Ham Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World:
The ARRL Letter
October 4, 2018
Add a comment about this article!
Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World:
Following a devastating 7.7-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Central
Sulawesi Island in Indonesia, on September 28, members of International
Amateur Radio Union (IARU
http://www.iaru.org/) member-society ORARI
https://orari.or.id/ and other volunteers have been providing
emergency communication for community and government interests. The
quake and tsunami destroyed the city of Palu, completely cutting power
New IARU Region 3 Disaster Communication Coordinator Dani Halim,
YB2TJV, said Amateur Radio operators in Indonesia immediately responded
to the unfolding disaster, establishing an emergency net on 7.110 MHz.
Amateur Radio volunteers from other regions also pitched in to support
radio communication for emergency news on 7.110 MHz and 7.065 MHz.
ORARI has asked that radio amateurs not involved in the emergency
response avoid those frequencies. ORARI also activated the LAPAN-ORARI
IO-86 satellite as a backup communication channel. Some radio amateurs
with mobile stations have traveled to the affected region to help.
According to Budi Santoso, YF1AR, on Java Island, the local Palu ORARI
representative Ronny Korompot, YB8PR, was among the first contacted.
Through his mobile station, he reported on conditions and the response,
including evacuations. Sutrisno Sofingi, YB8NT, was also heard on 7.110
MHz using an emergency station he assembled at the disaster site. He
said Amateur Radio was the only available communication with the
Amateur Radio also has assisted government agencies following severe
damage to the telecommunication infrastructure. Hams operating on 2
meters were communicating information on which roads were open to allow
traffic from the outside.
Halim reported that communication was established from the Luwuk
Disaster Management Agency some 430 miles from the earthquake's
epicenter to obtain information on landslides and blocked roads and
Salmin Sahidin, YB8IBD, in Southeast Sulawesi has been live streaming
audio of the activity on 7.110 MHz via his Facebook page.
The earthquake and subsequent tsunami has claimed more than 1,400
people and caused widespread devastation. Some victims remain trapped
in the debris. -- Thanks to IARU Region 3 and Budi Santoso, YF1AR
The ARRL Letter
There are no comments on this article: