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IN HAMNET's Amateur Radio Report........a week of much activity read more...........

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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.




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 of 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 South Africa hopes all the candidates who wrote the RAE last week found the papers fair.  We hope to hear you on the bands soon, and belonging to Hamnet not long after! 






Hamnet South Africa would like to be amongst the first to congratulate Glynn Chamberlain, ZS6GLN, Deputy Regional Director of Hamnet Gauteng South, on being awarded the Hamnet Shield for services to Hamnet in 2015-16. Glynn is, and has been, the "go-to" person in Hamnet Gauteng South for many years, and functions as Chris ZS6COG's understudy in all organisation of Hamnet's contribution to communications support in Southern Gauteng. Well done Glynn! You have deserved this for a long time.


Hamnet also congratulates our National Director Paul van Spronsen on being awarded the Willie Wilson Gold Badge, the second highest honour the SARL can bestow! Well done too to all the other winners of awards in the other categories.

Further earthquake news from Ecuador is that two strong aftershocks struck on the 18th, with magnitudes 6.8 and 6.7 respectively. So far, only one fatality has been reported. We hope the area's geology will settle soon.


The vital role of women in reducing the risk of disasters is being highlighted in a regional conference that opened on 16 May in Hà Nội.

During the three-day  “Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction” conference, about 70 government officials, non-governmental organisations, researchers from 22 countries - plus, 200 representatives from government, inter-governmental organisations, the United Nations, the Red Cross, and civil society in Việt Nam - gathered to call for urgent action to promote gender equality in disaster risk reduction programmes and policies.


Experts at the conference agree that Asia-Pacific is the world’s most vulnerable region, with seven of the world’s 15 most at risk countries. So the Asia-Pacific is particularly susceptible to the growing impacts of climate change.

Whilst disasters do not discriminate, their impacts affect men and women differently. Globally, women and children are 14 times more likely to die or be injured during a disaster than men. Although women often faced more severe impacts, they also hold the key to minimise disaster-related risks.


Experience in Việt Nam shows that women are the first people to prepare for disaster response activities in their families and also for community resilience.

As a co-organiser of the conference, together with UN Women and the Government of Japan, Việt Nam is calling on other countries to jointly implement gender-responsive disaster risk reduction priorities in the Sendai Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction.


Roberta Clarke, the UN Women Regional Director, said "Women in Asia and the Pacific are able and capable. They are a key lynchpin for addressing disaster risks and for building resilience within themselves and in their communities. As we implement our regional, national and local disaster risk reduction priorities, we should provide them the space to lead, to make their voices heard, and to have their priorities addressed," she said.

Experts at the conference will discuss urgent measures to promote gender equality and to promote women’s leadership through four priorities of the Sendai Framework for Action, including: understanding disaster risks, strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risks, investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience, and enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.


They will also discuss the links between disasters and climate change, how climate change action can contribute to addressing disaster risk reduction challenges, and promoting women’s leadership and participation.

The conference’s recommendations will be introduced to relevant national and regional processes for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-30.


The Sendai Framework for Action in 2015-30 was adopted at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in March 2015. One year after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, all countries in Asia and the Pacific region are developing national action plans to implement the Sendai Framework. Thank you to Viet Nam News for the contribution.

All local eyes are on Vaalpark, Sasolburg, where the SARL Annual General Meeting has been taking place. By now all the decisions, election results, and award recipients are known to you all, and we hope that all SARL members will be at peace with the turn of events.


All international eyes have been on Dayton, Ohio, where the biggest Hamvention in the world has also taken place this weekend. Apart from the displays by suppliers of new goods, there have been talks and discussion panels on many subjects, including emergency communications, digital communications, HF and DX work, VHF and satellite work, kit building and mobile station installations in your vehicle, and much more. Probably the most exhausting aspect of the Hamfest will have been the miles of vendor tables outside the Hara Arena, where the second-hand sales have been proceeding at high speed. Like you all, I would love to attend one of these hamventions, mainly to cruise through all those casual stalls, looking for the ideal piece of equipment to make my emergency station or portable operating the most efficient possible. I'm sure I'd need to hire a 22 wheeler to bring all the stuff home again after the show. I'm also waiting with baited breath to see if that generic "NEW RADIO" arising from Europe gets its official birth announcement during the weekend.

This is Dave Reece ZS1DFR reporting for Hamnet in South Africa.








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