Emergency Exercises in Region 3

Hi,
the following information has been received from Johnny Tan 9M8DB about an exercise tomorrow ( Saturday 1 Oct ). It is a very late notification but those make the best tests 🙂

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) requested for an amateur radio emergency communications exercise to be held on October 1, 2016 centred on Sibu, Sarawak in East Malaysia.
IARU member society, Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS) and the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), will jointly run the exercise with participation from Telecommunication companies and the Malaysian Civil Defense.

Since the Indonesian Amateur Radio Society is using the COA  frequency of 7.110 Mhz for their current emergency communications. Subject to no QRM being caused, the exercise will use 7.125 MHz (All Modes ± 5 KHz) , using near vertical incidence skywave propagation and with emphasis on the PSK31 digital mode.

The exercise is to test the effectiveness of MARTS and ARCS in setting up both local and East to West Malaysia communications to give the authorities a better understanding of our amateur radio message handling capabilities with accuracy and speed, the IARU message format will be used, as it would in a real life event.

The MCMC Chairman from Kuala Lumpur will witness and take part in this exercise. MARTS requests that the frequency of 7.125 MHz be kept clear for the exercise on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Note:

CoA frequencies are as below :

Emergency CoA frequency 3.600 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency frequency 7.125 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 14.300 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 18.160 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )

Emergency CoA frequency 21.360 MHz ( All Modes ± 5 KHz )”

73,
Greg, G0DUB
IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator

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IARU Region 2 – Hurricane Newton

Joaquin Solana XE1R the News Editor of IARU Region 2 reports that Category 1 Hurricane Newton is entering the Baja California peninsula.
FMRE’s Emergency Communication Net asks radio amateurs to keep 7.060 and 7.130 kHz clear for emergency communications traffic.

73,

Greg, G0DUB
IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator

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Italian earthquake 24 Aug

​Amateur radio active in Italian earthquake.
Following the magnitude 6.2 earthquake which struck central Italy on 24 August killing 38 people, Italian radio amateurs are active in the emergency response. 

Please keep 7060kHz clear along with other Emergency CoA frequencies in the 80 and 40m bands for emergency communications within Italy. 

No external assistance is required at this time. The Italian radio amateur groups are following their planned response with their government. 

Any requests for information on missing persons should be made via the Red Cross or other recognised relief organisations.

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Caribbean Tropical Storm Earl – Emergency Activities

Tropical Storm Earl is currently heading across Central America affecting the countries of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. IARU Region 2 has requested that attention is drawn to the following frequencies used by nets in North and Central America to track and deal with the consequences of these severe weather events. Radio Amateurs in Region 2 play their part in gathering and distributing information for the weather and emergency services as they do every year.

Radio Amateurs in Region 1 are reminded it is possible to cause unintentional QRM to these nets so please listen carefully if operating near these frequencies which have alerted due to Tropical Storm Earl:

Mexico: 7.060 & 3.690 MHz
Guatemala: 7.075 MHz
Belize: 7.177MHz
USA Hurricane Watch Net: 14.325 MHz

For the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season, Radio Amateurs are reminded of the following frequencies which have been notified from previous seasons:

Caribbean Emergency & Weather Nets: 7.162 & 3.815 MHz
Eastern Caribbean Narrow Band Emergency System Net: 7.036 MHz USB (Olivia & MT63)
Caribbean Emergency: 14.185 MHz
Republica Dominicana: 7.065 & 3.780 MHz
Cuba: 7.045, 7.080, 7.110, and 3.740 MHz
Central America: 7.090 & 3.750 MHz
Nicaragua: 7.098 MHz
Panama: 7.085 MHz

USA:
Maritime Mobile Service Net: 14.300 MHz
Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN): 14.265 MHz

Other local emergency communications groups may also activate if a hurricane approaches their area and those frequencies would be announced at the time.

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