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[R3-dcom] Typhoon Haiyan

Date:         2013-11-7 10:07
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Typhoon Haiyan

As this weather system sweeps across the Northern Pacific the Philippines
Amateur Radio Association has declared it is now using 7.095 and 144.740
having activated its HERO network stations.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ of PARA asks that those frequencies be kept keep for
emergency traffic.

Date:         2013-11-8 10:50
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Strong typhoon hits Philippines

The Super Typhoon Haiyan has affected the Philippines, triggering flooding,
destroying buildings and causing millions of people to take shelter.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA)
reports that the typhoon made landfall at about 4.40am local time today in
Guian Estern Samar, about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, and neighbouring
provinces are affected.

Then it made second landfall over Dulag-Tolosa, Leyte with maximum sustained
winds of 235 kilometres per hour near the centre and gusting up to 275 kph.

Sadly the area of Bohol and Cebu, which suffered from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake
in October, are also along the typhoon's path. Bohol was the epicentre of
the earthquake that killed 222 people, where at least 5,000 survivors still
living in tents.

There is no power in many areas including Masbate, Ticao Island, Southern
Sorsogon, Romblon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, Southern
Leyte, Biliran, Northern Cebu, Cebu City, Bantayan, Camotes Islands, Northern
Negros Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras and Dinagat Province.

Ramon DU1UGZ said, "HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operator) have reported that
those along the typhoon path have shut down their radios as they wait out
for it to pass. In a few hours, we feel we should be hearing them again."

Already there have been some 270 postings of emergency traffic. More reports
are expected. Earlier PARA called for the frequencies of 7.095 and 144.740
to be kept clear for emergency traffic.

Typhoon Haiyan, the world's strongest this year, and some reports make it
potentially one of the most intense recorded.

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 major storms or typhoons
each year. Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on Mindanao
Island in December 2012.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Date: 2013-11-9 09:47
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Super Typhoon disaster in the Philippines

Super Typhoon disaster in the Philippines

Powerful Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda), the strongest ever to hit
land, struck the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people,
cutting services, leaving the task of providing shelter, welfare and the
massive clean-up.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA),
reports that the Ham Emergency Radio Operator (HERO) has been helping authorities
with their reports and messages.

"They helped track the destructive storm, its fierce wind, rainfall, storm
surges, damage, plus outages of communications and other services.

"HERO network stations did this through PARA using amateur radio on 7.095MHz,
144.740MHz and via social media," said Ramon DU1UGZ.

The storm uprooted trees and brought down many power lines. Among HERO reports
was news of the official pre emptive evacuations along exposed coastal areas
in the hours before the typhoon arrived.

Others were alerted about flash floods and landslides. Authorities had warned
more than 12 million people were at risk. The disaster planning potentially
saved many lives.

While millions of people in 20 provinces are in shelters, the full extent
of casualties and damage will take authorities several days to gather.

Ramon DU1UGZ said also affected was Bohol and Cebu, which suffered damage
from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October, killing 222 people and leaving
at least 5,000 sheltering in tents. The HERO Network also assisted in that
disaster.

Throughout the current typhoon the Filipino spirit was high. As it approached,
the Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged all to take every safety measure
possible.

"I thought it best to speak to you to emphasise the gravity of the calamity
our countrymen will face in these coming days, and to ask of everyone cooperation
and solidarity," the President said. In the rescue effort was the air force,
army and navy.

As the unprecedented disaster unfolds, those already pledging their support
include the European Union, UNICEF, Red Cross and many other non-government
aid and relief organisations.

Typhoon Haiyan, the 23rd and strongest storm to hit the Philippines this
year is now headed towards other countries.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Date:         2013-11-9 08:36
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Monster typhoon leaves huge losses

Monster typhoon leaves huge losses

The extent of damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) that
hit the central Philippines on Friday is still being assessed with the death
toll upgraded to at least 100, many injured and half a million made homeless.

Sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) hit
the central Philippines, sweeping away homes, buildings, blocking roads with
fallen trees, and disrupting power and communications.

Ham Emergency Radio Operator (HERO) Thelma Pascua DU1IVT said emergency communications
was still carrying essential traffic as the rescue and relief effort continues.

Thelma DU1VT said, "We have established a good HF communication link with
Tacloban City. DX5RAN (RADNET or District 5 Radio Amateur Network) is operating
at the Tacloban City Hall powered by a generator and using a wire antenna.

"Exchanges on air are for emergency, priority or welfare traffic to and from
Leyte Province. This may take days while other means of communications are
yet to be restored."

Tacloban City is on one the hardest-hit Leyte Island. It was one of six islands
that the typhoon slammed into on Friday. Survivors sheltering in damaged
homes described how the noise sounded like a jumbo jet was flying over their
roofs.

