04 December 2010
According to the NWS amateur radio operators, known as HAMs, provide a vital public service by passing on emergency information during severe weather outbreaks.
The event, Skywarn Recognition Day, is held in cooperation with the Amateur Radio Relay League. HAM radio operators will operate at NWS in North Little Rock from 6 p.m. Friday, until 6 p.m. Saturday.
During the event, HAMs will attempt to contact as many NWS offices and radio stations as possible. In 2009, 35 offices were contacted as were 300 stations.
Hundreds of HAMs in Arkansas are certified storm spotters. In February of 2008, a HAM operator was the first person to provide information on a tornado that struck Mountain View. Electricity and telephone service was knocked out by the storm.
Again in October of this year, a HAM operator was the first to report tornado damage in the Crystal Valley area of Pulaski County.
During severe weather emergencies, HAMs operate a base station at the NWS office in North Little Rock.
13 November 2010
We would like to informed that, MARES has successfully secured the rights to host the 2012 SEANET Convention.
We look forward for this event and more news will be updated soon.
Thank you and 73.
de MARES Malaysia Team
Source: MARES website
23 August 2010
Kenwood Corporation has announced the October launch of the TS-590S, a new HF/50MHz all mode transceiver with remarkable RX performance designed to enable a wide range of users — from beginners to seasoned DX’ers — to enjoy a full range of ham radio pursuits. Link
According to the Pakistan Amateur Radio Society (PARS) -- that country’s IARU Member-Society -- radio amateurs in Pakistan have teamed up with the Islamabad Jeep Club (IJC) and Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) to provide relief activities in those areas of Pakistan devastated by floods. The groups will supply food, tents and medical support to the northern flood affected areas of Nowshera, Charsadda and central Sargodha districts. “The cellular services are down and so is the landline,” the PARS Web site reports. “Last week, the joint team carried out a survey in the north and the center of the country, and to its dismay, the situation isn’t promising. Restoration of cellular services and landlines could take months.”
PARS already has a 2 meter repeater in these places and say a “weak signal can be heard in these areas, but [they] would need cross-band repeaters to further increase its strength and allow penetration into the remote areas. This would result in effective communication through handheld [transceivers], rather than relying on base stations where there is an issue with electricity.”
PARS has set aside the following frequencies for relief efforts: 145.700 MHz (receive 145.400 MHz, transmit 144.200 MHZ, CTCSS 88.5 MHz), 7.070 MHz, 14.200 MHZ and 14.300 MHz, 435.050 MHz (CTCSS 88.55 MHz)
In order to address the communication breakdown, PARS and the IJC created two teams: one for the northern cities, linking Islamabad with Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda, and the other to link cities in the center of the country, including Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan.
In the past few weeks, monsoon rains have deluged Pakistan, followed by disastrous floods that PARS said “were never seen in the last eight decades in some regions. These floods have impacted millions of Pakistanis who need help from the international community with providing food, clean drinking water, shelter and medical aid.” In the second week of the disaster, floods are spreading to the Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan Provinces, as well as the Kashmir region where thousands of villages have been destroyed and the situation is worsening.
PARS members, in partnership the IJC, has initiated a relief mission to help the suffering population, and are raising funds to provide essential relief supplies to the families affected by these floods. Until now, more than 1500 people have lost their lives, thousands of villages and towns are destroyed and more than 4.5 million people are left homeless or displaced in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in the northwest region of the country. PARS reports that due to “large scale destruction of roads and bridges, relief agencies are finding it difficult to reach the areas where people are still stranded. Once communication with those areas is established, authorities are expecting [to find] a high number of fatalities.”
PARS said they have targeted three areas that need a great deal of assistance:
- Pashtun Garhi and Pir Sabak in the Nowshera District: (34° 01’ 13.94”N, 71° 49’ 54.96”E) Approximately 14,000-16,000 affected/displaced; immediate requirements are tents; food and drinkable water
- Dharkhanawalla in the Sargodha District: (31° 50’ 10.90”, N 72° 19’ 33.36”E) According to PARS, the town itself is not affected, but many villages east of the town are under water; food is an immediate requirement
- Mera Prang in the Charsada District: (34° 7’ 36.51”, N 71°46’ 31.48”E) Approximately 300 families are without homes; tents are the most-need necessity here.
20 July 2010
Tujuan diadakan Hamfest yang pertama ini adalah untuk memberi pendedahan kepada orang ramai berkenaan dengan konsep penggunaa Radio Dua Hala semasa aman dan bencana di Malaysia.
