Friday, January 15, 2010

HAM Radio activity from Haiti

Some ham radio activity from Haiti is beginning to be heard, following devastating earthquake.
Father John Henault, HH6JH, in Port-au-Prince, made contact lateWednesday morning with the Intercontinental Assistance and TrafficNet (IATN) on 14.300 MHz, the IARU Global Centre of Activityfrequency for emergency communications. Based on relays monitored atW2VU, Father John reported that he and those with him were safe, buthad no power and no phone service. He was operating on battery powerand hoping to get a generator running later in the day. He asked thestation copying him, William Sturridge, KI4MMZ, in Flagler Beach,Florida, to telephone relatives with information that he was OK.
The following frequencies are in use for earthquake-related trafficand should be kept clear unless you are able to provide requested assistance:14300 (IATN), 14265 (SATERN); 7045 (IARU Region II) and 3720 (IARURegion II) kHz. Additional frequencies may be activated on different bands at different times of day, so be sure to listen carefully before transmitting to make sure you are not interfering with emergency traffic.

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