The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have asked for an amateur radio emergency communications exercise on September 27 centred on Sarawak in East Malaysia. The IARU member society, the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society (MARTS) and the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), will jointly run the exercise.
It will use the centre of activity emergency frequency 7.110 MHz, near vertical incidence skywave propagation and emphasise the PSK31 digital mode. The scenario is the failure on the Sarawak electricity grid triggered by an abnormal solar flare which also knocks out all telephones.
The exercise is to test the effectiveness of MARTS and ARCS in setting up local and east to west Malaysia communications. To give authorities a better understanding of the message handling capabilities with accuracy and urgency being important, the IARU message format will be used, as it would should a real life event occur. MCMC Chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi from Kuala Lumpur has been invited to witness and take part in this exercise.
MARTS asks that the frequency of 7.110 MHz be kept clear for the exercise on Saturday, September 27.
Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.