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IARU Region 1 Conference, Varna-Albena, Bulgaria

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Below is a message presented by Mr Encho Gospodino, on behalf of European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, dealing with International Co-Operation, Humanitarian Air and Crisis response

Dear IARU Conference participants,
Dear radio messengers in times of trouble and hope
Friends, ladies and gentlemen,
It is my pleasure and privilege to address your General Conference. The timing for your gathering could not be more indicative for the world we live in and the challenges we all face today.

The lives of millions of people is impacted by troubling events: conflicts in Africa and the Middle East (and sadly, in Europe); natural disasters all over the world with all the un-predictabilities of the mother Nature and the responsibilities of the human beings for the Climate Change; human waves of migrants and refugees moving from one place to another, and assorted diseases often trailing the disasters and conflicts. In short, this is a world, which does not stop to surprise us every morning when we open the TV screen or a newspaper.

At the same time, the world has never been better connected and wired. Today’s communications are a real miracle once considered a fantasy coming from the novels of Arthur Clarke or Ray Bradbury. Never before, we had this privilege to transmit or exchange information with such accuracy, speed and scope of distribution. And never before so many
people from all corners of the world and all layers of the society had access to this information. The arrival of internet really made our planet a Global village and ever since our live changed forever in the way we deal with information. Politics, diplomacy, journalism, technology, science, research, banking, literally all changed overnight with this powerful instrument.

However, there are moments in life when a good, stable, reliable and independent information tool is the only one we can use to save lives. And this is the one we call simply the RADIO. Imagine a major natural disaster, which knocks down all modern information tools in the affected area: with no electricity, no internet, no telephone and fax connections, not even the old telex machines. No trains and ships moving, no roads to use or airports functioning. Nothing. We know a tragedy has happened, we know many are dead, and even more still alive, but trapped and helpless. And no one can help them as nobody knows what has happened. Because there is no information.

Luckily, there is a last resort: the radio amateurs; the people who are the eyes and the ears of the world in time when all other information channels are silent. “Amateurs” is actually not the right word in this case: these are professional communicators who are listening to the heartbeat of the planet and registering the emotional vibrations of people who may be in danger. In short, you are the last technical miracle, which is independent, reliable information channel, which can transmit an important piece of news from any place in the world, any time, by anyone who knows how to operate this wonderful creature, called radio.

Your advantage is that you are independent. A well-trained radioman with good equipment and ever-charged batteries can be a fantastic link between two villages, two countries or two continents. When organized in a Union, you are a communication superpower in time of total electronic darkness. But the most important part of your equipment is the people you have; the Bravehearts of men and women listening to people who may be in danger and may need help; the professional lifesavers called strangely amateurs, who nevertheless act as volunteers when and where they are needed. In your history, you have many examples of lives being saved because some of your members caught a signal from a village, a region or un-accessible place that someone needs help. We need your skills and services because we will have more and more disasters in the future. The dry statistics reveal troubling trends: during the last 20 – 30 years, the number and the intensity of the natural disasters have increased dramatically. So did the number of people killed or affected. The earthquake in Haiti in 2010 killed 230 000 people alone …. Between 2003 and 2012, some 6700 disasters hit the planet with 2005 being the darkest one – 810 disasters in one year. Typhoons in the Philippines, floods in Pakistan, China or Europe, droughts and famine in Africa, garnished with conflicts, are now almost daily events.

The economic losses from these disasters went up from $ 50 billion to $200 billion a year since the 80s. Every Red Cross volunteer will tell you that during a disaster the most needed and precious live saving element is not food, water or medicines. It is the timely, accurate information that is the most needed. As timely and accurate information saves lives, prevents major tragedies, stops rumours, which create panic and leads to even more casualties. This is how solid information flow becomes the backbone of a successful communication strategy. In short, everything, which you do and helps your societies to organise themselves better, is vital. Local and national authorities count on you as the last bastion of reliable information channel. Your professional skills and your humanitarian duties make you more than radio amateurs; you are truly needed guardians in time of troubles and I hope you will always stay as a pillar of hope and courage for all who are in danger.

