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IN HAMNET's Amateur Radio Report........brief report back on events around the world......

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Something has gone terribly wrong. Normal ways of doing things are not working. The fastest way to turn an emergency into a full disaster is to lose communications.

Radio Amateurs understand emergencies. For over 70 years they have provided emergency communications for organisations. When normal ways of communication fail or get overloaded Radio Amateurs will be there.  

HAMNET, the National Emergency Communications division of the South African Radio League (SARL), provides communications for emergencies and can mobilise experienced communicators who with their own radio equipment will back up official channels or take over when all else fails.


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The SARL represents all Radio Amateurs in South Africa at all levels of Government and through the IARU at the International telecommunications Union.

Radio Amateurs or "Hams" use two-way radio communication to make contact with other radio amateurs all over the world. They are even able to use satellites and on occasion speak with astronauts. Radio Hams can do this from home or while mobile in cars, boats or on foot.

Radio Hams have a full range or communication modes at their disposal. These include plain voice, Morse code, numerous digital computer modes and even graphical modes like television. A licensed radio amateur is able to join in experiments using all these modes.



HAMNET REPORT 31 August 2014

It has been a while since we had a look at natural disasters around the globe and with a pretty severe cold front moving over the country at present, snow and flooding in the Western Cape had emergency services on the hop.

However, looking at the Global Disaster Alert website, a fair number of quakes were reported this week with the most severe in Guatemala measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale. It was on the coast but at a depth of 66 kilometres and did not cause any damage of loss of life.

The other quakes were all around the 4 on the Richter scale and no reports of damage or deaths were received.  Countries affected were Tajikistan, China, Indonesia, Syria, Timor, Papua New Guinea, and Iran.

Last week, a fairly severe – over 6 on the Richter scale, shook San Francisco and caused a fair amount of damage.

Three tropical cyclones are shown in the website named Christobal, off the American north coast, and near the Bahamas, Marie and Karina off the Mexican coast in out in the Pacific.

There are currently no open emergencies where humanitarian aid is required.

Locally, although not as severe as predicted, a fair amount of snow did fall on high lying regions and in the media, a number of road accidents due to the snow was reported.  Another cold front is out in the Atlantic and moving slowly north East but with a ‘high pressure’ ahead of it the chances are good that it may just bring some rain to the Western Cape probably sometime toward the end of next week.

We will keep an eye on this one.

Not too much to report on this week and we sincerely hope that this is not the still before the storm….


Reporting for Hamnet, this is Francois Botha – ZS6BUU.

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