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The latest from Japan

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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

The amateur radio activity is continuing to help those mainly within the
disaster recovery area struck by the worst earthquake in Japan in 140 years.

IARU Region 3 Secretary, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP said "several stations are
handling medium distance information exchange on 7.030/7.043 MHz. The
operation in VHF and UHF bands becomes more active than in earlier days.
About 250 transceivers with JARL licenses are used for communications
between various refugee rest places and local government offices.

Two sets of 430 MHz repeaters have also been delivered to the disaster
area and they are operational now to enhance the existing repeaters
coverage and provide easier communications between hand-held transceivers."

The big earthquake, now graded at nine on the Ritcher scale, and followed
by a tsunami hit north-eastern Japan on 11 March, and crippled a nuclear
power facility. More than 13,500 have been killed.

The headquarters station of the Japan Amateur League (JARL) in Tokyo,
JA1RL became a disaster communication centre in the days immediately
after the disaster.

Ken JA1CJP said, "It should be noted that some towns are so heavily
disrupted that the local government offices are also in the refugee
centres and the residents are staying in multiple places. In such
cases, amateur radio can contribute a lot to maintain the ties
between the local government and residents."

In the long haul the emergency communications to be provided through
amateur radio, as the disruption to normal life will continue for
some considerable time to come.

A presentation on the Japanese earthquake triple disaster will be
made at the GAREC 2011 in Sun City, South Africa, in August this year.

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

Japan triple disaster the latest

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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

As misery continues since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident hit north-eastern Japan on 11 March, the police death toll has reached 11,603 dead and 17,258 missing.

The headquarters station of the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) in Tokyo, JA1RL became a disaster communication centre in the days immediately after the disaster.

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3 Secretary, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP reports that they transmitted rescue requests including the needs of refugee centre facilities down to the basics of electricity, water and gas supplies.

Ken JA1CJP said that hand-held VHF and UHF transceivers are now being delivered to the local disaster relief centres.

“The equipment is being used to establish VHF/UHF networks for refugee centres and local disaster relief,” he said.

HF communications for disaster relief are still being operated occasionally by some volunteer radio amateurs, but JARL HQ stations were off the air by Friday, 25 March.

“JARL expresses its appreciation to all radio amateurs for their cooperation to keep 7.030MHz clear for disaster relief communications,” said Ken JA1CJP.

While relief efforts continue, concerns are still being expressed about the crippled Fukushima plant that is the worst nuclear accident in Japan’s history. The crisis has still not been overcome. It’s a worrying time for the plant damaged by the earthquake and tsunami – measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale and the worst for that nation in 140-years.

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

Japan Earthquake current status

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

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

Well, our HQ station JA1RL is in stand-by state since March 22, but the JARL ARES center staff are busy to handle preparation and shipment of radios for disaster area.

Instead of JARL stations, some volunteer stations are still operating on 7.030 to provide support for disaster area. I listened to this frequency on March 22 and the number of messages exchanged were not so many comparing with the first week after eqrthquake.

It is low profile but disaster communications are still maintained on 7.030 at lest during day time in Japan.

I will let you people know when JARL ARES center announces the termination of disaster communications on 7.030.

73 de JARL International
Ken Yamamoto/JA1CJP ”

Since there is still disaster communications on 7030 and they are not such well known callsigns as the JARL ones I will not post a notice about 7030 back to normal use until Ken provides more information.

Pacific Coast of America and Tsunami

Monday, March 21st, 2011

After the Tsunami originated by the Japan Earthquake on Friday, March 11, 2011; then several American countries began to issue warning, to their populations located near the Pacific Coast.

Marco Loarca, TG9ANM, ECAG AREA D of IARU R2; reported that during these day, the CRAG (Club de Radio Aficionados de Guatemala), was able to maintain communication via VHF- UHF with radio operators located near the Pacific of Guatemala.

Jorge Sierra, LU1AS, ECAG Area G of IARU R2, reported that RECNA (Red Chilena Nor Austral), monitored the frequency 7.070 and from 17:00 local hours, the VHF-UHF Network was activated.

Daniel Lamoureux VE2KA, reported that there has been no damage from the Tsunami, on Western Coast of Canada.

A.R.E.S (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) of the Central California Coast, Santa Cruz County,on Friday, March 11, 2011, approximately 08:00 AM PST, reported the follows:

Sirens wailed and reverse 911 alerted residents in low lying beach zones of Santa Cruz County today for the impending danger of the Tsunami released as a result of the 8.9 earthquake in Japan.

Early Friday morning the Santa Cruz County A.R.E.S. Team activated the Santa Cruz County Tsunami Resource Net in advance of the anticipated 5 to 7 foot wave. It was expected to reach the Santa Cruz Coast around 8:00 AM.

