29 September 2008

Hiker safe with help of ham radio

The man, who used a radio to send out a call for help, was one of two rescued on Sunday

A series of dots and dashes bouncing off the ionosphere Sunday helped save a hiker stranded on Buck Creek Pass east of Glacier Peak.

The hiker who broke his leg used a low-voltage portable radio and Morse code to send out a call to help.

Six hundred miles away in Bozeman, Mont., Robert Williams was testing his ham radio Sunday when he heard the call signal, "W-7-A-U."

Williams replied and quickly learned, in the dashes and dots, that he was talking with a 62-year-old Corvallis, Ore., man, who had slipped and hurt himself in the high Cascades of Western Washington.

"I just happened to be at the same frequency," Williams, 65, said Monday. "It's just a stroke of luck that turned out great."

Williams called 911 and was connected to Snohomish County search-and-rescue officials. He spent much of Sunday and Monday relaying information including GPS coordinates from the hiker to rescuers.

"It was quite an experience," Williams said. "I'm just glad that he was a ham radio operator and that I was able to talk to him. It made the difference for him."

Source: http://www.southgatearc.org/news/

'That the benefits being a ham radio' de 9w2aam

Public demonstration of PLC/BPL intereference

A Japanese video is available on YouTube showing the severe radio interference that's caused by devices that use the mains electricity supply for broadband internet connections.

The video was made in May 2007 at the West Japan Ham Fair and can be seen below:

Data over Mains Radio Interference http://www.southgatearc.org/news/august2008/

UKQRM website

UKQRM Yahoo Group

Source: http://www.southgatearc.org/news/

28 September 2008


10 calon yang berjaya menempah tiket class A adalah:

1.9W2AUR-Muhammad Aimil-Melaka

2.9W2AUI-Adi Salleh-Ulu Kelang

3.9W2TOT-Ibrahim Musa-Pahang

4.9W2VAV-Chai Chuan Tat-Johor

5.9W2DRL-Lee Chun Cheow-Penang

6.9W2LOO-Lo Chee Hin- Segamat Johor

7.9W2MZT-Mazli Shahar Bin Mohamed-Ampang

8.9W2GL-Wan Morhisham Bin Mokhtar

9.9W6RMO-Roger Merdika Ombulun-Sabah

10.9W6DMC-Willie Tadam-Sabah

Tahniah kepada yang berjaya, dan yang tidak berjaya tingkatkan usaha untuk
sessi cw seterusnya di tahun hadapan.

de 9w2aam

25 September 2008

What does "SOS "stand for?

Nothing. The letters "SOS" are an international distress signal, especially by ships and aircraft, represented by the Morse Code signal (· · · - - - · · ·). It was first adopted by Germany in 1905. Many believe "SOS" signifies "Save Our Ship" or "Save Our Souls." However, these phrases were a later development, most likely to help remember the correct letters -- a backronym.

Source: www.canada.com/nanaimodailynews

24 September 2008

20 September 2008


Sometimes volunteers are called upon because emergency communications
is needed immediately. Other times, volunteers are called upon to
serve as back-up support in anticipation of losing total
communications. Don't be discouraged if your services don't appear to
have been useful. Having you there in place and ready to operate
provides a very valuable service.

First Step

Before volunteering for emergency communications, be sure of the

.. Family are safe and secure.
.. Family has enough provisions, etc.
.. Property is safe
.. Monitor the designated frequencies, radio, and t.v.
.. Contact your Emergency Coordinator or designee for instructions.
.. Check batteries.
.. Check medications if applicable.

Second Step

.. Know and understand the volunteer handout.
.. Do not take action until you are told to act.
.. Be prepared to operate.
.. Check all equipment and connections.
.. Have pencil, paper, and radiograms ready.
.. Obtain tactical frequencies.
.. Check-in with your designated net or operations.
.. Obtain tactical call sign if appropriate.
.. Monitor all frequencies assigned to you.
.. Notify net control operator if you have to leave.

