Posts Tagged ‘Philippines’

Tropical Storm Quinta

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Sunday, 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)

Disaster recovery helped by Amateur Radio

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

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

The radio amateur community was prepared when a super typhoon unleashed its
fury on the Philippines, uprooting trees, snapping power lines, sparking
landslides, cancelling flights and ferries sending 40,000 people to shelters.

Claiming more than 200 human lives, it was the strongest of 16 typhoons in
the country this year, as Pablo (internationally named Bopha) had heavy rain
and wind gusts up to 210km/h.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) had emergency communications
on 40 metres 7095 MHz and VHF as the typhoon made landfall on Tuesday at
North Davao in Mindanao. It left a large footprint of damage before exiting
the country.

PARA is disappointed that its emergency use of 7095 MHz was not honoured
by other radio amateurs, who disturbed its operation by testing equipment
on air, tuning up, sending digital signals and sometimes even trying to make
contact as if it was a DX activity.

A standard text will clearly identify emergency nets in future, as a worldwide
reminder is issued not to QRM emergencies or training exercises.

With the typhoon now leaving the area of country's area of responsibility,
the PARA HERO activity is now closed.'

National Traffic System Co-chairman, Roberto C. Vicencio DU1VHY said he thanked
everyone who participated in the endeavour, and they did very well, exceeding
all expectations. 

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee)

Typhoon Bopha

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

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

Hams provide emergency communications

Typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) has hit The Philippines uprooting trees,
downing power lines, sparking landslides and making 40,000 people head for shelters.

It was the strongest of about 20 typhoons to affect the country this year with
its heavy rain and wind gusting up to 210km/h as it came ashore at Mindanao.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) had its ham emergency
radio operations (HERO) working when the typhoon struck the southern Philippines.

PARA is using all available means of communication like HF radio (7.095 MHz) VHF radio
(144.740 MHz), the internet and social media (Facebook, email, echolink) to monitor the
situation and give updates to all concerned.

Ham emergency radio operators have been assisting in the communication needs of
these cities (as reported by DW5JMJ, DU5AOK and DU8BGA).

RADNET 5, a local club of amateur radio operators in Tacloban City, is very active in helping
provide the city with vital communications link.

It is in constant coordination with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council
(CDRRMC). So far, 5,700 families have been evacuated from Saint Bernard.

RADNET 5 is also assisting the Red Cross in Tacloban and Saint Bernard. The City
Government of Tacloban City has used the Tacloban Convention Centre as one of its
evacuation centres.

The casualties have been minimal, due to preparations, the cooperation of evacuees and the
mammoth response and recovery. efforts.

(Jim Linton VK3PC, Chair of the IARU Region 3, Disaster Communications Committee, with
PARA Chief Operating Officer Eddie Valdez DU1EV).