30 May 2008

Emergency? Ham radio operators keep talk flowing

by MARY KLAUS, Of The Patriot-News

Jack Dellinger likes modern communications as well as the next fellow.

The York Township resident has seven phones and four computers in his home, and a cell phone always with him.

Yet when it comes to emergencies, Dellinger still depends on the century-old technology known as ham or amateur radio.

"When all else fails, amateur radio is there," said Dellinger, a 27-year ham radio operator who in times of disasters sets up equipment so emergency responders can communicate if or when county radio towers fail. "Amateur radio is ready and willing to serve the community."

During the May 12 earthquake in China, a Chinese ham radio repeater never stopped functioning. Chinese hams headed for the epicenter to set up emergency communications and soon, more than 200 local radio hams were communicating on that repeater.

In the United States, the last major disaster in which ham radios were used was after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the South. Two weeks after the hurricane struck, the American Radio Relay League recruited Dellinger to help provide communications in Hattiesburg, Miss.

"I worked there with the American Red Cross Pennsylvania branch for three weeks," Dellinger said. "We had amateur radio communications between the operations center and mass care center. I also spent a week in one of their emergency response vehicles, where the Red Cross took food to the mass care centers, churches, schools and firehouses. There was no other communications there."

Dellinger said that when disasters sever power and phone lines, the hand-held, battery-operated ham radios can be lifelines. "When phone lines are overloaded or when radio towers are down in power outages, ham radio continues to communicate," he said. "Sometimes, we're all that's left."

He serves as chairman of the Pennsylvania South Central Task Force Amateur Radio Work Group. That 50-member group provides emergency communications services during disasters in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

In Pennsylvania, ham radios have been used during floods and other weather disasters, said Jack Wehr, acting director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Technical Service Bureau. He said PEMA has ham radios in its headquarters and conducts semi-annual drills with hams.

"Ham radios are not yesterday's technology," said Wehr, a ham radio operator for 36 years. "Society today relies on phones so much. When they don't work, people get upset. Ham radios work."

Cell phones can be useful but can't replace ham radios, according to Stephen J. Shaver, Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency director.

"Cell phones are like land-line phones," he said. "They are tied to a device that is close. Ham radios can talk all over the world if necessary. We use ham radios as a backup system to provide a redundant link from our operations center to the operations center of an incident."

Astronauts have ham radios when they go into space as "a backup communications system." Wehr said. "The space stations and the shuttles have amateur radio equipment. Ham radio has been reinvigorated. It's a hobby that is a valuable asset in an emergency."

Jerry Blacksmith of Carlisle, a South Central Task Force ham radio member, said ham radios are most valuable during the first few days of a disaster when communications are so important.

"That's when the American Red Cross has to let people know they are there," he said. "The modern value of amateur radios was proven during Katrina. When other sophisticated systems failed, ham radio was able to provide voice communication."

  • Ham radio is non-commercial, two- way wireless transmission in which messages are sent by voice or Morse code.
  • Participants known as hams use a transceiver to transmit and receive.
  • The power supply can be electric, battery or solar.
  • An antenna is the feed line from the antenna to the radio.
  • Hams also use computer monitors and keyboards or laptops to communicate with one another.
Source: www.pennlive.com

China Earthquake

CQ Magazine's Public Service Editor Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, reports that hams in China have secured their earthquake emergency nets on HF, but note that one or more may be
re-started if needed as a result of continuing aftershocks.

According to the Chinese Radio Sport Association (CRSA) website, personnel and equipment have been removed from the disaster zone, and the frequencies of 7.030, 7.050, 7.060 and 14.270 MHz are no longer in use for emergency communications.

However, International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Disaster Communications Chairman Jim Linton, VK3PC, says the CRSA notes that one or more of those frequencies may be returned to use in the event of further severe aftershocks.

CRSA would like to thank all amateurs around the world who helped keep these frequencies clear for emergency communications, and for the concern of amateurs and amateur radio societies worldwide.

Please note that 7077, 7085, and 7140 kHz continue to be in use for emergency communications by amateurs in Colombia following last weekend's earthquake there.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

29 May 2008


Edited for MAA Safety Committee brief

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and one of the United Nations experts in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985.

