Disaster recovery helped by Amateur Radio

Received from Greg Mossop, G0DUB IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator:

The radio amateur community was prepared when a super typhoon unleashed its
fury on the Philippines, uprooting trees, snapping power lines, sparking
landslides, cancelling flights and ferries sending 40,000 people to shelters.

Claiming more than 200 human lives, it was the strongest of 16 typhoons in
the country this year, as Pablo (internationally named Bopha) had heavy rain
and wind gusts up to 210km/h.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) had emergency communications
on 40 metres 7095 MHz and VHF as the typhoon made landfall on Tuesday at
North Davao in Mindanao. It left a large footprint of damage before exiting
the country.

PARA is disappointed that its emergency use of 7095 MHz was not honoured
by other radio amateurs, who disturbed its operation by testing equipment
on air, tuning up, sending digital signals and sometimes even trying to make
contact as if it was a DX activity.

A standard text will clearly identify emergency nets in future, as a worldwide
reminder is issued not to QRM emergencies or training exercises.

With the typhoon now leaving the area of country's area of responsibility,
the PARA HERO activity is now closed.'

National Traffic System Co-chairman, Roberto C. Vicencio DU1VHY said he thanked
everyone who participated in the endeavour, and they did very well, exceeding
all expectations. 

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee)

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