AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION NETWORK
IN HAMNET's Amateur Radio Report........cold fronts, quakes and cyclones dominate the globe this week......
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WHEN ALL FAILS AMATEUR RADIO SUCCEEDS
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 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 27 July 2014
According to the weatherman, this winter is far from over. A fairly severe front is currently moving across the country with at least another two to follow. Although there is a high pressure system ahead of the last front, it will still affect the Western Cape and Southern Cape.
The current front will reach Gauteng and KZN by today and there is a possibility of snow on high ground. Gauteng can expect some cloudy weather but not sufficient to bring either rain or snow.
We will keep an eye on the various fronts as they develop over the next week or so.
Across the globe this week, earthquakes were reported in 7 countries or areas with the most severe being 5.4 in Papua New Guinea on the 24th of July. It affected over 100,000 people but was at a depth of over 70km with result it did not cause any severe damage.
Iran suffered a 5.1 scale quake near Bandar Abbas that affected around half a million people. And also on the 24th of July, a quake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale hit the Philippines who really have been at for receiving end of many natural disasters over the past few weeks.
A tropical storm is currently developing out in the Pacific Ocean west of the American coastline. Named Genevieve it is slowly moving eastward. Typhoon Matmo hit the Philippines earlier again causing heavy rain, strong winds and displacing many people.
News from regions; The Western Cape are again offering a training session for senior officials and marshals who are involved in rallying. Training is compulsory and this will take place over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of August. The meeting on Sunday the 10th is for everyone who is involved in any way, including radio officials. This will take place at the Killarney race track.
To participate, please contact Hugh, ZS1YS or Davey ZR1FR.
Please continue to try and participate in our every hour on the hour call-in on 7,110 MHz during the day. When conditions are doubtful, the 10.125 MHz frequency is a good alternative. Early and late evening, 3,770MHz is currently the favoured frequency due to occasional interference on 3.760MHz.
Reporting for Hamnet, this is Francois Botha – ZS6BUU.