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did "duck and cover," and the other ten mannequins used my "triangle of life" survival method. After the simulated earthquake, we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results. The film showed that there would have been zero percent survival for those doing
duck and cover; and 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the
"triangle of life."

This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA, Canada and Latin America on the TV program.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles.

At that time, the children were told to hide under something. Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the "triangle of life". The larger the object, thestronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger thevoid, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured.

The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the "triangles" you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape.


1) Almost everyone who simply "ducks and covers" when buildings collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, thewooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings willbreak into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed
bodies than concrete slabs.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Almost everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the doorjamb falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different "moment of frequency" (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structuralfailure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads - horribly
mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, sta away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the earthquakedoes not collapse the stairs, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8) Get near the Outer Walls of Buildings or Outside Of Them if possible. It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building thegreater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with theslabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Franciscoearthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They couldhave easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their
cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

Spread the word and save someone's life.

Hadi Hussien
IOM Kul Operation
hp:+6 016 21 21 021
did:+6 03 9235 5561

Thanks to 9W2FD


Satu petang bertarikh 28 Mei 2008, satu eyeball bersama 9M2AU, 9M2/V8BDI dengan 9W2BUL telah berlangsung berdekatan dengan base 9M2AU. Walaupun ringkas tapi penuh bermakna memandangkan Abg. Aziz baru keluar dari hospital kerana penyakit radang paru-paru. Dari penglihatan saya, Abg. Aziz susut agak ketara. Saya mendoakan semoga Abg. Aziz cepat sembuh dan pulih seperti sediakala. Dan tak lupa kepada 9W2BUL yang sanggup mengambil saya di Hotel Capitol, Kuala Lumpur. Sambil tu sempat juga ke kedai 9W2MJ, tapi sayang MJ tiada di kedainya. Terima kasih.


Satu Seminar Radio Amatur 2008 akan diadakan sebagaimana berikut:
Tarikh : 31 Mei 2008 (Sabtu)
Masa : 8.30 pg hingga 12.30 tgh
Tempat : Seri Malaysia Kuala Terengganu
Kepada rakan-rakan radio amatur dan SWL adalah dijemput hadir ke seminar tersebut.

28 May 2008

Chinese Officials Give Kudos to Amateur Radio Operators

As disaster recovery efforts continue following the earthquake in the Wenchuan area of China's Sichuan province on May 12, China's Information Office of the State Council reports that the death toll has reached 67,183 persons as of May 27. Communications in some of the surrounding areas were cut off, and communications in some other areas experienced network congestion due to drastically increased traffic. According to the Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) -- the Chinese IARU Member-Society -- Chinese government officials and the news media have recognized that when communications failed after the earthquake, Amateur Radio operators stepped in to provide vital links.

CRSA designated 14.270, 7.050 and 7.060 MHz for emergency communications use during the quake, but these frequencies are now no longer restricted for this use; however, should a severe aftershock occur, CRSA said it will make the call for them to be kept clear again.

On Monday, May 26, China Central Television (CCTV) reported that, "When all other communication means failed, Amateur Radio operators came out! An Amateur Radio emergency communication network was set up, and one of the commanders, Liu Hu [BG8AAS], called for Amateur Radio operators on air to provide services for disaster relief."

Fan Bin, BA1RB, on behalf of CRSA, said, "Thankfully, one main repeater survived during the earthquake. This repeater provided 100 km coverage to Mianyang. Amateur Radio operators from Chengdu, Shenzhen, He'nan went to the center of the disaster area, set up repeaters in Beichuan County and provided various valuable first hand information from the center."

CRSA officials said they hoped to report more detailed information on the role of Amateur Radio emergency communications in the big earthquake at a later date. In the meantime, Fan said, CRSA acknowledged that the main organizer of local Amateur Radio traffic, Luo Minglin, BY8AA, "continuously coordinated VHF/UHF communications for a 100 km radius from Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's province of Sichuan. More repeaters were set up in both Beichuan and Mianyang -- among the worst hit areas outside the epicenter -- to form an effective Amateur Radio communication network."