She said that the National Telecommunications Commission was monitoring the
traffic on the HERO networks using the 40m and 2m bands.

Thelma DU1VT said, "Also, even without commercial power, an amateur club
DX7BC in Bohol (recently devastated by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake)) is
with us on 7.095 MHz, ready to relay in case propagation becomes poor between
DU1 and DU5.

"Bohol is on the eastern side of Leyte. We admire these hams, with such a
short break from their relief and humanitarian operations (caused by the
earthquake)), here they are again ready to help out in communications. They
are in the Governor's place as the command centre."

High ranking government officials are expected to use a HERO link manned
by Nathan Eamiguel DU5AOK, to communicate with the National Disaster and
Risk Reduction Council.

The Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) had activated the HERO operators
in advance of Typhoon Haiyan hitting land and have been in use ever since.

After leaving the Philippines the fast-moving typhoon is headed across the
South China Sea and other countries, China and Vietnam.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Date:         2013-11-10 08:35
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Typhoon toll rises as rescuers reach affected areas  

Typhoon toll rises as rescuers reach affected areas

The number killed by Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) has dramatically
increased with the Red Cross now unofficially estimating 1,000 dead.

The full damage of the monster typhoon, which hit the central Philippines
on Friday, is not known as authorities are finding it hard to reach or report
some places. Many houses and buildings have been destroyed, with four million
people affected.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA),
reports that the Ham Emergency Radio Operator (HERO) continues to help authorities
and residents by handling relief messages.

PARA had activated the HERO operators in advance of the typhoon hitting land
and have been used throughout the country. The National Telecommunications
Commission continues to monitor it.

Ramon DU1UGZ said in one of the worst affected areas of Tacloban is Nathan
Eamiguel DU5AOK with other RADNET members.

He said, "They are acting as field liaisons to validate and secure requested
information on the whereabouts and situation of Tacloban residents from relatives
from all over the country.

?Our National Traffic System (NTS) Co-Chairman Jojo Vicencio DU1VHY, together
with Max Santos 4F1BYN relocated to La Montana Estates in Antipolo - the
QTH of Peter Schuemann DU1DL, to better copy transmissions from Tacloban
City.?

The Tacloban station is now transmitting barefoot at 100 watts, passing health
and welfare traffic.

"The farthest that RADNET members have penetrated is Palo which is the nearest
municipality to Tacloban City. There are still no cellular phone services
or electricity in the area," Ramon DU1UGZ said.

Among the other Ham Emergency Radio Operator activity is the Cebu Amateur
Radio League (CARL) DX7CA which has been deployed to Bantayan Islands.

He said, "Bantayan Islands is one of the hardest hit islands east of Cebu
Province. The DX7CA team is composed of Sidney Tan DW7EEE, Dondon Medina
4F7FDM along with his wife Mylene DW7MYL and their son Miko DV7MYC, and DW7MMM.

"Another DX7CA team is stationed at the Cebu Capitol Building composed of
Steve Tan DW7MCC, Randy Benbaye DV7NGG, DW7EUR and Abel DU1CLZ," said Ramon
DU1UGZ.

"There has been no news emerging from the islands as the initial national
government focus has been on Tacloban City and its neighbouring municipalities.

"However the Governor Davide has already gone to the islands and convened
a needs-assessment meeting with local officials," he said.

The government has set up command centres in both the Eastern and Western
Visayas, and may use the HERO network, to better coordinate the recovery
effort.

It the path of the typhoon was the island of Bohol, the epicentre of a 7.1-magnitude
earthquake in October that killed 222 people and left 5,000 survivors in
tents.

Rescuers and relief supplies are reaching remote places for the first time,
painting a gloomy picture indeed.

The Philippines had Typhoon Bopha in December 2012 that left about 2000 people
dead or missing on the southern island of Mindanao.

Typhoon Haiyan was a fast-moving Category 5 typhoon with winds gusting up
to 379km/h affecting 36 provinces in the Philippines and is now headed for
Vietnam where 300,000 people are in storm shelters.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Date:         2013-11-13 06:58
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Hams still involved in Philippines typhoon disaster

Hams still involved in Philippines typhoon disaster

While humanitarian aid continues to flow albeit slowly in some areas in the
aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in central Philippines, the Ham Emergency Radio
Operator network stations are handling lots of vital messages.

The death toll has been put at 2,000 or so officially, even though estimates
have been much higher.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA),
said its Ham Emergency Radio Operator or HERO network is working inside the
disaster areas, and sending messages on HF and VHF elsewhere in the archipelago.


He reports that the first improvements in the relief response were felt with
cellular mobile companies beginning to restore their services in hard hit
Tacloban.

The RADNET HERO station there had been handling inquiries about the whereabouts
of people in the Tacloban and the nearby Palo areas, but when Internet services
became available the pressure from residents was greatly reduced.

