Posts Tagged ‘Haiti Earthquake’

In Preparation for expected incoming TFC

January 18, 2010

With the chances that we might have  an influx of traffic from Haiti to Ontario given the large Haitian Communuties of  Toronto and Ottawa combined with our neighboring Section Quebec which has a large Community in Montreal it seems only fitting that we do a slight reminder of Traffic Formats.


The RAC Vice President Field Services feel that our services could be needed in the very near future as you can tell from the previous posting copied below:

From:
“vo1dtm” <vo1dtm@yahoo.ca>

To:
ARES-Alert@yahoogroups.com

During the next few days as Haiti begins to recover, there may be traffic flowing into the ARRL NTS System destined for Canadians. This traffic will be moved north towards the regions closest to destination by American NTS stations in hopes of it being picked up by a Canadian operator. The more times you are able to check into nets in your area, the better the chances are that traffic being held for delivery will get through.

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM
VPFS


First of all the NTS Message form:

Then some examples of NTS Traffic:


___R         HX G         VE3GNA            ARL 15            WESTPLAIN ON      <date>

<NAME AND ADDRESS GOES HERE WITH PHONE NUMBER>

AMATEUR               RADIO               IS               A              WONDERFUL

AND                        REWARDING      HOBBY      ARL               SIXTY

NINE                     AMATEUR            RADIO      WORLD            73

GLENN VE3GNA

==================================================

___R           HX G            VE3GNA            17               WESTPLAIN ON            <date>
<NAME AND ADDRESS GOES HERE WITH PHONE NUMBER>

PLEASE               CONSIDER               LEARNING               AND             USING

MORSE               CODE                        JOIN                         A                     SLOW

SPEED                  CW                           NET                          MAKE               NEW

FRIENDS               73

GLENN VE3GNA

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If you have any questions please feel free to check out the RAC Website looking at NTS in the Site Index under Field Services or just drop in and ask your question on the Ontario Phone Net which meets every day at 1600 EST (2100UTC) on or about 3.742 MHZ which as you should know is the 80m band.

Email Queries can be sent to the Net Manager or the RAC Ontario Section Traffic Manager as well

Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager

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From RAC Bulletin Service

January 16, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:34 AM
From:
“rac-bulletins@eton.ca” <rac-bulletins@eton.ca>

To:
“Bob Sharp” <va3rcs@rogers.com>

Important information for all RAC Members

On Tuesday, January 12 at 4:53 PM, Haiti time (2153) UTC a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 15 kilometers west of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted.

The RAC requests that all Canadian Hams  be aware  of the emergency operations on the following frequencies: 7.045 3.720 MHz (IARU Region 2 Nets), 14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 MHz (SATERN Nets), and 14.300 MHz (Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net).

The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) is also active on EchoLink node 278173.

Doug Mercer  VO1DTM
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada
P.O. Box 1042   Goulds
Newfoundland Labrador
A1S 1H2
Tel: (709) 364-4741
Cell: (709) 697-3319

* * * *

Vernon Erle Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor
<racnews@rac.ca>

Messages from RAC VPFS- Haiti Update

January 16, 2010

Yesterday we heard from the RAC Ontario Section Traffic Manager…

Today we hear from the RAC Vice President Field Services with the information coming in via the ARES Alert system:

From:
“vo1dtm” <vo1dtm@yahoo.ca>

To:
ARES-Alert@yahoogroups.com

I received urgent messages from Greg Mossop IARU EMCOR region 1 and Cesar Pinto Santos IARU EMCOR region 2 earlier tonight stating that a Ham in Haiti was trying to communicate with the SATERN net in french and that were unable to understand.

If you are bilingual and are able to assist, please monitor the following frequencies and listen for Haitian traffic.
7.045 and 3.720 IARU nets
14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 SATERN nets
14.300 Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic nets
EchoLink node 278173 International Radio Emergency Support Coalition

Many thanks!

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM
VPFS

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From:
“vo1dtm” <vo1dtm@yahoo.ca>

To:
ARES-Alert@yahoogroups.com

During the next few days as Haiti begins to recover, there may be traffic flowing into the ARRL NTS System destined for Canadians. This traffic will be moved north towards the regions closest to destination by American NTS stations in hopes of it being picked up by a Canadian operator. The more times you are able to check into nets in your area, the better the chances are that traffic being held for delivery will get through.

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM
VPFS

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Updated information from Ontario STM

January 14, 2010

The following comes to us from VE3GNA Glenn who is the Section Traffic Manager for Ontario

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From: “EMCOMM MONTHLY” <emcomm@cot.net>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:44:15 -0800
Subject: HAITI DISASTER SPECIAL EMCOMM BULLETIN NR 2

THIS BULLETIN IS SENT TO MULTIPLE EMAIL GROUP FILES.
YOU MAY RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE COPY.

TO: ALL EMCOMM STATIONS
FROM: D W THORNE, K6SOJ, WRRL-1
DATE/TIME: JAN 14, 2010 1940Z
SUBJECT: HAITI DISASTER SPECIAL BULLETIN NR 2

INFORMATION GATHERED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES — DISSEMINATE AT WILL

ADDITIONAL AMATEUR FREQUENCIES that may be active with EMERGENCY traffic:
3977, 3985, 7265, 7290, 14265, and 14300 kHz.

REMINDERS:
Avoid transmitting within 3 kHz (on either side) of these frequencies except for EMERGENCY or PRIORITY traffic.

Normal protocol for major disasters is NO INBOUND “Health and Welfare” (W) or Routine (R) traffic for a minimum of 72 hours.  There are only 143 (est.) licensed amateurs in Haiti. Only one or two stations are known to be QRV.   It will probably be much longer before any inbound DWIs (Disaster Welfare Inquiries) can be handled or processed.  Even when W or R  traffic addressed to Haiti can be accepted, it may be many weeks before relief agencies have information or means to contact survivors and reply.

RECOMMEND: EMCOMM traffic stations my accept message traffic…but advise the originating person/party that it will be held until a means to forward/deliver it can be established.  (After Hurricane Katrina there thousand of DWIs that were never delivered.)

SUGGEST: EMCOMM operators advise persons with DWIs to contact U.S. Dept. of State, the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army (they all have websites for this purpose) and follow the instructions provided.

BULLETIN from JAN 13:
All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear
for possible emergency traffic related to the major earthquake in Haiti.

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C Emergency
Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reports that as of 0245 UTC on January
13, nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that the
above frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hams
manage to get on the air, and in case of other related events in
surrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

NOTE:
7045 is CW only.  (RTTY and data is also legal in the U.S.)
3720 is CW and phone (LSB) in U.S. and is limited to advanced and extra class amateurs

Haiti Earthquake Info

January 13, 2010

Hi all, if you have not already read this week’s Ontario Bulletin,
please add the following item.  If you *have* already read the
bulletin, please read this at the first suitable opportunity.  Thanks,
Brad VE3RHJ.

1. Haiti Earthquake Frequencies

All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic related to Tuesday’s major
earthquake in Haiti.

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reports that as of 0245 UTC on January 13, nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that the above frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hams manage to get on the air, and in case of other related events in surrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

— CQ News Service