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Super typhoon clean-up underway

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Six people have been killed and more than 380,000 evacuated as Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally Nina) cut a path through the Philippines, with the Ham Radio Emergency (HERO) net activated in advance.

The Christmas Day disaster cut power to five provinces, downed trees, caused widespread damage, and dimmed the festive occasion in Asia’s largest Catholic nation.

The slow moving typhoon made landfall seven times from Sunday evening until noon on Monday. Jojo Vicencio DU1VHY says: “A truly commendable job was done by many radio amateurs who not only gave up their traditional Christmas activities, but some had to stop transmissions because they were in the storm path.”

In the Catanduanes were Sider DU4SLT of ARCC, Dexter DU4DXT and Joseph DV4PGS Joseph of ISLACOM, with other groups in Bicol and Samar-Leyte. All were on HF, and VHF communications were also active.

Jojo DU1VHY says as the typhoon first made landfall some network stations were off air, with weather reports for Catanduanes of sustained winds in excess of the 200kph mark.

Then gradually stations came back giving reports of the terrible damage that had occurred in their areas. As the typhoon swept along the Southern Tagalong areas it made landfall several times. Mannduque was badly hit too, as reported by HERO.

Jojo DU1VHY says: “It created a large swath of destruction and debris – uprooted and fallen trees and posts, landslides, impassable roads and other damage. Even our own HEROs were not spared.”

The reports were quickly gathered by the network and relayed to authorities, some tuned in to the HERO net themselves.

“The HEROs persisted. To get back on air, primarily to update the network of hams is truly admirable,” he said.

One such station when asked for his immediate needs after the typhoon had passed, replied simply that he was coping OK, and then gave accounts of what had happened.

Jojo DU1VHY says: “It has now become a reality that our emergency calling frequency is the most listened to during disaster. Government operators listened in, and some even revealed their presence.

“Armed Forces station Peacemaker in Catarman, for example, broke into the frequency looking for a counterpart station also in Northern Samar.

“An NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) volunteer operator made his presence felt saying they were also monitoring.”

The Office of Civil Defence (OCD) has two stations that constantly visited the HERO net. From Leyte to Quezon the HERO communications on 7.095 MHz never faltered.

Jojo DU1VHY says: “Thank you to all those who willingly parted with their Christmas time to be of service to others. We all must continue to hone our communications skills to meet and be prepared for the future.”

About 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, with emergency communications to the community and other agencies provided by the HERO network.

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

Super Typhoon in Philippines Southeast

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

The alerts are out as a powerful late-season typhoon Nock-ten (Nina
local name), with PARA activating the Ham Emergency Radio Operations
(HERO) as it is to make landfall.

Roberto Vicencio DU1VHY reports the effects are being felt in the south
eastern portion of the Philippines with Typhoon Cyclone Warning Signals
raised in the Southern Luzon and the Bicol Region.

The HERO network is using 7.095 MHz nationally while each local club is
on the 2-metre band.

Authorities have urged hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their
homes on coastal areas with winds up to 240 kph, but the typhoon was
expected to weaken over land.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services
Administration forecast a storm surge in parts of the country, along
with heavy rains and flooding.

The typhoon was projected to weaken as it passed over the central area
including the capital Manila.

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

Volunteers – Thank you.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
The Amateur Radio Emergency Network is our national organisation for harnessing the capability of Ham Radio to help our emergency services and communities during major emergencies.  In order to do that members prepare and test equipment, learn and practice appropriate skills and volunteer in a coordinated way to deliver on the promise.  We build relationships with our local communities and emergency services through providing communications cover at sporting events and through participation in multi-agency exercises.
One of the most important events on the calendar is the national training and development weekend held in Dromineer County Tipperary on the shore of Lough Derg. It is where members from all regions can get together to share knowledge and experience, demonstrate kit, develop skills, get to know each other better and collectively steer the direction the organisation is going.
This years event took place on the 19th and 20th of November and was well attended. AREN would like to thank Declan and Fiona of Lough Derg House for accommodation, The Whiskey Still pub for meals and refreshments and Lough Derg Yacht Club for the training room. Finally a big ‘Thank you’ to all the members who attended and contributed over this weekend.

Training and Development weekend.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The 5th National annual training and development weekend will be held at the usual venue of Lough Derg House, Dromineer County Tipperary on 19th and 20th of November. New members welcome. Inquiries to Conor EI4JN, John EI7IG.

On October 7th and 8th AREN will take part in an multi-agency exercise on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry run by Inter Agency Emergency Management Office. Contact Conor, EI4JN for further information.

Recently, five AREN members from four different counties assisted at this years Sean Kelly Tour. AREN assisted in setting up the control center, provided asset tracking and live weather reporting from the mountains.

A prototype Internet-of-things based tracking device developed by John, EI7IG was tested on the event. John subsequently presented a paper on project at the ARRL/TAPR conference in Florida last month.