Amateur Radio Emergency Comms Under Review in the US

In response to the Congressional directive to prepare a study to assess Amateur Radio’s role in emergency and disaster communications and the impact of private land use regulations on the amateur community’s ability to provide such communications, the FCC issued DA 12-523 soliciting comments from the public. The period for public comment runs until May 17, 2012.

For the full article go to http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-seeks-public-comments-on-emergency-communications-by-amateur-radio-and-impediments-to-amateur-ra

7.2 Mw – MAULE, CHILE

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.2 Mw
Date-Time
  • 25 Mar 2012 22:37:06 UTC
  • 25 Mar 2012 18:37:06 near epicenter
  • 25 Mar 2012 14:37:06 standard time in your timezone
Location 35.198S 71.783W
Depth 30 km
Distances
  • 32 km (20 miles) NNW (341 degrees) of Talca, Chile
  • 215 km (133 miles) NNE (32 degrees) of Concepcion, Chile
  • 215 km (134 miles) SSW (208 degrees) of SANTIAGO, Chile
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 19.8 km; Vertical 6.7 km
Parameters Nph = 342; Dmin = 24.5 km; Rmss = 0.84 seconds; Gp = 93°
M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID US c0008pwq

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

7.6 Mw – OAXACA, MEXICO

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.6 Mw
Date-Time
  • 20 Mar 2012 18:02:48 UTC
  • 20 Mar 2012 12:02:48 near epicenter
  • 20 Mar 2012 10:02:48 standard time in your timezone
Location 16.662N 98.187W
Depth 17 km
Distances
  • 25 km (16 miles) E (95 degrees) of Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico
  • 42 km (26 miles) NNW (335 degrees) of Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 86 km (54 miles) SW (219 degrees) of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 162 km (101 miles) WSW (255 degrees) of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • 186 km (115 miles) E (96 degrees) of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 15.8 km; Vertical 6.5 km
Parameters Nph = 440; Dmin = 312.8 km; Rmss = 0.88 seconds; Gp = 79°
M-type = Mw; Version = 9
Event ID US c0008m6h

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

6.4 Mw – NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.4 Mw
Date-Time
  • 14 Mar 2012 21:13:11 UTC
  • 15 Mar 2012 07:13:11 near epicenter
  • 14 Mar 2012 13:13:11 standard time in your timezone
Location 5.642S 151.024E
Depth 47 km
Distances
  • 177 km (110 miles) ENE (68 degrees) of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
  • 204 km (127 miles) SW (219 degrees) of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
  • 343 km (213 miles) S (176 degrees) of Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG
  • 462 km (287 miles) ENE (75 degrees) of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
  • 599 km (372 miles) NE (45 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.9 km; Vertical 9.3 km
Parameters Nph = 251; Dmin = 203.7 km; Rmss = 1.16 seconds; Gp = 43°
M-type = Mw; Version = 6
Event ID US b0008hb9

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

SEPARS teaches Kids, Tuesday March 20th

 

Kids Learn about amateur radio at the Surrey BC museum

 

 

Thanks to the efforts of the Surrey (BC) Emergency  Program Amateur Radio Society members kids will learn about emergency communications via amateur radio. The program will take place at the Surrey Museum.   Please check the article noted below. Maybe you could participate and talk to one of the kids

For full details see http://www.surreyleader.com/community/140363773.html

New ARES Logo

RAC Bulletin 2012-017E – New ARES logos
2012-03-11

The attached ARES/SURA logos (see url below), designed by Tyler Tidman VA3DGN are now available for use by all ARES/SURA members and groups. The black and yellow will be used on a “go forward” basis for caps, shirts, crests etc, while the black and white lends itself well when used in print form. Making these logos available in both official languages illustrates the RAC Field Organization’s desire to grow the ARES network in all areas of Canada, and I would like to sincerely thank Tyler for his assistance in bringing these to you.

73,

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC
Chief Field Services Officer

<http://www.rac.ca/en/news/bulletins/2012/new_ares_sura_samples.pdf>

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Pointe-Claire, Québec
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

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DISTRACTED DRIVING LEGISLATION

 

Here is some interesting information:

Please keep in mind that in BC Ham radio operations are exempt from the legislation

4449 tickets handed out by RCMP for the use of electronic devices in Feb 2012 in lower mainland nearly double from Feb 2011

NOW THE GOOD NEWS Distracted driving contributing factor to 27 fatalities in 2011 in lower mainland, down from the 46 in 2010,

PS The lower mainland is the greater Metro Vancouver area and part of the Fraser Valley. While it may represent the bulk of the population of the Province of British Columbia it certainly is not the bulk of the Province in area.