Cesar Pio Santos HR2P relayed news from the FRC of Cuba that they will be activating their emergency communications networks ready for the arrival of Tropical Storm ‘Delta’. The networks will be active from 1400UTC listening on the frequencies: 7110 kHz and 7120 kHz day and night; as well as at frequencies 3720 kHz and 3740 kHz at night. Clear frequencies would be appreciated to allow any emergency traffic.
Info HR2P and CO2JC.
As hurricane Lorenzo approaches the Azores the emergency network has been activated.
Amateur Radios will be active with the Government and emergency response teams.
Local analog and DMR repeaters, both in VHF and UHF, satellites and HF.
We ask all stations to give way for emergency traffic coming in and out of the Azores islands (CU, CQ8, CR8, CS8 and CT8 prefixes).
VHF – Priority Communication Systems (Repeaters) – Faial Island
1 – VHF Repeater (R0) (Cabeço Gordo): 145,600; Shift: -600KHz; Tone: 123hz (coverage Faial Island, Pico and S.Jorge)
2 – VHF (R7) repeater (Pico Verde): 145,775; Shift: -600KHz; Tone: 123hz (west side cover Faial island)
3 – UHF Repeater (Cabeço Gordo): 438,800; Shift: -7.6MHz; Tone: 123hz
4 – Alternative: direct frequency 145,500
UHF – DMR Digital Repeater
DMR Repeater – Faial Island (east side coverage of Faial Island and west of Pico Island)
RX Frequency: 438.300 TX Frequency: 430.700MHz
Slot2 – TG 26867 (Faial)
Slot1 – TG268 for outdoor communications
HF – Inter-Island Links
1 – 80 meters – 3,760.00 Mhz. – 3,770.00 Mhz. – 3,750.00 Mhz. (Inter-islands)
2 – 40 meters – 7,110.00 Mhz. – 7,100.00 Mhz. – 7,060.00 Mhz. (Inter-island)
3 – 20 meters – 14,300.00 Mhz. – 14,310.00 Mhz. – 14,320.00 Mhz. (Communications with the outside)
The following information was received from the IARU Region 3 Emergency Communications Co-Ordinator.
Dear ham fellows on R3,
Please be informed that tsunami was happened last evening, Dec 22nd, around 2130 local time
At least 43 people have been killed and 584 injured after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say. The country’s disaster management agency says two people are missing, and hundreds of buildings were damaged. It says the possible cause of the tsunami was undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted.
The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean. The deaths were reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions. The disaster management agency warned that the death toll is likely to rise further, adding that high seas as a result of the full moon may also have contributed to the strength of the waves.
The Ham Radio in Banten Province, has already take position to support the Emcomm,
The emergency frequency for VHF will be announced soon, but for HF as usual Orari will use 7.110 MHz
73 Dani YB2TJV DCC R3
October 13/14 is a busy weekend in IARU Region 1 with two major exercises and at least one emergency happening.
In Oman Younis A41MA reports that as Tropical Storm Luban heads towards Oman and Yemen the National Committee of Civil Defence has deployed resources to the South of the country ready to deal with the flooding predicted to hit the area. An initial four amateur radio volunteers are present to help provide links to any isolated locations. This operation is initially on VHF but HF is ready to be used if required. Storms in this area generally go under-reported but are just as severe as other disasters with the previous two tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea claiming nearly 300 lives.
In Spain their ‘Field Day 2018’ exercise takes place today ( 13th October ) with a focus on Net Control activities. HF is expected to be in use on 7110, 7145, 7175 and 14315kHz. Winlink and VHF/DMR will also be used. Full details are available at https://emergencias.ure.es/field-day-2018/ .
Finally Radio Amateurs in Romania are participating in an European Community Exercise in their country. ModEx 2018 will call for the use of 3710 and 7130kHz along with VHF/DMR, full information is at https://www.radioamator.ro/info.php?id=795 .
All exercises and actual emergencies should be expected to identify as ’emergency exercise’ or ‘exercise’ on the air. When these events are watched by representatives from our Administrations it is important that Amateur Radio is seen positively so please allow the operators room to operate.