Amateur Radio Emergency
Communication In Action
‐‐ Amateur Radio in 12 May SiChuan Earthquake
Chinese Radio Sports Association
14:28 BJT, 12 May 2008, A magnitude-8.0 earthquake hit
China’s Sichuan area.
Wenchuan City, Center of quake
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.
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 .
means failed in
the center area
setup at 13
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
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: http://www.jarl.or.jp/iaru-
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
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
Thanks for all international societies and individuals for the
kindness support of emergency frequencies, encourages, and
helps to Sichuan earthquake disaster relief.