Posts Tagged ‘India’

Communication outages filled by Indian hams

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

When the powerful Cyclone Hudhud swept into the Bay of Bengal coastal areas of India disaster authorities called on radio amateurs to help out.

National Coordinator for Disaster Communication, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU said,

“In Odissa there are six hams working hard to maintain the communication covering the state. The effect of Hudhud is now reduced and few deaths have been reported.”

The media claimed that at least six deaths had occurred.

That was good news for Odissa because locals feared the bad weather could be a repeat of the very severe storm Phailin in 2013.

Before Hudhud with winds up to 200 km/h made landfall damaging buildings, power systems and the loss of communication in many areas, thousands of people
were evacuated to shelters.

While the worst of strong winds and heavy rain is over, the cyclone can still cause flash flooding and further damage. A full assessment must wait until the storm moves completely on.

Jayu VU2JAU said that active from the Bhuvaneshwar area are Preeti VU3UFX, Rajesh VU3PLP and Samir VU2AOR.

In the Sambalpur area are Dilip VU2DPI who is control of a network of Shantanu VU2SIC and Pawan VU2PGU.

These have been on air using 7140 MHz and have kept their stations open 24 hours a day.

In the Andhra coastal area the total communication is handled by the National Institute of Amateur Radio, and is now under control.

Jayu VU2JAU from the IARU member Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI), is monitoring emergency traffic from his home QTH in Gwalior.

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

India blackout affects millions.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Received from Greg Mossop, G0DUB IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator:

In the world's worst blackout in recent times power was cut to 700 million
people in India.

Jayu Bhide VU2JAU reports that the North-East grid failed due to a fault
in the plant and 20 states were affected by the power failure. Work to restore
the power was in progress.

National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in India, Jayu VU2JAU said
that New Delhi had its power cut for 12 hours yesterday.

He said in the evening power was restored to some parts of Delhi and the
surrounding areas. The work to restore was still in progress.

"Hams in and around the affected areas were ready for the emergency communication
required during power cuts," said Jayu VU2JAU. 

They provided emergency communications during the outage, all voice repeaters
were in order and did not fail despite the heavy duty back-up power needed.

He said, "Hams will still be on their toes until complete power is restored."

Further reports on the crisis are expected later. Luckily, said Jayu VU2JAU,
"Everything went well and no major casualty was reported".

Up to 20 of India's 28 states were plunged into darkness as suppliers failed
to meet the growing demand caused by air-conditioning units, flat-screen
TVs and other gadgets.

Hundreds of trains failed, traffic lights were out, surgical operations cancelled,
and underground miners were trapped when their lifts broke down. The blackout
raised concern about India's infrastructure.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee
and Jayu Bhide VU2JAU, National Coordinator for Disaster Communication in
India)