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Conflicting Information About Italian Earthquake Nets:

from CQ on April 7, 2009
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Conflicting Information About Italian Earthquake Nets:

Reports on the internet and on the DX Cluster indicate that two to three emergency nets are operating on HF in response to yesterday's earthquake in central Italy. However, it appears that they may be ad-hoc and not connected with the national ham radio organization or relief agencies.

"Daily DX" Editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR, reported this morning that emergency nets were under way on 3643.5 and 7045 kHz, and the ARRL is reporting that Cluster spots indicate additional emergency activity on 3640 kHz.

However, CQ Public Service Editor Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, reports that Alberto Barbera, IK1YLO, the International Amateur Radio Union's National Emergency Communications Coordinator for Italy, "says he is not aware of any nets operating on behalf of the emergency communications groups on HF at this time for 'User Services.' He believes that any operation on HF related to the earthquake is being done on an individual basis."

In addition, Josuweit reports that IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator Greg Mossop, G0DUB, says Barbera is trying to coordinate various groups in light of the recent shutdown of ARI's (Italy's national ham radio organization) national emergency communications organization. Bob also says that IK1YKO reports that practically all repeaters are still in operation, and that much of the region's cellphone infrastructure is intact as well (although it may be overloaded).

Nonetheless, G0DUB points out that if a station is declaring an emergency on any given frequency, then that frequency should be kept clear. Bottom line: listen before transmitting, especially on the frequencies that have been reported to be in use for emergency nets -- 3640, 3643.5 and 7045 kHz -- and if you are asked to keep a frequency clear for emergency traffic, please comply and QSY.

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by W9WHE-II on April 8, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
" appears that they [the emcomm nets] may be ad-hoc and not connected with the national ham radio organization or relief agencies.

Does that mean that if they are not "connected" with ARI (the Italian version of arrl) they don't exist? or simply that they cannot be "genuine" emcomm super-heros?

Where do these people get the idea that hams can't do anything unless they are under the auspices of some self-proclaimed, self-important, non-governmental uber authority?

Oooops....I forgot. arrl.
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