The RADNET station could not operate after dark due to a curfew imposed to
maintain law and order.

Ramon DU1UGZ said that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has
now used the HERO network for several messages.

"It appears that NTC had an emergency meeting and decided to provide hams
in the area with mobile rigs and hand-held portables.

"The NTC's awareness of the importance of Amateur Radio is maturing and there
are talks of our clubs training and maintaining stations NTC regional offices,"
he said.

The national agencies have relocated the Command Post to the Tacloban Grandstand.
For coordination reasons, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation
Council (CDRRMC) has joined them.

Ramon DU1UGZ said that the hard-working DU5AOK station is left by itself
in the second floor of city hall in Tacloban, with security, food, and logistics
problems starting to emerge.

"We are urgently requesting assistance to sustain the DU5AOK station and
ensure operations in the other hard struck areas are established - Samar,
Panay, Cebu, Biliran, and the tourist area of Palawan," he said.

"We need equipment (field deployable systems, power source generators and
antenna systems), food or ration packs and operators tent."

Financial donations are also welcome via the PARA Paypal account.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Date:         2013-11-14 07:51
Subject:         [R3-dcom] ITU sends satellite equipment to disaster

ITU sends satellite equipment to disaster

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will send satellite communication
equipment to the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on November
8.

The Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) and its Ham Emergency Radio
Operations and HERO networks of radio amateurs who continue providing vital
communications for the search, rescue and relief efforts.

"ITU is prepared to help the government and people of the Philippines in
every way possible in their hour of need, and to deal with the colossal tragedy
that has overwhelmed the country with unimaginable loss of life and property,"
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Tour?, HB9EHT, said.

It "could be weeks or months" before the telecommunication infrastructure
is back in order, the ITU said it hoped the equipment would help in assessing
the widespread damage and loss of life as well as "enable much-needed support
for search-and-rescue services as well as the need for families to re-establish
contacts."

The gear from the specialized United Nation agency included satellite telephones
as well as network terminals and a CDMA base station.

All of the equipment can be charged via automotive batteries, with solar
panels as a back-up power source, the ITU said.

The ITU also has sent communication experts to the Philippines to train first
responders in the use of the equipment during search-and-rescue operations
and for logistical support.

In other developments - the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Wireless
Institute of Australia are among those who have sent letters of acknowledgement
and support to the Philippines Amateur Radio Association.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Date:         2013-11-20 10:08
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) update

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) update

One of the most powerful storms ever recorded hit the central Philippines
on November 8 with 314-km/  winds that killed about 4,000 people, swept away
coastal villages and devastated main cities.

The Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) and its Ham Emergency Radio
Operation (HERO) network continue to provide emergency communications, although
some communications and limited power have recently been restored in many
disaster areas.

HERO stations have worked with authorities including the National Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the National Telecommunications
Commission (NTC), local communities and non-government organisations.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ, Vice Chief Operating Officer of PARA, reports that
many are active throughout the archipelago including in most typhoon disaster
areas.

The news media has taken interest with Ramon DU1UGZ being interviewed, including
twice on the BBC and also US network. Nathan DU5AOK (Tacloban) and Ramon
have also been on radio station DZBB interviewed by the program anchor Kiko
Flores.

In one interview Ramon DU1UGZ told how people queued up at a HERO station
to get their health and welfare messages out.

He knew that amateur radio emergency communications were effective, and the
results saw many "tearful moments" occur when the messages got through.

The BBC World Service latest can be heard at:      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01lbk7y/Weekend_17_11_2013/


Ramon DU1UGZ said that a group from Don Bosco Technical College Manila including
a radio amateur Rey DV1DWJ has reached Borongan and HERO station of Lester
DV5PO.

With them was fuel for a generator and he assisted them to set up an HF station.
On the Cebu side, Paul Kelly (retired US Col) DU7/N1PK is assisting the Don
Bosco effort.

PARA Chief Financial Officer, Jojo DU1VHY is a Don Bosco alumni and coordinating
its involvement.

In other reports another group, FARE-8 of Dipolog City with Roy Garbonera
DV8BQI is on a relief mission on San Remigio Bantayan Island in Cebu. Roy
has roots there and will be on HF.

In coming days the CARL club relief effort headed by Sidney Tan DW7EEE will
join ham club RECON MACE in the Municipality of Daanbantayan, at the northern
part of Cebu Island.

RECON MACE is assisting a French medical mission at Santa Fe Bantayan Island.
A French ham operator Denis Ramelet F5PXF has asked PARA to monitor and
assist the medical team, on Santa Fe Island in Bantayan.

Ramon DU1UGZ said the relief operators for Tacloban have arrived and backed
up Nathan DU5AOK who had been the HERO signal in the town.