More than 30 local A.R.E.S. radio operators staffed and manned served agencies including the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center, Evacuation Centers, The Red Cross, Salvation Army Corp Canteen Truck One, Santa Cruz County Harbor Coast Guard Auxiliary and a number of local Fire Departments.

In addition to the served agencies, a number of hams provided remote observation of the coast line and communications capabilities at the evacuation centers.

As expected, the devastating Tsunami waves impacted the coast and did an estimated 15 million dollars of damage to the Santa Cruz Harbor. More than 100 boats, including fishing vessels, pleasure boats and yachts, were either damaged or sunk as a result of the waves.

Santa Cruz was not alone in receiving significant damage as a result of the powerful waves. Crescent City, located approximately 500 miles North of Santa Cruz, also received heavy damage causing Governor Brown to declare these areas disaster zones. One person died as a result of being swept out to sea with the high waves.

73
Cesar Pio Santos A. HR2P
EMCOR of IARU R2
http://www.iaru-r2.org/

First week of Japan disaster

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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

JARL HQ station JA1RL and other amateur stations are maintaining the effort to support disaster relief operation which is being captured by audio and vision.

IARU Region 3 Secretary, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP said in less damaged areas, the power supply is being restored gradually and local amateur radio club members have started to establish stations at shelters either on HF, VHF or UHF bands.

Ken Yamamoto said, “The radio amateurs in the affected areas are also making use of UHF repeaters for communications between shelters and local disaster relief centres.

“According to reports from the shelters, they are generally shortages of food, drinking water, fuel and medical goods. This is mainly due to difficulty of transportation because of road situation and staff shortage.”

He said JA1RL continues to operate under instruction to be an emergency traffic centre. Using the 7 MHz, 144 MHz and 430 MHz bands it is receiving help from JARL members in the affected areas.

Field stations are using various frequencies, including some battery powered and others using small generators. Each is exchanging rescue and disaster relief operation information with JA1RL and others.

While 3525, 7030, 7043 and 7075 have been mentioned as in use, it’s wise to keep those, and all of the Centre of Emergency frequencies clear of normal and non-urgent traffic. There is no call for additional foreign radio amateurs.

Ken JA1CJP notes that JARL has received many e-mail messages from radio amateur radio societies and individual hams of many nations and territories in all six continents.

“These messages convey their condolences, sympathies and prayers for the people in Japan. JARL appreciates them very much and is encouraged by them,” he said.

“I have also picked up some update information from news sources. The situation is getting worse. On March 17, police announced 5,178 people have been killed and 8,913 are missing. The numbers are sharply rising as most affected areas become accessible by search and rescue teams,” he said.

The teams are from Australia, China, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, USA, Germany, Switzerland and Russia.

The status of Fukushima nuclear plant is still serious and local residents within 20km radius have been evacuated.

It has been a week since the 8.9 on the Richter scale quake, the worst in 140 years, hit off Sendai triggering a ten-metre tsunami.

Statements issued by Vertex Standard Yaesu said its centre at Fukushima was currently out of action, while Icom and Kenwood are located elsewhere and not suffered the same outage. No reports have been received from other manufacturers at this time.

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

Japan Earthquake – update 4

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

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

Earthquake disaster facts emerge

Japan remains under its worst threat to an ever rising toll, widespread destruction, power, fuel and water shortages follow the massive earthquake, tsunami and failed 40-year old nuclear power station.

IARU Region 3 Secretary, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP said the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) HQ station JA1RL and other amateur stations are maintaining their effort to support the disaster relief operation.

Ken JA1CJP said, “In less damaged areas, the electric power supply is being restored gradually and local amateur radio club members have started to establish stations at shelters.”

The information is being coordinated as part of an organised rescue and relief effort. It seems likely to continue for some weeks and months to come. The 8.9 on the Richter scale quake hit off north-eastern Sendai and triggered a ten-metre tsunami on Friday.

Ken JA1CJP quoting local news sources said, “The situation is getting worse. On March 15, police announced that 2,414 people have been killed (up from 1,627 24 hours earlier) and 3,118 are reported missing (about double in the same period). “Some 55,380 houses/buildings were damaged by the earthquake and 3,000 houses washed away by the tsunami.”

Rescue teams have arrived and started their activities in the affected areas. They came from many nations including Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, China, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Russia.

In all the Japanese government has received help from 91 nations and territories and nine international organisations.

Ken JA1CJP said another worry is leakage of radio-active gasses at the Fukushima nuclear plant which was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

A shortage of fuel, disruption  to rail and road transport have been reported from many affected areas still recovering from the worst earthquake in 140 years followed by a widespread tsunami that swept away so much.

