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ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:

Kg4LMU_John (KG4LMU) on January 5, 2005
Website: www.tsunamireliefnet.com
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Several hams on echolink have coordinated the tsunami relief net. This net has been link to stations in Thailand and Sri Lanka since the tsunami hit. The net has been receiving updates from VU2RIB and K4VUD from Bangkok and the Andaman Island's for the last seven days. Adam, KE7BZX is currently on the ground in Sri Lanka and has brought with him a echolink station. We are currently awaiting him to come online.

Adam's primary mission is one of relief to the victims of the disaster area. The tsunami relief net team is compiled of hams from across the globe dedicating their time and station links to the efforts. Stations from all over the globe and have been running full 24 hour rotation since the disaster hit. -- With well over 100 links and repeaters standing by to pass updates and health and welfare traffic to their local area's. The tsunami relief net team has also built a website for hams to go and sign up in a data base to volunteer for NCS, OPS and Traffic handling in there area. The link to the website is www.tsunamireliefnet.com. VU2RBI and other great hams in the effected area have been providing some great information and coordination of health and welfare traffic.

Those interested in volunteering can connect to the net through various conference server on echolink as many of the existing conference server's are involved in the net. The tsunami relief net team asks all stations to connect to the appropriate conference server for there country. IE Canada in Canada, USA in USA. The tsunami relief net team is still looking for volunteers and traffic handlers to continue the 24 hours duty cycle. Please visit the website and click on register there.

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ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by KD7YVV on January 6, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I am one of the net control operators for this
net.

Anyone with Net Control experience, can look for my
callsign, KD7YVV in the conferences. I am usually
connected to the USA or Canada conferences.
Both are linked.
Formal training in message handling is a plus.


--KD7YVV, Kirkland, WA ARES #154
 
RE: ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by G3SEA on January 6, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

I have monitored this EchoLink Net with great interest.

If it works,I say ' use it '.

There have been numerous negative posts on both EchoLink and Emergency communications on some threads.

In such times we need ALL modes and cooperation among Hams.

KH6/G3SEA
 
ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by SWANMAN on January 6, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Oooh...the "Echolink aint real radio" crowd isn't gonna be happy to hear this! Once again, Echolink comes through!
 
ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by W4YBP on January 6, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
my question is what are you actually doing on these conferences or as you call them, nets ? I suspect the answer is nothing but listening, on the internet of all thngs!!
 
RE: ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by KG4LMU on January 7, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I guess you will just have to come find out for yourself! Maybe you can ask Bharathi herself what we have been doing.
 
RE: ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by EI2GN on January 7, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
The wise old owl lived in an oak...the more he heard the less he spoke...the less he spoke the more he heard...the wise old owl was a wise old bird...
 
RE: ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by W4YBP on January 7, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I don't care to listen to echolink, it is not interesting or radio. I ask a question & get a wiseass answer. No thanks
 
RE: ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by VE1HE on January 9, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I'm sorry to say but John's answer was very clear and relevant to your question.
Ham radio is all about making friends in various countries.
Only few hours after the tragedy stricked, we have been in permanent contact with Thailand, then India and now Sri Lanka.

Ham radio is also all about experimentation. This net offers a variety of ways of communicating, not only from computer to computer but from computer to a variety of radio links on HF, VHF and UHF.

For instance, there is a HF station in France and Switzerland rebroadcasting our signal to the disastered areas. We have been granted access to a remote base in Australia, etc...

This is about making friends and being proactive. Making a difference in a sometimes so hostile and unfriendly world.

Fortunately, the world of ham radio is all the opposite.

I would say that it's not the way the buoy is thrown that makes the difference. It's whether the buoy is thrown or not, and very honnestly I think we've done our little part to get our world feel like a better place to be.

We've all proven to each other we can make it happen.
 
RE: ECHOLINK Tsunami Relief Net:  
by KF4VGX on January 9, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I have to say Thanks to John and others for offering your time and efforts.

73.
 
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