Typhoon alert – frequencies in use

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

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

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.

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.

Training Weekend

April 5th, 2013

We are delighted to invite you to our third AREN weekend training and social event. We return to the shores of Lough Derg, for a relaxing ,enjoyable, social and educational event.

This years focus is on progressing three tems from our strategy which have been selected by members. There will be a variety of activities both indoor and outdoor to interest everyone.

Our host Declan EI2GE has kindly arranged generous rates for accommodation and meals.

Argentina Flooding.

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.

Tasmanian bushfire disaster

January 5th, 2013

WICEN Tasmania (South), assisted by other trained southern region radio amateurs, is providing 24 hour support for firefighting activities as several fires continue to burn.

At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people are left stranded. Towns on the devastated Tasman Peninsula in the state’s south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea.

WICEN Tasmania (South) Secretary, Roger Nichols VK7ARN said teams of two radio operators for the Incident Management Team based at Tasmania Fire Service Cambridge, are concerned primarily with two of the major fires.

“These are fires on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. Both of these and several others are still fast moving at this time,” said Roger VK7ARN.

Significant property loss has already occurred, especially in the Tasman Peninsula fire. There are 60 fire units in the field on these fires, being almost half of 130 currently actively deployed across Tasmania.

He said, “Radio operator needs and deployments are under constant review as the situation develops. The Tasmania Fire Service 80MHz network is being used, involving standard procedures and Prowords.”

Roger VK7ARN said 18 radio amateurs recently attended an introductory training course run by the Tasmania Fire Service in preparation for such an eventuality, though the size and scope of the current operations is way beyond previous activations.

He said radio operator teams normally include at least one operator with previous fire experience and training. It may be that more amateur resources will be required, at least to assist with log keeping and message recording. These may include deployments to other control points closer to the firegrounds.

Overnight a massive sea rescue operation moved more than 1,000 people trapped by the Tasman Peninsula fires to safety in Hobart, 50 kilometres away. Thousands of people, including 700 tourists at historic Port Arthur, remain stranded.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chair of the IARU Region 3, Disaster Communications Committee)

Tropical Storm Quinta

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

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
Vice COO, PARA

Deadly Typhoon heads back

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)