Posts Tagged ‘typhoon’

Super typhoon clean-up underway

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Six people have been killed and more than 380,000 evacuated as Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (locally Nina) cut a path through the Philippines, with the Ham Radio Emergency (HERO) net activated in advance.

The Christmas Day disaster cut power to five provinces, downed trees, caused widespread damage, and dimmed the festive occasion in Asia’s largest Catholic nation.

The slow moving typhoon made landfall seven times from Sunday evening until noon on Monday. Jojo Vicencio DU1VHY says: “A truly commendable job was done by many radio amateurs who not only gave up their traditional Christmas activities, but some had to stop transmissions because they were in the storm path.”

In the Catanduanes were Sider DU4SLT of ARCC, Dexter DU4DXT and Joseph DV4PGS Joseph of ISLACOM, with other groups in Bicol and Samar-Leyte. All were on HF, and VHF communications were also active.

Jojo DU1VHY says as the typhoon first made landfall some network stations were off air, with weather reports for Catanduanes of sustained winds in excess of the 200kph mark.

Then gradually stations came back giving reports of the terrible damage that had occurred in their areas. As the typhoon swept along the Southern Tagalong areas it made landfall several times. Mannduque was badly hit too, as reported by HERO.

Jojo DU1VHY says: “It created a large swath of destruction and debris – uprooted and fallen trees and posts, landslides, impassable roads and other damage. Even our own HEROs were not spared.”

The reports were quickly gathered by the network and relayed to authorities, some tuned in to the HERO net themselves.

“The HEROs persisted. To get back on air, primarily to update the network of hams is truly admirable,” he said.

One such station when asked for his immediate needs after the typhoon had passed, replied simply that he was coping OK, and then gave accounts of what had happened.

Jojo DU1VHY says: “It has now become a reality that our emergency calling frequency is the most listened to during disaster. Government operators listened in, and some even revealed their presence.

“Armed Forces station Peacemaker in Catarman, for example, broke into the frequency looking for a counterpart station also in Northern Samar.

“An NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) volunteer operator made his presence felt saying they were also monitoring.”

The Office of Civil Defence (OCD) has two stations that constantly visited the HERO net. From Leyte to Quezon the HERO communications on 7.095 MHz never faltered.

Jojo DU1VHY says: “Thank you to all those who willingly parted with their Christmas time to be of service to others. We all must continue to hone our communications skills to meet and be prepared for the future.”

About 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, with emergency communications to the community and other agencies provided by the HERO network.

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

Super Typhoon in Philippines Southeast

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

The alerts are out as a powerful late-season typhoon Nock-ten (Nina
local name), with PARA activating the Ham Emergency Radio Operations
(HERO) as it is to make landfall.

Roberto Vicencio DU1VHY reports the effects are being felt in the south
eastern portion of the Philippines with Typhoon Cyclone Warning Signals
raised in the Southern Luzon and the Bicol Region.

The HERO network is using 7.095 MHz nationally while each local club is
on the 2-metre band.

Authorities have urged hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their
homes on coastal areas with winds up to 240 kph, but the typhoon was
expected to weaken over land.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services
Administration forecast a storm surge in parts of the country, along
with heavy rains and flooding.

The typhoon was projected to weaken as it passed over the central area
including the capital Manila.

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

Great efforts by Philippine hams

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The emergency communications provided by hams continues as the devastating Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby) moves slowly across the Philippines.

Thelma Pascua DU1IVT, Philippines Amateur Radio Society (PARA) Chief Operating Officer reports that both 7.095 MHz and 144.740 MHz is in use by the Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network.

“As Typhoon Hagupit enters its third day ham operators continue to provideessential traffic as the storm progresses through Philippine territory,” she said.

PARA, the IARU member society, has sent requests to the neighbouring ORARI in Indonesia, and JARL in Japan, asking for help to publicise the need for all operators to steer clear of the 40 metre frequency used for emergency traffic.

Thelma DU1IVT said, “A HERO volunteer and RADNET-5 President Ronald Madera DW5NLH from Tacloban advised that the Oras West Elementary School used as evacuation centre in Eastern Samar has collapsed, resulting in injuries to evacuees. A rescue team was despatched and this event was to be covered by a news team.”

At the height of the typhoon there were no HERO volunteers in the provincial capital of Borongan. That shortage resulted in a HERO request via Captain Rick Catungal DV6RCC, an Army Captain managing disaster communications in Capiz, and through the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Metro Manilla.

Gil Lappay 4F2KWT helped in providing contacts with a relay of messages were needed until the request was received.

Confidence that the HERO network could adequately handle all emergency traffic was shown by around 150 stations that checked in.

As the typhoon was on the move, hams reported the weather and any other developments into the emergency net.

The net controllers are Romy Isidro DU1SMQ (PARA District 1 Manager), Jojo Vicencio, DU1VHY (PARA Secretary General and National Traffic System Chairman) and Thelma Pascua DU1IVT (PARA Chief Operating Officer).

The HERO network running basically from 7am and 7pm has 2pm roll calls to know each station’s reception capabilities at differing propagation.

