Emergency Communications

New Zealand Earthquake - 13 Nov

A strong 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand at 1103UTC 13 November ( just after Midnight local time ) causing damage and local tsunami alerts, mainly for the East coast of the country.

The local emergency communications group AREC part of NZART are believed to have been operating on their normal frequency of 3.900MHz USB.

Initial media reports are of property damage over a wide area but the situation will not become clear until daybreak and the end of the possible Tsunami threat.

Radio Amateurs in the area with allocations around 3.900 MHz are encouraged to listen carefully and avoid QRM to any ongoing work by AREC.


Caribbean Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is currently crossing the Caribbean heading towards Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. http://www.hwn.org/data/nhcat4.html shows the storms predicted path.

The American Hurricane Watch Net is operating 14.325 MHz by day and 7.268 MHz as the storm passes through their area of interest.

Arnie Coro CO2KK reports that Cuba's National Emergency Net will operate on the following frequencies;

daytime primary 7110, secondary 7120, also on lower frequencies we will have provincial nets on 7045, 7080 and possibly other frequencies.

Night time primary 3740 , secondary 3720

Their main emergency station is CO9DCN at the Cuban National Civil Defense Headquarters in Havana, under the supervision of CO2JC Doctor Carlos Alberto SantaMaria, and will be operational all along the event and the expected recovery phase.

Volunteer operators are moving to specific locations in Cuba that are known from past storms to become isolated due to rivers overflowing , roads blocked etc.

The Dominican Republic advise that they are using 7065kHz LSB for their response to this storm.

As always, amateurs are requested to listen carefully before operating on frequencies which may be in use for emergency communications and avoid interference.

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.