Thank you for your noble work. I wish you every success in this Conference.

Kristalina Georgieva

Typhoon Rammasun death toll climbs

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

About 20 people are dead and many left homeless after Typhoon Rammasun, which means ‘thunder of god’, hit the Philippines.

With winds and heavy rain it closed the capital of Manila on Wednesday, before moving north-west out to the South-China Sea.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association President, Thelma Pascua DU1IVT, activated the Ham Emergency Radio Operator (HERO) network on 7095 kHz. It worked closely with other responding agencies.

The storm on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in the evacuation of thousands of people, closed businesses, schools, 60 flights were cancelled and ferry traffic halted.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed to the south of Manila after moving through the eastern islands of the archipelago to bring down trees and power lines, caused electrocutions and blackouts.

Thelma DU1IVT reported that in Manila she had winds of 150-185kph for hours. At least 40 provinces and cities were under a storm alert.

The government took every precaution to minimise the deaths. Super Typhoon Haiyan last November killed at least at least 6,300 people and 1,000 are still missing.

About 20 storms reach the Philippines each year making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone areas.

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

Serbian disaster relief communcations.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

At this moment the Serbian Radio Association (Savez radioamatera Srbije) carries out disaster relief communications in flooded areas. The control station uses the call sign YU0S. On 80m the frequency 3760 kHz (+ QRM) is used. All radio operators are asked to keep this frequency clear.

On VHF a repeater network with the same callsign supports the operations.

Tropical Cyclone Ita

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

After causing damage and resulting in at least 23 deaths in the Solomon Islands on April 5, the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Ita came ashore in Queensland? in Australia’s northeast.

Dale McCarty VK3DMC reports that no Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network? (WICEN) activation has occurred so far, point in time.

He said frequencies are constantly monitored and many of the Far North Queensland? hams are checking in just to see how others are faring.

The frequencies are 7.088 MHz and 3.588 MHz until the cyclone which has been? downgraded to a category 1 continues to move south with strong winds and? flooding.

When the cyclone came ashore at Cooktown about 50 buildings were damaged? another five written off, road were blocked, water supply was critically,? power and communications affected.

A strong winds and torrential rain closing airports as the weather system? moved south to cause more damage. Sugar cane and banana crops were flattened.

The population were well prepared with many taking refuge in community shelters.? The mobile phone service remained mostly intact and fibre optic cables provided communication with some areas.

Tropical Cyclone Ita has formed over the northern Coral Sea to engulf the Solomon Islands which has at least 23 people dead, about 30 people missing, and has left 49,000 homeless.

The country was also felt a 7.6-magnitude earthquake 96 kilometres south southeast of the provincial capital of Kirakira, but it caused minimal damage.

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

Tropical Cyclone – Australia

Friday, April 11th, 2014

As Tropical Cyclone Ita impacts on far northern area of Australia, WICEN
has declared a number of frequencies for health and welfare traffic including
7.088 MHz an 3.588 MHz, as well as 2m and 70cm.

Dale McCarthy VK4DMC reports that at this point in time the cyclone has crossed
the coast at Cape Flattery which is just north of Cooktown as a severe category
4 system.

Cooktown is experiencing very strong wind and heavy rain. The system will
track south/west over the next 12 to 24 hours and possibly impact on the
Atherton Tablelands, Port Douglas and Cairns before heading south towards
Townsville.

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

Typhoon alert – frequencies in use

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has activated its Emergency Net to monitor tropical typhoon Rumba (Phils codename Gorio) as it traverses the Eastern Visayas Region in the general direction of the Bicol and NCR regions.

Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) operators are using 7.095 MHZ as the emergency calling frequency.

