Sunday, December 28, 2014

Amateur Radio assists with communications in Malaysia.

Malaysian floods get MARTS emcomm help

Severe flooding described as the worst for a long time in the north of Malaysia during the monsoon season, has taken five lives with about 160,000 people evacuated.
Johnny Tan 9M8DB of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) says emcomm operators are active on 7.110 MHz, with 3.600MHz likely to be tested for late night links to maintain links to handle disaster traffic.
MARTS asks all to avoid causing QRM of these centre-of-activity emergency frequencies. He reports that the 50w stations are in Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Kemaman and Bachok with 50 watts using NVIS propagation.
Johnny 9M8DB says initially VHF/UHF repeaters were used, but severe flooding had affected power supply and batteries with the switch to HF being made.
Official recognition has received including permission for the MARTS emcomm operations to carry third party traffic.
In some places rescuers are faced with rows of house rooftops popping up from muddy water. Seasonal flooding hits Malaysia this time each year, but experts describe it as being the worst since at least 2004, and communications have also been badly hit.
Meanwhile in neighbouring Thailand, disaster zones have been declared in eight southern provinces after floods there killed at least 13 people with 184,000 households affected.

Jim Linton VK3PC
Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee

Friday, December 26, 2014

I'm not ignoring you, I'm listening 10 up

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Many thanks to Southgate Amateur Radio News for this article.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A rarther cynical view of Amateur Radio activity on 10 Meters

Do you play on 10 Meters each Sunday morning?

Amateur Activity

Friday, December 12, 2014

Don't eat too much turkey before you transmit during Christmas festivities!

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

An interesting wind map.

Would you like to know in advance when your tower needs to be taken down or when its too windy to play radio from the local mountain - if so take a look at this interesting world map of the wind.

Wind Map