Zhang Zhen, BG8DOU, said that right after the earthquake, "Two ham radio operators drove to the center of the earthquake area and had a repeater set up by the morning of May 13. This repeater enabled the transmission of rescue instructions and status reports, and was a main communication channel for public use. The repeater carried communications for the Mayor of Mianzhu City who gave orders to those on the front line rescue and recovery activity."

The CRSA said it appreciates the support given by the Amateur Radio community in helping to keep clear the emergency communication frequencies of 7050 kHz, 7060 kHz and 14270 kHz during the critical period after the earthquake: "Thanks for the cooperation and efforts made by all Amateur Radio societies." The radio society also acknowledged having received inquiries and the "warm concerns" of Amateur Radio societies worldwide. -- Information provided by Fan Bin, BA1RB, on behalf of CRSA, via IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee Chairman Jim Linton VK3PC

Source: www.arrl.org/

26 May 2008

Malaysian Special Callsigns

Look for eighteen never-heard-before radio scouting special callsigns to be on air.

In conjunction with the centennial celebration of scouting in
Malaysia and the World Telecommunication & Information Society Day 2008, the Scouts Association of Malaysia have been granted eighteen special event callsigns, 9M1CSx, to stations nationwide.

The callsigns are valid until December 31st, 2008, and will be used for the following on air jamborees in 2008:
Asia Pacific JOTA:
0000z, August 2nd until 2359z, August 3rd
World JOTA:
1800z, October 18th until 2359z, October 19th

The national society, Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS), will provide QSL Bureau service to all of the following 9M1CSx stations. Details are available on: http://jota.scouts.my

The following is the list of special callsigns:
9M1CSA Perak 9M1CSN Negeri Sembilan
9M1CSB Sungai Besar, Selangor 9M1CSP Penang Island
9M1CSC Pahang 9M1CSQ Sarawak
9M1CSD Kelantan 9M1CSR Perlis
9M1CSF Muar, Johor 9M1CSS Sabah
9M1CSI Segamat, Johor 9M1CST Terengganu
9M1CSJ Johor Bahru, Johor 9M1CSW Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
9M1CSK Kedah 9M1CSY Cyberjaya Secondary School
9M1CSM Malacca 9M1CSZ Gombak, Kuala Lumpur

PLEASE NOTE: 9M1CSS is 9M6 and the others are 9M2.
ADDED NOTE: 9M1CSP (9M2 - Penang Group) was active this past weekend during the CQWW WPX CW Contest.

QSL via 9M2 Bureau or 9M2TO: PO BOX 125, GPO 10710, PENANG, MALAYSIA.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

23 May 2008

Hong Kong Radio Amateurs support quake relief efforts

Radio Amateurs in Hong Kong have been sending much needed supplies to assist victims of the Sichaun earthquake.

The Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) website reports that on 18th May members of the Hong Kong Amateur Radio Communications Association - VR2HAM - donated a second batch of food, medicine, communications equipment and other materials.

Pictures can be seen at http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2F

Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) Google Translation http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2F


Source: www.southgatearc.org

Beijing Radio Amateurs assist in Sichuan

At the weekend a team of Radio Amateurs assembled in Beijing before heading to Sichuan to assist in the earthquake relief efforts.

The China Radio Union website reports that on the morning of May 17th the Chinese Amateur Radio Emergency rescue team assembled at the China Science and Technology Museum prior to departing for the earthquake stricken area in Sichuan.

With Ma Huimin BG1RAR, Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) were Cui Zhiqiang BD1IBU, Zhang Jianxin BD1FJP, Li Shourong BD1AIL, Had Xiangning BG1DOT and Zhou BG1IHX.

Pictures of the send off the team were given can be seen at

Source: www.southgatearc.org

21 May 2008

JVC and Kenwood officially hook up

The two Japanese audio equipment makers will combine to form JVC Kenwood Holdings, which will be based in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Victor, a subsidiary of electronics giant Matsushita, is best known for its JVC brand.

Under the agreement, Kenwood Chairman Haruho Kawahara will become the holding company's chairman, while Victor President Kunihiko Sato will become the new company's president.

It came in fits and starts, but the two have finally settled on a merger agreement. It was first discussed last year, and since then the two have agreed to develop future car and home audio systems together.

The new business will focus on car electronics, home electronics, and professional wireless systems, and will also explore new product segments.