“We are confident that emergency traffic will be adequately serviced,” she said.

At the request of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), radio amateurs set up at the NTC Central Office that identifies as DX1NTC.

The task of manning the station is given to PARA affiliate club ACER (DX1ER). The initial operators include Raul DU1VFS, Mike, DW1VJD and a good CW operator, Conrad, DU1TDG. Helping to keep that team in action with provisions and logistics are Nards DU1LC, Joe, DU1IL and other ACER members.

The NTC regional offices have also set up stations. From NTC Region 3 Alex DU3AL, Bong DU3BS, Ka Diego DU3DYG; Region 6 assisted by the Panay Amateur Radio Club and PARA District 6 Manager Ned DU6NE with the constant monitoring of Bobby DU6BG.

Other stations were reporting local conditions. Nanding DW5OCF on Ormoc City, Southern Leyte; Jay DV7JAY, Sidney DW7EEE and DW7EQN on Cebu; Art DV7DRG at Dumaguete City with the rest of NORAD 7 members; embedded members in the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Operations Centre (OpCen), Edmund DV7DTE, Ivan DV7DRP reporting wind conditions in Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental – all the way to the Bicol area with DX4CN embedded in the Daet Camarines Norte National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reporting efforts with Lito DU4DF in Naga City.

Ditoy, DW1OZR is reporting from Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro, on the evacuation efforts in a precautionary measure, prior to the typhoon making landfall in Mindoro.

The typhoon is expected to make a six (6) landfalls before it eventually exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

ACCESS-5 members 4Nelson, DW5MGB and Edgar DV5EST will be going to Borongan Eastern Samar to set up HF communications on 7.095 MHz and VHF. Mario 4F5MM and Jerick 4F5JMS will be going to Catarman, Northern Samar as part of the assessment team from the Office of Civil Defence.

Nathan DU5AOK was able to talk to Mayor Mabalcon of Paranas, Samar earlier in the day and the Mayor said “the presence of many volunteers is very encouraging”.

Lester DV5PO is reporting about Borongan, Eastern Samar. His report will be vital to those awaiting his assessment of the aftermath in his area.

Other hams are embedded in the different disaster and risk reduction operations centres in the different local government units.

Iver DV6ILA and Arnel DV6WAV are manning the Roxas City operations centre. ACCESS-5 is attached with the Office of Civil Defence, Leyte Province. Vie DU5VIE of RADNET-5 at the Tacloban City CDRRMC operations center. Ton, DW1QGG is embedded as operator with the Marinduque authorities. Dulce, DU4UW is attached to disaster communications at the Sorsogon on the Bicol Peninsula at southern tip of Luzon.

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

Typhoon threatens the Philippines

Friday, December 5th, 2014

More widespread devastation is likely in areas of the Philippines that were hit late last year by Super Typhoon Haiyan, as a new typhoon called Hagupit is over the Pacific Ocean headed for mostly poor communities.

The Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network in advance of Super Typhoon Hagupit.

PARA Chief Operating Officer Thelma Pascua said that the HERO network is well-practised and prepared to meet the emergency communication needs caused by the severe weather event.

“We urge amateur radio operators to monitor but keep clear 7.095 MHz +/- for only emergency traffic,” Thelma said.

The typhoon is already generating wind gusts of 240 kilometres an hour, with forecasters predicting it to intensify and make landfall on eastern islands.

A high alert has been issued and thousands of families told to evacuate.

The HERO network on 7.095 MHz has been involved with situation reports and other activities.

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

Typhoon Rammasun death toll climbs

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

About 20 people are dead and many left homeless after Typhoon Rammasun, which means ‘thunder of god’, hit the Philippines.

With winds and heavy rain it closed the capital of Manila on Wednesday, before moving north-west out to the South-China Sea.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association President, Thelma Pascua DU1IVT, activated the Ham Emergency Radio Operator (HERO) network on 7095 kHz. It worked closely with other responding agencies.

The storm on Tuesday and Wednesday resulted in the evacuation of thousands of people, closed businesses, schools, 60 flights were cancelled and ferry traffic halted.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed to the south of Manila after moving through the eastern islands of the archipelago to bring down trees and power lines, caused electrocutions and blackouts.

Thelma DU1IVT reported that in Manila she had winds of 150-185kph for hours. At least 40 provinces and cities were under a storm alert.

The government took every precaution to minimise the deaths. Super Typhoon Haiyan last November killed at least at least 6,300 people and 1,000 are still missing.

About 20 storms reach the Philippines each year making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone areas.

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

Typhoon alert – frequencies in use

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) has activated its Emergency Net to monitor tropical typhoon Rumba (Phils codename Gorio) as it traverses the Eastern Visayas Region in the general direction of the Bicol and NCR regions.

Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) operators are using 7.095 MHZ as the emergency calling frequency.

PARA is therefore requesting neighboring ham operators and their national associations for their utmost understanding and cooperation to stand clear of the frequency until the emergency net is stood down.
Ramon J Anquilan, DU1UGZ
PARA Vice COO