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