down as the flooding eases.

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

Exercise in Malaysia 1st October

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) requested for an amateur radio emergency communications exercise to be held on October 1, 2016 centred on Sibu, Sarawak in East Malaysia.

IARU member society, Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) and the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), will jointly run the exercise with participation from Telecommunication companies and the Malaysian Civil Defense.

Since the Indonesian Amateur Radio Society is using the COA frequency of 7.110 Mhz for their current emergency communications. Subject to no QRM being caused, the exercise will use 7.125 MHz (All Modes ± 5 KHz) , using near vertical incidence skywave propagation and with emphasis on the PSK31 digital mode.

The exercise is to test the effectiveness of MARTS and ARCS in setting up both local and East to West Malaysia communications to give the authorities a better understanding of our amateur radio message handling capabilities with accuracy and speed, the IARU message format will be used, as it would in a real life event.

The MCMC Chairman from Kuala Lumpur will witness and take part in this exercise. MARTS requests that the frequency of 7.125 MHz be kept clear for the exercise on Saturday, October 1, 2016.


CoA frequencies are as below :

Emergency CoA frequency 3.600 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency frequency 7.125 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 14.300 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 18.160 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 21.360 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )"

( Information from Johnny Tan 9M8DB )

Mexico - Hurricane Newton

Joaquin Solana XE1R the News Editor of IARU Region 2 reports that Category 1 Hurricane Newton is entering the Baja California peninsula.
FMRE’s Emergency Communication Net asks radio amateurs to keep 7.060 and 7.130 kHz clear for emergency communications traffic.


Amateur radio still active in Italian Earthquake

Alberto Barbera IK1YLO reports that after the first night without aftershocks, the emergency organisation RNRE has finished activities on 7060kHz. Teams remain in the area on VHF/UHF. Other HF frequencies advertised on http://www.ari.it/ may still be in use. 

Thanks to all radioamateurs for their assistance in keeping frequencies clear for the emergency teams.

Amateur radio active in Italian earthquake.


Following the magnitude 6.2 earthquake which struck central Italy on 24 August killing 38 people, Italian radio amateurs are active in the emergency response.

Please keep 7060kHz clear along with other Emergency CoA frequencies in the 80 and 40m bands for emergency communications within Italy.

No external assistance is required at this time. The Italian radio amateur groups are following their planned response with their government.
Any requests for information on missing persons should be made via the Red Cross or other recognised relief organisations.