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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

IARU Region 1 exhibition

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

From the 26 to 30th of April. the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), Region 1 (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Northern Asia), European Community Sub-Regional Working Group (EUROCOM) is hosting an exhibition in the European Parliment entitled Amateur Radio Benefits Society. The exhibition is sponsored by MEP Mrs Brigit Sippel and was opened by IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T

IRTS and AREN is represented by Seán Nolan, EI7CD, and Séamus McCague, EI8BP (pictured below)

Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Dr. Kristalina Georgieva gives a mention to the exhibition in her Blog and concludes the post nicely with.

The expressions “Humanitarian Aid” and “Crisis Response” often suggest large organisations delivering aid and heavy loads in helicopters or trailers. But, very often, it is about the job of anonymous people that continue to broadcast information and hope from damaged equipment and fallen antennae, as they like to say, “when everything else fails”.

Report on second EmCom Party On The Air

Friday, June 15th, 2007

The second IARU Region One Emcomm Party On The Air for 2007 took place on 5th May last. The AREN HQ station was operated by Conor EI4JN using the call-sign EI1RENE.

Dipoles were used for each band and operating power was limited to 100 Watts as recommended. 14 other Emcomm stations were contacted, 8 on 20m and 6 on 40m.

Logs from all participating stations are currently being collected by Greg Mossop (RAYNET) who will compile the official report for the IARU.

The next party is scheduled for 17 November when new rules and procedures will apply.

A report of the events is available here. (NB: pdf document)

Second EmCom Party On The Air

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

IARU Region 1 invites the HQ-stations of its member societies and stations of special emergency communication groups to participate in the “Second EmCom party on the Air” on Saturday, May 5th, 2007 at 11.00 – 15.00 UTC. The operation will take place on and near the emergency Center-of-Activity (CoA) frequencies on 40, 20 and 15 meters (+/-QRM).
The CoA frequencies on 80 and 17 meters will not be used during this event.

The objective of the party is to increase the common interest among member societies in emergency communication, test how usable the CoA frequencies are across Region 1, and create practices for international emergency communication between Region 1 member societies and special emergency communication groups.

Please keep in mind: This is not a contest – it is an emergency communications exercise!

The protocol is as follows:
1) All traffic during the party will take place in SSB only.
2) IARU Region 1 HQ station will be OF3F in Finland.
3) It will be QRV simultaneously on the three CoA frequencies: 7060, 14300 and 21360 kHz +/- QRM.

During first three hours each participating station will try to contact OF3F and also as many other national HQ and special group stations as possible. During the last hour, (14.00 – 15.00 UTC) these stations will contact only OF3F for reporting. The report should be sent only once, on the band on which communication with OH3F is best. All traffic in the party will happen on SSB.

Participating stations are calling:
“This is HQ station of (RSGB, REF etc.) calling Region 1 EmCom stations for testing” (Please announce time to time “this is an exercise”).

The messages to be exchanged during the first three hours consist of eight numbers and the abbreviation of the national society/special group – in other words:
real RS report, number of bands simultaneously in use (1, 2 or 3), and number of operators at this station (in 2 digits, i.e. 3 operators is transmitted as “03″), the transmitter power (in 3 digits, i.e. 50 Watt would be 050) and the acronym of the society/group (RSGB, REF…). We will use the word “slash” to separate details in these messages:

Example:

4U1ITU could give to OF3F the following information:
58/3/03/500/IARC

RS = 58 (please give accurate reports, not just “59″!).
3 = number of bands simultaneously in use at 4U1ITU.
03 = there are 3 operators at 4U1ITU.
500 = 4U1ITU runs 500 W.
IARC = International Amateur Radio Club of ITU HQS

The message to IARU Region 1 HQ station OF3F during the last hour will be following:
RS / total number of stations of Region 1 societies or groups contacted during the party / numbers of stations contacted on 7, 14 and 21 MHz.

Example:
4U1ITU reports to OF3F: 57/28/00/23/15.

RS = 57 (please give accurate reports, not just “59″!).
28 = total of 28 different HQ/special group -stations contacted.
03 = 3 different HQ/special group stations contacted made on 7 MHz.
23 = 23 different HQ/special group stations contacted on 14 MHz.
15 = 15 different HQ/special group stations contacted on 21 MHz

All messages consist of five groups: RS is the group number 1, this group number one is separated by / (`slash’) from group number 2 and so on. If you have not received any of the groups properly, you ask: “Please repeat group number #”.

