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Amateur Radio Emergency Communication In Action


									Amateur Radio Emergency
Communication In Action
 ‐‐ Amateur Radio in 12 May SiChuan Earthquake

 Chinese Radio Sports Association 
 June, 2008
14:28 BJT, 12 May 2008, A magnitude-8.0 earthquake hit
                China’s Sichuan area.

                 Wenchuan City, Center of quake
                 31d28.7’N 103d34.8’E

         Chengdu City, Capital of Suchuan Province
                         103 km from quake center
69,180 died and 374,008 injured in the disaster
       as of 1200 BJT, June 19, 2008.
 80-90% of
houses were
 The central government responded quickly. The prime minister
 took off from Beijing within 2 hours after the quake heading for
Chengdu. Army rescue forces had to rush into the epicenter area
                    by foot due to road cut off.
Ham radio operators around Chengdu, Mianyang
    area setup their gears at earliest time .

                                  All other
                                 means failed in
                                 the center area
                                 and one
                                 repeater was
                                 setup at 13
                                 May morning,
                                 to pass
                                 command for
       Chengdu is about 100km from the epicenter and
         was affected. Its main repeater survived and
more were put up soon to provide 100-200Km communication on
                           flat area.
Right on May12, the day that quake happened, CRSA called for
  emergency communication aids and organized the national
 emergency networks on 7050KHz, 7060KHz and 14270KHz.

 Many amateur radio operators kept hourly monitoring to check 
               what can help in the disaster relief. 
 The emergency net frequencies were released on 27 May 2008.
The message was soon spread in the
  whole amateur radio community
JARL put the messages on JARL website to help to
clear frequencies for the emergency communication
IARU R3 CRSA disaster communication liasion BA1RB Fan Bin
reported to R3 disaster communication committee president VK3PC
Jim in 3 times

      First report sent on 15th, May 2008.
      Second report sent on 20th, May 2008.
      The third report sent on 27th, May 2008.

   The report is listed on:
IARU web site also reported this
      event very quickly
Emergency communication service after the quake
became the hottest topic among BY hams, resulting
more than 5000 posts in a popular Chinese amateur
            radio forum on this issue.
     Radio amateurs in action

Amateur radio was used to organize the car owners in
transportation of supplies and wounded immediately after the
An ARES command center was
   established in Chengdu
Amateur radio was helping the
relief efforts in Zhaogongshan
  BD8ABM operated HF from his vehicle in
epicenter area, keeping communications with
Amateur radio repeater was setup
at the sheltering site in Hanwang
Radio amateurs fought their ways into the
  epicenter area and helped to set up
        communications there

  How the highway to Beichuan looked like
   BY8AA, club station in Chengdu, facilitated
emergency communication both on HF and U/VHF
CRSA team set up BT8RC in Chengdu to help Chinese
   Red Cross Foundation in HF communications
BY8AA reported to BY1PK on 7050 KHZ
Team of BY4RSA kept 24*7 operation in Nanjing as HF
   emergency network control and helped to QSP
     information between Chengdu and Beijing
Local amateur radio operators in quake area provided
 communication and transportation for disaster relief

 On the white banner: Amateur Radio Relief Team from Mianyang
Ham radio operators from Beijing, Hebei, Wuhan,
Nanjing etc. went to Sichuan to help disaster relief
The most needed materials are tent and medicines. Amateur radio
operators across the country contributed donations through various
Amateur radio operators continue to do disaster relief
                  in many ways
CCTV, Beijing TV, and newspapers reported amateur
                radio disaster relief
CRSA, China amateur radio clubs have been
 considering future actions for emergency
Action 1: Assist to setup school club stations in Sichuan Area

Make awareness of amateur radio and train more people gaining
amateur radio communication skills.
 Action 2: Enforce regular SET

 CRSA has annual disaster communication SET in July.
 Encourage to participate SET held by IARU.
 Encourage field day operation.
  Enforce simple antenna and other equipments setup
Action 3: Establish disaster communication standard
procedure and organization – combine the domestic
   and international experiences and documents

 Acquire international experiences.
 Come out documentation materials.
 Establish Chinese disaster communication procedure.
 Education to amateur radio operators.
  Cooperate with CRCF and other government
organizations in disaster relief.
 CRSA would like to thank the following organizations and
 individuals for providing support of this presentation

      Sichuan  radio sports association

      BG8AAS                           BD1PTA
      BG8BES                           BA1HAM
      BD8ATD                           BD5RV
      BD8ABM                           BG1LLB
      BA1AA                            BA1RB
Thanks for all international societies and individuals for the
kindness support of emergency frequencies, encourages, and
helps to Sichuan earthquake disaster relief.

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