China earthquake – update
A day after a strong earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan province, the death toll stood at least 156, with many more injured and without homes.
Fan Bin BA1RB reported that it was a 7.0 magnitude quake in Ya’an city, Sichuan province with its epicentre near Lushan County.
The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate action withBD8DX and BD8AAA leading a team heading to the disaster area providing emergency communication services.
A request is made to keep the HF frequencies of 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz clear for disaster traffic.QQ
For more information go to http://www.southgatearc.org
As of 0415 PDT, 1115 UTC April 21,2013 HF frequencies remain in use. Nearly 200 dead and 7,000 injured..
All Hams involved in the Boston Marathon are reported to be safe. Some good news in an otherwise bad news day. For the release go to http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.ca/
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the bombings in Boston today, April 15th 2013. Special thoughts to those ham radio operators who were helping at the race. May you all have a speedy and complete recovery
Please see the url noted below for an update on ham radio involvement and frequencies in use for the flooding in Argentina. http://www.southgatearc.org/news/april2013/floods_in_argentina_final.htm#.UWqCzbWG1gE
The chief developer of the National Traffic System passed away on March 24 2013. He was 99 years old and had an interesting life. For his story go to
Section Managers representing all RAC Sections coast to coast
concluded discussions recently regarding NTS (National Traffic
System), and they confirmed ongoing support of NTS encouraging
operators to continue to support NTS by passing traffic on a regular
basis. NTS digital and Win link 2000 is the preferred system for ARES
Units to remain interoperable and functional in a digital world and
operators who have digital capability are encouraged to keep the
Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC
Radio Amateurs of Canada – Chief Field Services Officier
In December of 2012 Industry Canada put out a Request For Proposals
(RFP) to update the amateur radio question bank. RAC responded and
subsequently entered into a contract with Industry Canada
in January 2013 to update the amateur radio question bank. RAQI was engaged by
RAC to collaborate on the French language Continue reading “RAC Completes First Phase of Review of Amateur Radio Exam Questions”
This year the shakeout exercise will be held October 17th. ARES units should mark this date on their calendars and if at all possible participate. Lets see if we can break last years record number of ham radio participants. Don’t forget to register. For full details go to
Why slow slip can portend a major earthquake. WE need to be prepared. The article is interesting and informative. Some think Cascaidia is due or overdue for a very large quake. This would impact Washington State as well as British Columbia. There is a theory the effect would be felt well inland. To read this informative article go to
Once again ham radio proves it worth. Out of cell phone range, in the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area with the water rising is generally not the best time to get stuck in the mud. That’s exactly what happened to one Florida Ham who used his radio to get assistance and out of trouble. For all the details go to