Field Operations

.. If you are operating in the field, always keep a safe distance from
any hazards.
.. Keep yourself well hydrated (drink plenty of water).
.. Take breaks and get rest when you can.
.. Do not overexert yourself. Be aware of your own limitations.
.. Do not overreact, become hysterical, or try to provide more help
than is needed.

Pls share with with is not wright to be adopt in amateur radio.


Think before take any action de 9w2aam

05 September 2008

American Red Cross Clarifies Amateur Radio Policy

On September 3, the American Red Cross released a statement to clarify their policy as it concerns Amateur Radio operators. The letter below from American Red Cross Disaster Service Technology Manager Keith Robertory, KG4UIR, is presented in its entirety:

There has recently been some posting on amateur radio discussion groups on the Internet that is carrying false or misleading information. The Red Cross does not have a policy against amateur radio participating in passing health and welfare messages. In fact, we recognize the importance of amateur radio in being a vital method for people to get registered.

The American Red Cross welcomes the support of Amateur Radio Operators in connecting friends and family members together through our health and welfare programs. The grassroots, independent nature of Amateur Radio Operators in communities around the country make them well suited for this task.

General welfare messages are processed through the Red Cross Safe and Well web site. This site allows people to register their status which can be checked by friends and family who search by your name, address or phone number. A quick look at the website disastersafe.redcross.org will show how both the registration process and search are done.

As few as two hams can setup an effective registration process. A ham located in the disaster zone can use any mode to transmit the basic Safe and Well registration information to another ham located outside the disaster who would enter the information on the web site. This quick ad-hoc setup doesn't rely on any affiliations and can be established by a call out to another ham who can help.

The Red Cross also processes welfare inquiry messages that contain specific medical information. These contain more sensitive and personally identifiable information at the same time that the Red Cross keeps confidential to respect client privacy. We are researching if and how these messages can be passed across open frequencies, and what federal restrictions (such as HIPPA) may be impact how this is done.

Thank you,

Keith Robertory
Disaster Service Technology Manager, American Red Cross

Source: www.arrl.org

04 September 2008

IARU Region 3 website: new URL

IARU R3 has finally relocated their website to a new server. Instead of using a subfolder on the JARL server, they are now using a dedicated domain which is in line with the name convention of the other IARU websites. So please update your bookmarks with http://www.iaru-r3.org .

The old address will be redirected for a while, however, please make sure you spread the new link.

Source: ham-blog.de

Amateur Radio

There are many ways to enjoy the amateur radio hobby, and just as many ways to injure yourself while taking part. Far too often, online radio forums and print magazines tell the unfortunate accounts of those who paid the ultimate price for their love of radio.

Beyond the occasional tower mishap, electrocutions and falls during antenna installation are all too common. Whether the roof was too steep or slippery, or sound judgment was suspended in the name of haste, many people die every year while trying to erect new antennas.

Even simple wire antennas can be hazardous to install. Though trees make convenient supports, many operators are not in good enough shape to climb a big pine. Even the fittest operator is at risk when the tree is too small or old to support the weight of a human. And when the various projectiles used for getting pull-string into the trees start flying, everyone should be concerned.

After the antenna is installed, every operator is responsible for knowing and enforcing the safe distance between their antennas and any people or pets that might be impacted by exposure to radio-frequency (RF) radiation.

Inside the shack, poor grounding can lead to "RF bites," and overloaded electrical circuits can lead to fires. Soldering irons burn people and property when handled carelessly. In the vehicle, undersized or non-fused power leads are the stuff of catastrophic meltdowns, and poorly secured antennas can damage the vehicle's surface and passing motorists or pedestrians. Mobile rigs not securely mounted have turned into missiles when the driver loses control of the vehicle.

Bottom line: Every operator has a responsibility to think about safety.

