Archive for the ‘2012’ Category

Tropical Storm Quinta

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

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

Another storm disaster ends in the Philippines

Spare a thought for those who spent a nervous, very wet and windy Christmas period as Tropical Storm Quinta went through the south of the Philippines, in areas trying to recover from Tyhoon Bopha earlier in the month.

Activated during the storm was the Philippines Amateur Radio Association emergency net on 7.095 MHz and VHF, to handle emergency and welfare traffic.

A request to keep the HF frequency clear was issued by PARA’s Vice Chief Operating Officer, Ramon J. Anquilan DU1UGZ. The emergency had passed and he expressed many thanks on behalf of PARA for use of the frequency.

Among those involved in the emergency were members of the PARA-affiliated club, The District 5 Radio Amateur Network DX5RAN.

They were kept busy coordinating much needed pre-emptive evacuations in Tacloban City and elsewhere alongside the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Other radio amateurs were also involved in the overall emergency.

Landslides occurred in the Visayas, Southern Leyte and Eastern Samar areas. There were more than 5,800 ferry passengers stranded with fishermen told not to venture out.

The archipelago has numerous severe weather events each year. Typhoon Bopha which made landfall over Mindanao on December the 2nd ripped through the southern provinces killing 1,067 people, leaving hundreds missing and many more homeless.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, with Ramon J. Anquilan DU1UGZ, PARA Vice Chief Operating Officer)

Typhoon Quinta

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Inc. has activated its emergency net to deal with whatever contingencies that may arise due to typhoon Quinta making landfall by tomorrow Dec 26. As of the moment the typhoon is situated some 60 kilometers east of Guiuian Eastern Samar. It packs a 65 to 90 kph gustiness near the center.

Please advise all operators to stand clear from the calling frequency of 7.095 MHz plus minus QRM. We will be using the frequency until we stand down from our emergency net and return to normal operations.

First off the information thread, Nathan Eamiguel, DU5AOK, has relayed that the City of Tacloban has ordered a forced preemptive evacuation of Barangay Palanog and other low-lying areas in Tacloban City as of 5:20 PM local time.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Ramon J. Anquilan, DU1UG

Deadly Typhoon heads back

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

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

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has reactivated its emergency net for Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) because its path has changed and may hit the archipelago again.

Vice Chief Operating Officer of PARA, Ramon J. Anquiln DU1UGZ, said the typhoon was particularly headed towards to northern Luxon.

He said, as always, please disseminate to all hams to steer clear of 7.095 MHz except for emergency health and welfare traffic.

PARA will be using the frequency as its emergency channel for the duration of the re-entry of the typhoon to the country.

The powerful typhoon has already killed hundreds of people and wreaked devastation when it hit the southern Philippines last week.

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

Disaster recovery helped by Amateur Radio

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

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)

Typhoon Bopha

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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

Hams provide emergency communications

Typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) has hit The Philippines uprooting trees,
downing power lines, sparking landslides and making 40,000 people head for shelters.

It was the strongest of about 20 typhoons to affect the country this year with
its heavy rain and wind gusting up to 210km/h as it came ashore at Mindanao.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) had its ham emergency
radio operations (HERO) working when the typhoon struck the southern Philippines.

PARA is using all available means of communication like HF radio (7.095 MHz) VHF radio
(144.740 MHz), the internet and social media (Facebook, email, echolink) to monitor the
situation and give updates to all concerned.

Ham emergency radio operators have been assisting in the communication needs of
these cities (as reported by DW5JMJ, DU5AOK and DU8BGA).

RADNET 5, a local club of amateur radio operators in Tacloban City, is very active in helping
provide the city with vital communications link.

It is in constant coordination with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council 
(CDRRMC). So far, 5,700 families have been evacuated from Saint Bernard.

RADNET 5 is also assisting the Red Cross in Tacloban and Saint Bernard. The City
Government of Tacloban City has used the Tacloban Convention Centre as one of its
evacuation centres.

The casualties have been minimal, due to preparations, the cooperation of evacuees and the
mammoth response and recovery. efforts.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chair of the IARU Region 3, Disaster Communications Committee, with
PARA Chief Operating Officer Eddie Valdez DU1EV).

