Archive for February, 2010

Chile Earthquake – Update 1

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The following information was received from Greg Mossop, IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator.

The Tsunami warnings for the Pacific Ocean have been lifted. There was a Tsunami with waves from 1-2m which crossed the Ocean to Japan. Measured wave heights can be seen at

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/pacific/2010/pacific.2010.02.28.093706.txt

Information received from Jorge,LU1AS confirms the request to keep the following frequencies clear in the area;
3738, 3750, 7050, 7060, 7095, 14200, 14300 and 14350kHz.

I hope to have more information later today.

Chile Earthquake – First Information

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

The following information was received from Greg Mossop, IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator.

An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale hit Chile at 0634UTC today (27th February).

I am now receiving information that the local emergency communications group “Red Chilena Nor Austral de Servicio (RECNA)” is active and some emergency communications activities are taking place, mostly with Argentina. Jorge Sierra, LU1AS who is the IARU-R2 Area Emergency Co-Ordinator is asking that the following frequencies are kept clear;

7095, RECNA Control Station
Emergency Traffic has also been heard on 7050, 7060 and 7095 with stations trying to contact Chile seeking information about people.

Chile is also known to use the following frequencies for emergency communication;
3750, 3738, 7050, 7095, 14200, 14350, 21200, 21350, 28300, 28500kHz.

Since a Tsunami warning is in effect for some countries in the Pacific it would also be useful to keep IARU Region 2 and Region 3 Centre of Activity frequencies clear in case other countries become involved, these are;

Region 2 3750, 3785, 7060, 7240, 7290, 14300, 18160, 21360
Region 3 3600, 7110, 14300, 18160, 21360

Japanese state broadcaster NHK is indicating that if a Tsunami was to affect that country it would hit about 22 hours after the initial earthquake. Australia has issues Tsunami warnings for parts of their country. We should know soon if a wide area tsunami has been created, a prediction of arrival times can be found at

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/pacific/2010/pacific.2010.02.27.154316.txt

Check the main site of http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/ for updates.

AREN Meeting

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The AREN Annual meeting took place last weekend in Clonmel County Tipperary. The agenda included:

The AREN Mobile Command Post (MCP) was in attendance for everyone to inspect. and a a wide ranging discussion on various aspects of Emergency Communications was had. Many thanks to all who participated and I look forward to working with everyone during 2010.

John Ronan, EI7IG

Amateur Radio in Haiti

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Interesting report from Bruce Hepburn, ZR6BDH, who has just returned from Haiti as part of the South African Rescue Team. He outlines the teams role, their own communications, what range he had with his HF Radio and simple antenna set up.