The two companies are combining in hopes of reducing costs and scaling their distribution in the already-crowded Japanese consumer electronics market. For the same reason, Victor said last month it would no longer make flat-panel TVs for the Japanese market.



Situation report on China earthquake

The involvement in the Sichuan earthquake disaster of ham radio continues with the latest report that the Red Cross has enlisted the emergency communication skills of radio amateurs.

The IARU radio society, the Chinese Radio Sports Association reports that long distance telephone services were at times congested in the Chengdu area, presumably due to a heavy demand and damage, and it was asked to set up HF station in Chengdu.

Under the callsign BT8RC it established a good channel for the Chinese Red Cross Foundation from Beijing to Chengdu. This is providing communications to enable the relief agency to more effectively carry out its work.

Other cities in the earthquake area had setup or restored VHF and UHF repeaters and amateur radio communication teams to assist with communication.

The Sichuan Radio Sports Association station BY8AA has been helping many others with communication and during one week had an operational log of 300 pages.

The CRSA sends it thanks to the amateur radio community for keeping three frequencies - 7050, 7060 and 14270 kiloHertz clear these are continuing to be used for emergency communications.

The nation of China is in mourning for the estimated 50,000 people killed in the earthquake on the 12th of May which measured eight on the Richter scale.

It is China's most deadliest earthquake in 32 years. More than 245,000 were injured and 2 million homeless.

(Information from wia.or.au sourced to Fanbin/BA1RB via Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman, IARU R3 Disaster Communications Committee)

Source: www.southgatearc.org

18 May 2008

Communicating During and After a Disaster

Even though we cannot predict or prevent earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, or other natural cataclysmic events, we can prepare our families to cope and survive as optimally as possible. Learning what communication options are available during and after a disaster will bring confidence that you can better protect you and your loved ones. Establish a "meeting place" where family members can gather in the event of an emergency. You may want to select a local school or church. In a case where it is not possible to gather, having a common message center is vital.

One of the most important keys to receiving and sending information to family members who may be in various places when a disaster occurs is through an out-of-state contact. This is a friend or relative designated to handle messages should you not be able to call or locate your local family members. While most local private phone lines may be out of order for hours after a disaster strikes, pay phones are usually operable much sooner. The out-of-state contact can receive and relay messages from family members so you will know they are safe.

Tips for Communication

  • Establish in advance who your out-of-state contact will be.
  • Everyone should carry with them a card with the out-of-state contact's name, address, and day and evening phone numbers. Let your children's teachers know who the out-of-state contact is for your family. That way, if your children are at school and you cannot pick them up, school representatives will know whom to relay a message concerning where your children will be taken.
  • Each family member should carry a phone card or enough change for several phone calls.

One woman whose family lives in California has designated her sister who is a stay-at-home mom in Michigan as the out-of-state contact. Family members carry laminated cards in their wallets with the following information: (1) emergency meeting place with the address (outside the home); (2) alternate meeting place and address (outside the neighborhood); and (3) name and day and evening phone numbers of out-of-state contact.

It may be helpful to find out in advance if you have a ham radio operator in your area. They are very helpful and can deliver messages from both private and community sources during and after a disaster. If a pay telephone isn't readily available, and your out-of-state contact is several states away, you can communicate via this type of relay system. Your local ham can contact another ham that will contact another ham, and so on, until they find one within your out-of-state contact's area. The ham operator closest to your contact can then phone the contact and deliver any messages.

A battery-powered or hand crank radio is helpful in monitoring the status of the disaster. Be sure to keep a fresh supply of batteries on hand. Check expiration dates on the batteries and rotate them regularly. Do not keep batteries inside the radio because they expire more quickly and may leak.

When charged, most cell phones are able to call 9-1-1 even when they are not active. It is wise to have a cell phone (even not activated) when traveling or for emergency use.

Emergency kits containing supplies and food to cover a minimum of 72 hours are essential because local and national relief agencies may take three days or longer to get services up and running. It is especially important to have at least one gallon of water per person per day.

Remember that preparation brings confidence. When planning for an emergency, don’t forget that communication with your family members will be especially important. The tips provided in this article will assist you in creating a plan to contact loved ones during unexpected events.