Berbagai aktiviti akan diajalankan semasa Hamfest tersebut antaranya;
a. Aktiviti Skill-Stations – Pengenalan kepada Radio Komunikasi, Berkomunikasi di frekunsi VHF dan HF. Menaikan antenna diapole HF, Mempelajari teknik navigasi dan bacaan peta.
b. Fox Hunting – Mencari lokasi pemancar beacon dengan menggunakan teknik pencarian melalui Radio Dua-Hala.
c. Distance Contact Contest (DX COntest) – Mendapatkan contact rakan-rakan Amatur di seluruh dunia.
20 March 2010
Tags: K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled
I’ve had a couple people email links to a wonderful 1930’s movie clip where the Andy Hardy Series featured Amateur Radio.
[EDIT - 13MAR10 - Please see the comments & links where Ron W6AZ provides clarity that this came from the "Andy Hardy" series, not the similar sounding but different "Hardy Boys" series. The Permalink URL is technically incorrect by associating the film clip with the wrong series. Thank you Ron W6AZ for the correct information!]
For your enjoyment:
A total of 100 registrations have been received so far at the website illw.net for this year's event on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of August, Jim Linton VK3PC reports.
"It will be the 11th annual weekend run by Scotland's Ayr Amateur Radio Group GM0AYR.
The registrations to date are from 19 countries with nearly half of them from Germany and Australia who always strongly support this fun event.
Other countries include Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Honduras, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, USA and Wales.
It's only early days and organisers of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, the Ayr Amateur Radio Group, are hopeful that with improved HF propagation the record of 442 registrations set last year could be beaten.
To register or check out the lighthouses already registered, visit the official website illw.net
Jim Linton VK3PC
07 March 2010
Radio Club de Chile Lists Emergency Frequencies, E-mail Address (Mar 6, 2010) -- Radio Club de Chile ( RCCH ) President Dr Galdino Besomi, CE3PG, reports that the situation in Chile is “very complex” as the country suffers aftershocks registering 6.0 or higher after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on February 27. “Red Chilena Nor Austral de Servicio ( RECNA ) and RCCH networks are working in coordination whit the Army of Chile, handling information about people localization, condition of roads and support for the emergency administration,” IARU Region 2 (Area G) Emergency Coordinator Jorge Sierra, LU1AS, told he ARRL. He has asked the amateur community to keep the following frequencies free from non-essential, emergency traffic: 14.200, 7.050, 7.095 and 3.738 MHz. “Other frequencies could be in use, especially on 40 meters. Before using any frequency it is very important to make sure it’s free,” he advised. The RCCH has set up an e-mail address where people can request information concerning people affected by the earthquakes.
09 February 2010
23 January 2010
From 1800UTC 22 January the HF frequencies used to respond to the immediate needs of the Haiti Earthquake, 14.300MHz, 14.265MHz , 7.045MHz, 7.065MHz, 7.265MHz, 3.720MHz, 3.977MHz will return to normal use.
The groups who have been passing messages on those frequencies will revert to monitoring mode or their normal operations.
There are still a number of radio amateurs in the country attached to various relief groups who may still be heard on the amateur bands on a number of frequencies according to their particular needs to maintain contact with their home countries.
Please maintain the normal procedures of;
* Listen before transmitting
* If you hear any station passing emergency traffic then leave the frequency clear and avoid causing QRM.
Thanks to everyone for their assistance during this emergency.
IARU Region 1
22 January 2010
In the brutal aftermath of Haiti's earthquake, Jean-Robert Gaillard turned to his low-tech radio for solace and for a lifeline.
When the earthquake hit, the 57-year-old from Petionville, Haiti, found most of his normal lines of communication -- his cell phone, the Internet, even his ability to walk down the street and talk to someone -- severed by the disaster.
But Gaillard used a neighbor's generator to power up his radio and connect to a handful of amateur radio enthusiasts in the United States -- many of whom were eagerly listening to radio static for calls like his.
Unlike many other people in Haiti, Gaillard was able to contact family members in the United States soon after the January 12 earthquake hit to tell them he had survived.
In those first hellish moments, that connection seemed like a miracle. "It relieved the tension of my family members," he said, speaking by Skype from Haiti on Tuesday, which he says wasn't possible until more recently.
"They could hear my voice. They knew that I was OK."
Much has been made about the role flashier technologies like Twitter, Skype and text messaging have played in helping disaster victims find loved ones and communicate with international aid workers. But it is worth noting that, when all else fails, the low-tech hum of a radio frequency is sometimes the only line of communication that's open.
You can read the full CNN news item Low-tech radios connect some Haitians by John D. Sutter at: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/20/