Earthquake in Guatemala

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

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

The rescue and relief work in San Marcos, Guatemala, a mountainous region
bordering Mexico that was hit by a 7.4 scale earthquake claiming the lives
of at least 52 people earlier this month, was aided by emergency communications
provided by radio amateurs.

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 Emergency Communication Coordinator,
Cesar Pio Santos HR2P said he was very proud of the work done during and
after the earthquake on November 8, despite the difficult times. 

Cesar HR2P thanked the members of the Club de Radioficionados de Guatemala
(CRAG) for their outstanding efforts. He was responding to a report from
Marco Aurelio TG8AMP, who was in charge of the emergency network in the affected

About 10,000 houses have been affected by the earthquake with authorities
setting up 11 rescue centres for the homeless. 

It was the worst to hit Guatemala since 1976, when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake
caused the deaths of about 23,000 people in one of the worst natural disasters
of the time, again helped by the work of amateur radio. 

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications with Cesar

India blackout affects millions.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

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

In the world's worst blackout in recent times power was cut to 700 million
people in India.

Jayu Bhide VU2JAU reports that the North-East grid failed due to a fault
in the plant and 20 states were affected by the power failure. Work to restore
the power was in progress.

National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India, Jayu VU2JAU said
that New Delhi had its power cut for 12 hours yesterday.

He said in the evening power was restored to some parts of Delhi and the
surrounding areas. The work to restore was still in progress.

"Hams in and around the affected areas were ready for the emergency communication
required during power cuts," said Jayu VU2JAU. 

They provided emergency communications during the outage, all voice repeaters
were in order and did not fail despite the heavy duty back-up power needed.

He said, "Hams will still be on their toes until complete power is restored."

Further reports on the crisis are expected later. Luckily, said Jayu VU2JAU,
"Everything went well and no major casualty was reported".

Up to 20 of India's 28 states were plunged into darkness as suppliers failed
to meet the growing demand caused by air-conditioning units, flat-screen
TVs and other gadgets.

Hundreds of trains failed, traffic lights were out, surgical operations cancelled,
and underground miners were trapped when their lifts broke down. The blackout
raised concern about India's infrastructure.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee
and Jayu Bhide VU2JAU, National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in

Italian Earthquake – update

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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

Two additional earthquakes have struck Italy this afternoon.

At the moment there are around 15 deaths reported.
Following a request from the Italian Civil Protection department
RNRE have immediately sent one Mobile Unit with 5 radioamateurs
to the area and two more units are ready to go when requested.
The HF frequency 7060kHz is in use by IQ1HQ (headquarter RNRE)
and IQ0TK. ( Civil Protection Department in Rome). VHF links are
currently on 145.200MHz.

Italian Earthquake

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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


Italian Radio Amateurs respond to Emilia Romagna region Earthquake

At 0200UTC 20th May 2012 an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy. At the time of writing this report six people are known to have died in the quake with 50 injured. A number of strong aftershocks continue to affect the area.

The Italian Civil Protection authorities are putting a response structure into place capable of dealing with >1000 people. The voluntary group RNRE ( Raggruppamento Nazionale Radiocomunicazioni Emergenza ) report that communications in the area are currently good but due to the continuing seismic activity have been requested to make one or two mobile units available to respond if needed until late Monday evening.

No HF frequencies are in use at this time.

Philippine Earthquake response

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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

Effects continue across the central Philippines after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck triggering landslides with dozens of people killed and many trapped in toppled homes.

Chief Operating Officer for IARU society PARA, Eddie Valdez DU1EV said ham radio operators are now active in communications assistance.

Eddie DU1EV said those near the epicentre of the earthquake in the DU7 and DU6 call areas are active. They have chosen to use the VHF band for communications.

Their services included message handling with phone communications cut, widespread power outages, bridges and other infrastructure damaged.

The earthquake in a narrow strait between the heavily populated island provinces of Negros and Cebu hit around lunchtime on Monday.

There had been more than 200 aftershocks, some nearly as strong, causing further panic.

This came after typhoon storms swept the Southern Philippines on December 16 to 18 with a heavy loss of lives and radio amateurs helping out.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman, IARU Region 3, Disaster Communication Committee.