HQ-station OF3F is not giving messages – only receiving and confirming them. To avoid QRMing the HQ-station, please move to frequencies near the CoA for contacts with other stations.

For creating a more realistic situation, please limit your transmitting power during the exercise to 100 watts. A special value is given to stations operating mobile/portable and/or on emergency power.

Greg Mossop G0DUB has kindly agreed to collect all information and to prepare a final report. Please send your comments and logs to Greg at: gregm(at)greg-mossop.co.uk. The final report will be published in August 2007.

We hope that even more stations than in November 2006 will participate in this second EmCom Party on the Air. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any additional information.

A third EmCom Party is planned for 17 November, 2008, with new rules and procedures.

AREN training & EmCom Party On The Air – October 2006

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Three AREN delegates EI7IG, EI4JN and EI2JB recently attended a course on Field Search Skills hosted by the South East Mountain Rescue Association. The 2 days of instruction included both classroom tuition and practical exercises held in the Comeragh mountains. This included a night exercise on the Saturday night. Other professional and volunteer organisations represented included the Garda Siochana, the Coastguard, the Civil Defence and SEMRA.

While AREN‘s involvement in missing person search operations will principally be of a communications nature, it is important for members to be cognisant of the methods used and the challenges faced by the search teams. For this purpose, a training module AREN and SAR will be delivered to members in the near future.

EmCom PartyThe IARU Region One, First EmCom party on the Air will be held this coming Saturday the 18th of November. The operation will happen on the IARU emergency centre-of-activity frequencies on 40, 20 and 15 meters only (+/-QRM).

The objective of the party is to;

1) increase the common interest among member societies in emergency communication,

2) test how usable these frequencies are cross the Region 1 and

3) create practices for international emergency communication between Region 1 member societies and special emergency communication groups.

Only Headquarter stations of each countries Emergency Communications Organisations are invited to take part. Dave EI4BZ will operate the IRTS AREN station.

Mountain RescueOn the same weekend, 3 more AREN members will be joining The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association on a training weekend. There will be plenty of APRS activity in the Galtee Mountains. Some activity on the 40m and 80m AREN frequencies is also to be expected.

Training ProgrammeARENs Winter on-air training Nets will resume on Wednesday the 15th of November at 9:30pm local. This session will be devoted to APRS. The primary Frequency will be 3.690 MHz with a secondary frequency of 7.099 Mhz +/- QRM. This is a member’s only net. Reports from non-members will be taken after the Net closes.

Training Nets & EmCom Party On The Air – October 2006

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

National Training Nets. The first National training net of the winter season was held on Wednesday night last the 18th of October. Conditions on the 80m band were good and communication was established successfully between all stations. Thanks to those who participated. Details of the next Net on the 15th November will be published in due course.

First EmCom party on the Air. IARU Region 1 has invited HQ-stations of its member societies and stations of special emergency communication groups including AREN to participate in the First EmCom party on the Air. This will be held on the 18th of November. The operation will happen on the IARU emergency centre-of-activity frequencies on 40, 20 and 15 meters (+/-QRM). During the first party the centre frequencies on 80 and 17 meters will not be used.

The objective of the party is to
1) increase the common interest among member societies in emergency communication,
2) test how usable these frequencies are cross the Region 1 and
3) create practices for international emergency communication between Region 1 member societies and special emergency communication groups.

There are also some special stations invited to participate like 4U1ITU, TP2CE and ITU conference station from Turkey.

This is not a contest but an emergency communication exercise! AREN will be participating. Again more details will be published soon.

July 2006 – Emergency Centre of Activity Frequencies

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The National Co-ordinator would like to remind EI amateurs of the Emergency Centre of Activity Frequencies adopted by the IARU Region 1 General Conference 2005. (NB: pdf document)

These are not channels for exclusive Emergency only use, but are preferred, centre frequencies, for such activities.

The centre frequencies are as follows…..

Global 1 Centre of Activity per band:
15m 21,360 kHz
17m 18,160 kHz
20m 14,300 kHz
Region 1 Centre of Activity per band:
40m 7,060 kHz
80m 3,760 kHz

Should you hear emergency traffic in or around these frequencies, you are advised not to transmit unless taking active part in the Emergency traffic net.