Source: http://cfc.news8.net/

MARES ERT Apprentice

Calling all Short Wave Listener (SWL),

In line to our club objective to promote and provide on a wide scale
of responses in times of disaster or emergency situation, MARES is
now planning to train a new group of apprentice for our Emergency
Response Team (ERT).

All SWLs are cordially invited to volunteer and participate as an
apprentice in our ERT which the training program will be kick-off in
June 2008. MARES is looking for at least 30 active SWL and those that
interested to volunteer, please send your details to 9W2LRT
(9w2lrt@...) or 9W2ROI (9w2roi@...) latest by 24th
May 2008.

Details required as below:

1. Name
2. Handphone Number
3. House Address
4. e-mail address

To MARES 9Ms and 9Ws members who known any SWL that would like to
participate, you are most welcome to introduce them to us by sending
their details.

Thank you,
9w2roi@... Head, MARES ERT

c.c. i. Mr. President - MARES
ii. Council Members - MARES

Source: Website MARES

17 May 2008

Global Satellite Tracking

Global Satellite Tracking:
Spaceweather.com's simple Satellite Tracker has gone global.

The tool now works not only for US and Canadian readers, but also for sky watchers in countries around the world. This development comes as the International Space Station is making bright and frequent nightly apparitions over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia and Australia.

If you live in those areas, give it a try: http://spaceweather.com/flybys

Pollen Coronas:
Warning, this story may make you sneeze. Swarms of springtime pollen in the northern hemisphere are drifting in front of the sun and making multi-colored coronas (rings of light) in the sky.

Unlike circular coronas caused by water droplets in clouds, pollen coronas have strange elliptical shapes dotted by colorful bright patches.

Pictures featured on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com show you what to look for.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

14 May 2008


Satu Seminar RAE 2008 anjuran ASTRA Pantai Timur akan diadakan sebagaimana berikut:

Tarikh : 24 Mei 2008 (Sabtu)
Masa : 0830 pg
Tempat: Bahagian Teknologi Pendidikan Negeri Kelantan, Pengkalan Chepa

Kepada SWL yang akan mengambil RAE Jun ini adalah dijemput hadir.

Pesanan dari 9W2WCL

Hams Called to Action in Aftermath of China Quake

On Monday, May 12 at 0628 UTC, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Sichuan, China. According to the Chinese Radio Sports Association, the Chinese IARU Member-Society, the following frequencies are reserved for emergency services involved in the rescue: 14.270, 7.050 and 7.060 MHz.

The CRSA Web site reports the following:

"On the afternoon of May 12, 2008, Wenchuan Area of China's Sichuan province was struck by an earthquake. Communications in some of the surrounding areas are currently cut off, and communications in some other areas are experiencing network congestion because of drastically increased traffic.

"Chinese Radio Sports Association therefore calls on its members to take actions to ensure their amateur radio stations to operate properly, and to the extent possible stand by on often used short-wave frequencies. If any radio signal is heard from the disaster area, please do your best to understand what is most needed by people in that area and report it to the local government authority. If people in the surrounding areas need to pass messages to their loved ones over the radio, please help them to get in touch and get the messages across as soon as possible.

"Amateur radio stations in the disaster area and surrounding areas if in working conditions should be used unconditionally to assist the local earthquake disaster relief authorities, and subject to permission by the said authorities, to provide communications services to them. For emergency communications purposes, amateur radio stations may also be used to pass messages for local residents on a temporary basis until local telecommunications services resume. Amateur radio stations of all regions should give way to and stand by for emergency communications."

Hams on the Ground

At 1757 UTC on Monday, May 12, Liu Hu, BG8AAS, of Chengdu, a town in the province of Sichuan, reported that a local UHF repeater survived the disaster. "It keeps functioning from the first minute and more than 200 local radio hams are now on that repeater. A group of hams from Chengdu has headed for Wenchuan, the center of the quake, trying to set up emergency communication services there," he said.

Michael Chen, BD5RV/4, said that Yue Shu, BA8AB, also from Chengdu, Sichuan, was reported to be active on the 40 meter emergency frequency on Monday. "Up to now, there has been no further information available from the center zone of the quake. There are a few radio amateurs there, but all of the communications have been cut out, including Amateur Radio," Chen said.