PARA is therefore requesting neighboring ham operators and their national associations for their utmost understanding and cooperation to stand clear of the frequency until the emergency net is stood down.
Ramon J Anquilan, DU1UGZ
PARA Vice COO

China earthquake, update #3

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The rescue and relief efforts after Saturday’s southwest China Ya’an earthquake is continuing with the number of lives lost officially at 188 people, 25 are missing and 11,460 injured.

While radio amateurs continue to help with relief efforts, Fan Bin BA1RB says that public communication is back to normal in the disaster area.

He said the CRSA/CRAC no longer required 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz as emergency communication frequencies. It expressed thanks for the support from IARU member societies and others during the disaster.

It rained in the earthquake area last night. Effective traffic control has been very important to transport tents, water, foods and medicines into the area.

The rural communities around Ya’an city are along the same seismic fault where the Great Sichuan Earthquake killed more than 90,000 people five years ago, in one of China’s worst natural disasters.

The latest earthquake on Saturday left tens of thousands of people in tents or cars, unable to return home or too afraid to go back as aftershocks continued.

Badly hit Lushan County is now a large refugee camp, with tents set up and volunteers providing meals.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman of the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee with help of Fin Ban BA1RB)

China Earthquake, update #2

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

The earthquake has killed 179 people and injured 6986. Hundreds of amateur radio operators went to Ya’an helping disaster relief.

The disaster happened as the Global Simulated Emergency Test was underway headed in China by station BY3CQ and others – BG8EIU, BG8FCK, BG8DE, BG8FPB, BY8DX, BH8AHU, BA8IK and BG8EBB – who are now either helping on HF, VHF or in the disaster area.

Fan Bin BA1RB contacted this morning Liu Hu BD8AAA who is in the epicentre at Lushan county.

The following updates are available:
1. Public communication is normal in Ya’an and Lushan, the UHF and VHF repeaters work fine to provide effective communication. While in some remote rural areas, the communication is still needed to be established. Amateur Radio teams are actively helping build up the communications.

2. The government has more experiences to organise the disaster relief, amateur radio operators were organised and provided help based on government needs.

3. Because suddenly there are too many vehicles coming into Ya’an city and Lushan county, the transportation traffic condition is severe. There are 8 amateur radio teams, more than 200 amateur radio operators helping local transportation department to relieve traffic congestion.

The request to keep the HF frequencies of 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz clear for disaster traffic remains.

The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate action with BA8DX (not BD8DX as earlier report) and BD8AAA leading a team heading to the disaster area.

73 de BA1RB / Fanbin

China Earthquake.

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Today 8:02am, a 7.0 scale earthquake hit Ya’an city, Sichuan province in China. The epicenter was near Lushan County. As of 17:24 today, 113 persons were killed and more than 2,000 were injured.

After the disaster, The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate actions, BD8DX and BD8AAA lead team heading to disaster area providing emergency communication services.

The local amateur radio repeater works fine, and provided emergency communication for the public. BG8FUW in Lushan county, BG8EYD in Ya\’an city help providing amateur radio emergency communication.

Some amateur radio operators watches on HF or went to disaster area to help disaster relief.

Today is also the GlobalSet emergency simulation test second session. China HQ station BY3CQ made a QSO with BG8DE, who was on the way to the earthquake area to help disaster relief.

CRSA / CRAC call for all amateur radio operators, to avoid 3855KHZ, 7050KHZ and 14270KHZ on short wave for possible interference on disaster relief use.

Argentina Flooding.

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The following information has been received from Jorge, LU1AS about the amateur radio response to the severe flooding in Buenos Aires and La Plata in Argentina.

The flooding rains have been very strong in the city of Buenos Aires and surrounding areas, and in the city of La Plata, which is the capital of the Province of Buenos Aires, located 60 kilometers south of the City of Buenos Aires. So far 57 people have died, 51 of them in La Plata.

The frequencies that are being used on 40 meters are 7070 and 7120, in addition to VHF and UHF repeaters kept on alert for the radio club La Plata, LU8DZE.
There are also a lot of communication activity through Facebook Emergenciaslu Amateur group, maintained by the sera, Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Argentina.