JA1RL continues to operate under instruction to be an emergency traffic centre and increasingly receiving help from JARL members in the affected area. It is using the 7 MHz SSB, 144 MHz SSB/FM and 430 MHz SSB/FM.

Many other stations are active and are using various frequencies including some battery powered and others using small generators to exchange rescue and disaster relief operation information with JA1RL and others.

While 3525, 7030, 7043 and 7075 have been mentioned as in use, it’s wise to keep those and all of the Centre of Emergency (CoA) clear of normal and non-urgent traffic. There is no call for additional foreign radio amateurs.

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

Japan Earthquake – update 3

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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

Situation worsens after triple disasters hit Japan.

Damage following the worst earthquake in 140 years and a tsumani that wiped away part of north-east Japan, comes news of power outages caused by major trouble at a nuclear power station.

Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP reports that according to police information as of 10am local time on March 14, the death toll is 1,627 and the reported missing person count is 1,720.

“It is only the official count and the number is still expected to increase. Thousands of bodies are reported to have been found on the coast of the tsunami suffered area,” he said.

A Miyagi prefecture source says that the death toll will be in the order of ten thousands in that prefecture alone.

The 8.9 on the Richter scale quake hit off north-eastern Sendai durning the late afternoon on Friday March 11, and triggered a ten-metre tsunami.

At the request of Central Emergency Communication Committee,  Ken JA1CJP, the IARU Regional 3 Secretary, said the JARL is operating its HQ station JA1RL in Tokyo, and regional HQ stations.

Earlier it was reported that JA1RL was using 7 MHz SSB, 144 MHz SSB/FM and 430 MHz SSB/FM.

He said, “Many other radio amateurs are thanked for providing information and exchanging support to the rescue and disaster relief operations. Those who can operate in the affected areas are providing a lifeline for rescue teams and those at local shelters. Some stations are operating with car batteries and others with engine generators.”

Ken JA1CJP said, “Another problem is the nuclear power plant where the water supply system failure caused overheating of the nuclear fuel bar. That causessome radioactive gas release from the plant and people have been evacuated from the surrounding area.”

The earthquake also damaged electric power generation plants fuelled by oil or natural gas, resulting in a shortage of electricity.

Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to stop supplying power to certain parts of its service area on rotation basis to cut power consumption. This shortage of power may also stop or restrict the operation of the train systems around Tokyo.

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

Japan Earthquake/Pacific Tsunami Update 1

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

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

More information has become available about the effects and response to the earthquake which struck off the coast of Honshu Japan around 05:46UTC Friday 11th March causing extensive damage to the country and also triggering Tsunami waves and warnings across the Pacific.

Jim Linton VK3PC, IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications committee Chairman relayed the following,

From the JARL building headquarters the newly appointed secretary Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, reports that the building shook quite strongly, but no serious damage was caused.

“With regard to Amateur Radio activity in the affected areas, we are not aware of any so far,” he said.

“It seems that the communications infrastructure has survived the quake and is in working order in regard to priority communications.”

There are broadcast media reports that cellphone and landline telephone services are disrupted and there are wide area power outages but the emergency services are working well. Icko Suzuki, JA1BPA, of Tokyo, told the ARRL that in Japan, emergency communications activities and support normally occur on 40 meters and on VHF, “so normal DX bands should not be affected.”  As well as the IARU Region 3 Emergency CoA frequencies, the ARRL report that Amateur Radio operators from Japan may also use 7.130, 14.230 and 21.230 MHz for emergency communications.

The tsunami waves are still propagating across the Pacific ocean with variable effects, some countries are spared while others are observing significant waves and some property damage.

In North America, some parts of California observed waves of up to 1-2m while other areas had less than 1m waves.  In the USA the only nets known to be operating at the moment are the Oregon ARES®/RACES net on 3.964 MHz and SATERN on 14.265 MHz.

The waves should reach Peru around 0251UTC 12th March but the continuing aftershocks in the area of Japan leave the possibility of further tsunami warnings being issued.

Other than the nets mentioned, there does not seem to be any wide area emergency communications by amateur radio but it would still be appreciated if extra care was taken to avoid any emergency traffic until  the situation becomes clearer.

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

Japan Earthquake/Pacific Tsunami

Friday, March 11th, 2011

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

A series of earthquakes has struck off the coast of Honshu Japan around 05:46UTC today causing extensive damage to the country and also triggering Tsunami waves and warnings across the Pacific.

At this time there are no reports of amateur radio involvement in the disaster response but it would be appreciated if extra care was taken to avoid any emergency traffic. The IARU Region 3 Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies are;

3600 kHz
7110 kHz
14300 kHz
18160 kHz
21360 kHz

The situation is developing as it can take many hours for a tsunami wave to cross the Pacific ocean, more information will be provided when it is available.