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Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.2 Mb
23 Nov 2011 23:02:44 UTC
23 Nov 2011 15:02:44 near epicenter
23 Nov 2011 15:02:44 standard time in your timezone
Location 50.752N 129.788W
Depth 9 km
161 km (100 miles) W (274 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
334 km (208 miles) WNW (286 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
396 km (246 miles) S (175 degrees) of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
503 km (312 miles) WNW (292 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 26.3 km; Vertical 8.5 km Continue reading 4.2 Mb – VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION

As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link

As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link
By Jill Burke of the Alaska Dispatch
November 12, 2011

The jet stream feeding the wintery sea-spun tempest that sideswiped Alaska’s western coast wasn’t the only worldwide conveyer belt in motion this week. As howling winds whipped up and crashing waves pounded beaches, the people who live in the remote, isolated villages along the storm’s path stayed connected via a web of global radio frequencies.

When other communications failed, ham radio operators came to the rescue. Throughout the storm, they were the eyes for scientists in Fairbanks and Anchorage who otherwise would have been blind to weather conditions they could predict but not see.

“They were providing critical observations. We don’t have a lot of meteorological observations in the west. We don’t have the instruments out there,” Carven Scott, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, said Thursday as messages sent via the amateur radio network zapped into his inbox. Continue reading As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link

Italian and Turkish HF Emergency operations complete.

Italian and Turkish HF Emergency operations complete.
Written by G0DUB
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 15:53

The use of HF frequencies by RNRE in Italy for the flooding in the North West of their country and TRAC for the Earthquake in Van province of Turkey has finished. There is no further need to take care when operating around 3.643, 3.760MHz, 7.045-7.060 and 7.092-7.095 MHz.

Thanks to all amateurs who kept the frequencies clear for emergency traffic.

RAC Bulletin 2011-035E

New Section Manager for BC/Yukon

It is indeed a pleasure for me to announce the appointment of Paul Giffin VA7MPG Section Manager for British Columbia/Yukon effective today. Paul has been licensed since 1993 and has been active in emergency communications for the past 47years, over 40 of them as an operational member of the RCMP. He is currently Emergency Coordinator for the City of Nanaimo and the southern portion of the Regional District of Nanaimo. He is also President of Coast Emergency Communications Group and the mid island Assistant Regional Emergency Radio Representative for the BC Provincial Emergency Program. Paul resides in Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Welcome aboard Paul.

In making this announcement, I would like to sincerely thank outgoing Section Manager Drew Watson VA7DR who completed his two year term yesterday. His service to the RAC and the BC/YT Section is very much appreciated.

Paul is eager to receive news from your area along with any ideas or suggestions that you may have. He is also in the process establishing a BC/YT Section Bulletin service so why not drop him an e-mail to be sure that you are included. You can e-mail him at


Doug Mercer VO1DM CEC
Vice President Field Services

— From Rac website

Thailand’s radio hams help save almost 1,000 lives

Thailand’s radio hams help save almost 1,000 lives

At a recent gathering hosted by Thailand’s amateur radio society, RAST, those present heard how RAST Secretary Wacharaphol, HS4DDQ, and his team working with the Public Health Ministry on Ngarmwongwarn Road and using the callsign HS0AC had helped to save almost 1,000 lives by coordinating rescue communications in cases of medical emergencies. Continue reading Thailand’s radio hams help save almost 1,000 lives

Italian Radio Amateurs involved in flood response

Following flash flooding in the Liguria and Tuscany regions of North West Italy last week which killed 10 people, further heavy rain has struck the region killing more people in flooding.

The Amateur Radio Voluntary communications group RNRE has been asked by their government to provide additional radio communications in the affected areas from Friday 4th November until at least Monday 7th November.

HF Frequencies which may be used in Italy are 3.643, 3.760MHz and 7.045-7.060MHz. Amateurs are asked to listen carefully before using these frequencies to avoid causing QRM to emergency nets.

IARU Region 1

Article originally posted on Southgate Amateur Radio News

Earthquake Notice

-=Notice Only=-

To: U.S. West Coast, Alaska, and British Columbia coastal regions
From: NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
Subject: Tsunami Information Statement issued 11/6/2011 at 1:44AM AKST

At 1:41 AM Alaskan Standard Time on November 6, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.1 occurred 75 miles/121 Km south of Cold Bay, Alaska .

The magnitude is such that a tsunami WILL NOT be generated. This will be the only WCATWC message issued for this event.

The location and magnitude are based on preliminary information. Further information will be issued by the United States Geological Survey or the appropriate regional seismic network.

-=Notice Only=-

GlobalSET November 2011

GlobalSET November 2011

HQ- Stations of all IARU R2 Member Societies and stations of Emergency Communications Groups are invited by IARU R1 to participate in the next Global Simulated Emergency Test. It is scheduled on Saturday, November 12th, 2011, from 11:00 to 15:00 Local Time.

YV5RNE will be HQ-Region 2 Station on the IARU R2 CoA’s frequencies.

Please follow the link:

Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P
Continue reading GlobalSET November 2011