Manolet DW7DTW has now installed a station in a private warehouse with high
elevation in the city, making it easy to communicate with other Dumaguete
City rescue volunteers on the ground.

A large relief caravan from the Municipality of Cabatuan, Iloilo with Panay
Amateur Radio Club members is packed with relief goods for San Enrique, San
Rafael and Estancia.

Weather systems called typhoons, hurricanes or cyclones, are unpredictable
in their formation, intensity, size, speed of movement and path. About 20
hurricanes hit The Philippines a year.

On the latest official figures, 1,598 people are missing, 18,175 injured,
2.2 million affected in 10,365 villages or 44 provinces, 288,922 houses lost
and damage to 282,884 others. There are 353,862 people in 1,550 evacuation
centres. The total property damage is estimated at $14.5 billion.

-Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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Date:         2013-12-5 11:55 am
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Philippines ham network stand-down

Philippines ham network stand-down

The latest official death toll in the Philippines from the world's strongest
typhoon ever to reach land on November 8 has reached 5,719, with 1,779 still
missing.

After weeks of deployment the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA)
has stood down its HERO (Ham Emergency Radio Operations) Network, although
some still remain in the disaster clean-up.

PARA Vice Chief Operating Officer, Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ said while this
has occurred, four stations (Thelma DU1IVT, Jojo DU1VHY, Romy DV1SMQ and
Panny DU1EQ) are monitoring for any assistance from the local HERO stations.

There is a long way to go in the aftermath of this disaster with over 26,000
injured, four million people displaced, 1.2 million houses destroyed and
extensive damage to agriculture and infrastructure in the central Philippines.

He said that PARA and its HERO Network stations realise that a tremendous
amount of vital emergency communications has been given to rescue and relief
agencies, but still has plenty of tasks ahead.

Ramon DU1UGZ said this includes accurately documenting what has occurred
with the HERO Network, gaining recognition by the authorities and communities,
and furthering of its role in disaster preparedness.

Already greater recognition of HERO is starting to appear among the authorities,
and PARA is making sure its role is not lost in the enormity of this tragic
disaster.

The hard hit Tacloban area is where General Douglas MacArthur landed in 1944
to oust the invading forces from the Philippines during World War II.

In Tacloban and the rest of Eastern Visayas, ACCESS-5 continues to be embedded
with the Command Post National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
(NDRRMC) in Tacloban City. Operators are Jerick DV5JMS, Mario 4F5MM, and
Pio DW5PIO.

ACCESS-5 Tacloban is now augmented by some 35 ACCESS-5 members from Catbalogan,
Samar and Burauen, Leyte.  The additional people make their roles in the
clean-up and recovery operations more manageable.

The PARA Secretary General, Butch Pacana DU1RP drove from Davao City to visit
HERO stations in Borongan, Eastern Samar and Tacloban City.

While in Borongan, he had the chance to act as courier for the SitRep (Situation
Report) from Eastern Samar to Tacloban City.  The report carried by Butch
DU1RP is the very first official situation report from Eastern Samar.

This greatly helped provincial officials find a suitable means of transport
to Tacloban. His report is that HERO operators are coping well and up to
the task.

Still on Borongan, the Don Bosco officials maintain their HF link between
Borongan, Eastern Samar, Cebu and Mandaluyong in metropolitan Manila, to
try and normalise youth activities.

In the Central Visayas, Iver DV6ILA is still operational at the Capiz Provincial
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Roxas City.

The signal of Iver DV6ILA has considerably increased with the donation of
an Icom IC730 to the station by Bing Rodriguez DU6RCR, with a suitable microphone
loaned by Bob Garcia DU6BG.

Arnel DV6WAV reports that electricity is back at the Capiz State University
where he's a professor and has activated another VHF/HF station.

Other HERO stations also remain active, occasionally reporting on their activities
and giving progress reports on the restoration of services.

Ramon DU1UGZ said that PARA now had a permit to import equipment, and its
Board will meet on the placement and use.

He acknowledged a donation by Patrick Prescott KC1AJT who sent a package
containing an Alinco DX-SR8J HF transceiver, and an Alinco EDX2 tuner by
Stanley Jungleib WA6LVC. ARRL Ham Aid Kits are also expected by the PARA
Office.

In the media relations both Nathan Eamiguel DU5AOK and Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ
have featured with a 40--minute interview on the GMA Network AM radio station
DZBB on Saturday November 23.

"The program's host, Francis 'Kiko' Flores, welcomed the participation of
amateur radio in the emergency.

"He recalled his own experiences in the 1991 Baguio earthquake where he personally
experienced the usefulness of amateur radio emergency communications," said
Ramon DU1UGZ.

That interview was in addition to those on BBC radio, and NPR in the United
States organised by the ARRL.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.

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