By Lee Badman
Contributing writer


Baru-baru ini Persatuan Radio Amatur Terengganu Zon Hulu Terengganu telah mengadakan satu Kursus Radio Komunikasi Kecemasan bertempat di Pusat Ko Kurikulum Kuala Berang, Hulu Terengganu. Kursus ini berlangsung selama 1 hari dan dihadiri oleh ahli-ahli PEMANCAR daerah Hulu Terengganu serta wakil MARES dari Kelantan Chapter.

Kursus Radio Komunikasi Kecemasan ini di kendalikan oleh Presiden MARES iaitu 9M2AU dengan di bantu oleh 9M2/V8BDI.

02 September 2008

Amateur radio operators prepare for Gustav

By Cody Holyoke

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- In a time of crisis, it's a tool that can save your life.

Ham radios, can come in handy during times of emergency--a lesson learned by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"If you tuned in on the amateur radio bans, you would have heard FEMA. You would hear the Army, all running search and rescue operations," explained Mark Wintersole, president of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club.

It's a club that's by no means exclusive. More than 700,000 operators live across the country. Even more span the globe.

We try to be prepared--all the time--for when we have to get set up and operate," said Phil Salley, an amateur radio operator.

When disaster strikes, "hams," as they're called, turn serious fast, helping organizations like the Red Cross get the information they need.

"At home, we'll take turns--shifts--to communicate in and out of the affected area," Salley said.

"We're ready--at least to provide the first few days of communications," Wintersole explained.

Source: www.wsfa.com


9M2DSBerita pemergian 9M2DS Abdullah Samad a.k.a. Pak Dollah pada petang 28 Ogos 2008 di Hospital Kuala Lumpur di terima dari 9W2SF ketika dalam perjalanan balik ke Terengganu dan baru melepasi Kuala Krai. Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh beliau.

Al-Fatihah de 9W2AAM

01 September 2008


Baru-baru ini sempat ketemu dengan rakan-rakan baru dari Kuala Kangsar ketika membuat Lawatan Sambil Kerja ke sana. Foto ini diambil di tepi Sungai Kuala Kangsar (27.08.08)
Malam pula sempat eyeball dengan rakan-rakan radio amatur dari Ipoh. Pertemuan ini membawa perpindahan kedai kerana asyik berbual tak sedar kedai yang kami sedang eyeball dah nak tutup.Keesokkan hari (28.08.2008) sebelum bertolak balik ke Terengganu, sempat ketemu seorang rakan lama suatu ketika dahulu pernah mengajar di Terengganu (hampir 15 tahun tak jumpa) tambahan seorang radio amatur walaupun singkat tapi penuh bermakna apatah lagi dunia amatur tanpa sempadan mepertemukan kembali sahabat lama.

Hurricane Watch Net Activates

The National Hurricane Center's Hurricane Watch Net posted this information on August 31:

"Sunday, August 31 the net plans to activate at 1500EDT (1900UTC) for the purpose of establishing a list of available reporting stations along the northern Gulf Of Mexico shores beginning Monday morning as extremely dangerous hurricane Gustav is forecast to make landfall in that area. At this moment it seems for sure that we will activate again at first band opening on Monday morning (0800 EDT, 1200 UTC)."

The Hurricane Watch Net is using these frequencies during the Hurricane Gustav emergency:

  • 20 meters: 14.325 MHz USB
  • Main frequency during Hurricanes -- 40 meters: 7.268 MHz LSB
  • Water Way Net (secondary frequency) Maritime Mobiles Net -- 80 meters: 3.815 MHz
  • Caribbean Net (alternates: 3.950 North Florida / 3.940 South Florida)

Amateur Radio EchoLink/IRLP

  • EchoLink Conference "WX-TALK" Node 7203
  • IRLP Node 9219
  • West Gulf Emergency Health and Welfare Net: 7.290 LSB Day, 3.395 LSB Night

Please respect the Nets and do not transmit if you have nothing truly important to contribute. There is a 72 hour moratorium on inbound Health and Welfare traffic.