At 1858 UTC, Liu reported that the local UHF repeater in Chengdu "keeps busy running after the quake. It helps to direct social vehicles to transport the wounded from Dujiangyan, Beichuan and other regions. Another UHF repeater also started working in Mianyan, supported by generators, but they are going to face a shortage of gas." Chen said that damage in Chengdu remains in the lowest level, but the situation is "very very bad in the counties around. A few towns are said to be destroyed completely. More than 7000 died in the town of Beichuan. Casualties in several other towns are still unknown and not counted in the published numbers. It is a long and sad day."

At 0831 UTC on Tuesday, May 13, Chen said that a group of radio amateurs is now transmitting from Wenchuan, the center of quake: "Its signal is reported to be very weak. They tried to keep communication with BY8AA, the Sichuan Radio Orienteering Association in Chengdu, seeking for all resources needed. During a contact finished a few minutes ago, they were asking for raincoats, water, tents and outdoor living facilities." -- Information provided by Michael Ye, BD4AAQ, and Michael Chen, BD5RV/4

Source: http://www.arrl.org

Takziah Kepada Keluarga 9W2NIK

Saya ingin merakamkan ucapan takziah kepada keluarga 9W2NIK, Pak Nik yang juga merupakan Timbalan Yang Di Pertua MARES, diatas kehilangan abang beliau, pada pagi 12 Mei 2008, di Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.

Diharapkan, semoga Allahyarham ditempatkan di kalangan orang-orang yang beriman dan beramal soleh.


de 9w2aam

12 May 2008

MARES di Karnival TM

Alhamdulillah dan Terima Kasih

Kepada pihak MARES kerana sudi menyertai dan memeriahkan Karnival anjuran TM bertempat di hadapan Pasar Borong Selangor selama dua hari berturut iaitu pada 10 dan 11 Mei dengan keadaan cuaca yang baik. Antara stesen yang turut sama adalah 9M2AU, 9W2ROI, 9W2TPT, 9W2PRS, 9W2REJ, 9W2MZT, 9W2STT, 9W2FD, 9W2LRT, 9W2ERL, 9W2BBS, 9W2GUZ, 9W2LID, 9W2AJE, 9W2OKU, 9W2HZA dan mungkin beberapa lagi stesen yang saya lupa callsign mereka..harap maaf.

Di Malaysia, tahap kesedaran mengenai kepentingan komunikasi masih rendah jika dibandingkan dengan negara-negara lain. Oleh itu, adalah menjadi salah satu tanggungjawab kita sebagai rakan radio amatur untuk memberikan pendidikan dan kesedaran kepada orang ramai mengenai radio amatur. Dengan mengadakan pameran sebegini , diharapkan agar pengunjung yang singgah ke BOOTH radio amatur mendapat maklumat dan pengetahuan mengenai radio komunikasi.

Tahniah kepada Nurman (9w2NUR) kerana memanfaatkan kegunaan radio amatur sebagai komunikasi kecemasan semasa beliau terperangkap di Gunung Nuang pada 10 Mei yang lalu. Ini secara langsung memberikan gambaran baik kepada orang ramai di Malaysia.

Berikut adalah gambar semasa Karnival ehsan dari 9W2MZT:

Disedut dari 9W2PRO.
"Saving Lives Through The Airwaves" de 9W2AAM

Radio Amatur Jadi Penyelamat

Masuk berita, boleh tengok kat link di bawah. Thanks a lot 9W2TPT.


Radio Amatur jadi Penyelamat - Tahniah dan terima kasih

Terima kasih dan jutaan tahniah diucapkan kepada seluruh warga radio amateur khususnya kepada MARES yg diketuai oleh 9M2AU, PRADAS yg diketuai oleh 9W2SGE dan 9W2IYZ dan 9W2PCD sebagai relay station, Jeep Auto di ketuai oleh Najib utk bantuan 4X4, dan lain-lain rakan yg tak tertulis di sini kerana telah berjaya memberi satu respond yg cepat terhadap panggilan kecemasan dari seorang rakan amatur i.e. 9W2NOR yg juga salah seorang pendaki atas kejadian di Gunung Nuang, Sabtu malam - awal pagi Ahad yg lepas. Bagaimanpun semua koordinasi rescue dilakukan oleh JPA-3.

Kejadian tersebut telah disiarkan oleh berita utama dgn tajuk 'Radio Amateur jadi penyelamat' dan Nighline dgn tajuk ' Walkie-talie make a save' malam semalam. Sesungguhnya publisiti yg diberi dapat menaikkan lagi nama radio amateur dan membuka mata masyarakat akan kepentingan radio amatur.

Kejadian tidak begitu diberi publisiti on air (repeater) kerana bimbang terlalu ramai rakan yg akan respond terhadap panggilan kecemasan tersebut sehingga boleh memburukkan lagi keadaan, jalan yg sempit ke atas seperti mana yg berlaku ketika kejadiaan anggota JPA-3 terkena petir 2-3 minggu lalu. Detail mungkin boleh diceritakan oleh rakan2 yg terlibat, namun begitu, sekalung tahniah diucapkan lagi kepada rakan2 kita yg bersusah payah naik ke atas Gunung Nuang pada waktu itu.


Di sunting dan diedit oleh 9W2AAM.
Ada monitor sepanjang rescue tersebut malam tu, sewaktu berada di Hotel Brisdale untuk rakaman Tokoh Guru Peringkat Negeri Terengganu. Syabas dan Tahniah kepada warga radio amatur khususnya MARES dan rakan radio amatur yang terlibat dalam misi bantuan itu.


16 Mei, tarikh keramat datang lagi. Setiap insan yang bergelar guru sama ada yang mengajar di sekolah atau yang mengajar kelas RAE untuk SWL ( tetap seorang guru ) yang tidak mengenal erti penat lelah untuk melihat anak muridnya lulus peperiksaan termasuklah RAE. Jasa mu tetap dikenang sampai bila-bila.

Kepada seluruh warga guru yang juga amateur radio termasuklah sifu-sifu yang mengajar mengenal apa itu amateur radio di ucapkan SELAMAT HARI GURU.

09 May 2008

First SSTV Pictures from Amateur Radio CubeSat Seeds

The first Slow Scan Television (SSTV) pictures have been received from the satellite which was launched on 28th April.

Masa JN1GKZ reports:
I put SEEDS SSTV picture on my web site. This is my best shoot. It's hard to take high quality picture.

SEEDS sends only one SSTV picture which is stored in S/C about everytwo minute when she is in Digi-talker mode. Please try to take high quality one.

Henk, PA3GUO reports:
On my website I have placed an mp3 recording of SEEDS digi-talker and SSTV picture of today (10:15utc).
http://www.qsl.net/pa3guo - click in left menu on SEEDS.

Having these messages broadcasted from space is a kind of cool: keeps you interested to hear what's transmitted today, and what they say (or sing ?). Not all seems to be in English, but I like the messages.

SEEDS transmits on a frequency of 437.485 MHz using either CW running 110mW output or FM with 450 mW output.

Slow Scan TV Software MMSSTV:

Satscape Satellite Tracker:

The Downlink Data Analysis software can be downloaded from http://cubesat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/english/

Telemetry Data Format

Reports can be emailed to eeds_message@forth.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp


Nihon University CubeSat

SEEDS' CubeSat telemetry reports requested http://www.southgatearc.org/news/april2008/

Source: www.southgatearc.org

Buletin MARES 02/2008

Dear our MARES Members,

We are please to announce that the Evo Bulletin for the month of May is now ready.

Download it now from here:

EVO Bulletin 2/2008

Thanks to all contributer and hope more to come soon.
73 de Editorial

03 May 2008

'4D' live model of Earth's ionosphere

NASA-funded researchers have made available a new '4D' live model of the Earth's ionosphere.

Without leaving home, anyone can fly through the layer of ionized gas that encircles Earth at the edge of space itself. All that's required is a connection to the Internet.

"This is an exciting development," says solar physicist Lika Guhathakurta of NASA headquarters in Washington, DC.

"The ionosphere is important to pilots, ham radio operators, earth scientists and even soldiers. Using this new 4D tool, they can monitor and study the ionosphere as if they're actually inside it."

NASA - Explore the Ionosphere

How to Launch the 4D Ionosphere http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/

4D Ionosphere demonstration video http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010200/

Source: www.southgatearc.org