Amateur radio continuing to help in Japan

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Amateur radio continuing to help in Japan

    The amateur radio activity is continuing to help those mainly within the disaster recovery area struck by the worst earthquake in Japan in 140 years.

    IARU Region 3 Secretary, Ken Yamamoto JA1CJP said “several stations are handling medium distance information exchange on 7.030/7.043 MHz.

    “The operation in VHF and UHF bands becomes more active than in earlier days. About 250 transceivers with JARL licenses are used for communications between various refugee rest places and local government offices.

    “Two sets of 430 MHz repeaters have also been delivered to the disaster area and they are operational now to enhance the existing repeaters coverage and provide easier communications between hand-held transceivers.”

    The big earthquake, now graded at nine on the Ritcher scale, and followed by a tsunami hit north-eastern Japan on 11 March, and crippled a nuclear power facility. More than 13,500 have been killed.

    The headquarters station of the Japan Amateur League (JARL) in Tokyo, JA1RL became a disaster communication centre in the days immediately after the disaster.

    Ken JA1CJP said, “It should be noted that some towns are so heavily disrupted that the local government offices are also in the refugee centres and the residents are staying in multiple places.

    “In such cases, amateur radio can contribute a lot to maintain the ties between the local government and residents.”

    In the long haul the emergency communications to be provided through amateur radio, as the disruption to normal life will continue for some considerable time to come.

    A presentation on the Japanese earthquake triple disaster will be made at the GAREC 2011 in Sun City, South Africa, in August this year.

    Jim Linton VK3PC
    Chairman, IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee

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  2. G8KHS

    G8KHS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Isn't it a good thing that the Japanese people quite rightly recognise Amateur Radio as a valuable asset to their society?

    My best wishes go to JARL and to all the amateur operators helping the affected communities during this disaster.

    John G8KHS
  3. K7TOB

    K7TOB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Obviously this was posted and took place awhile ago now, but I love hearing these stories about how ham radio came to the rescue and made things easier for everyone involved. Communication in an emergency situation is so vital and I feel ham radio needs to be a bigger part in our communities for this purpose.

    Thanks for posting!
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