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[R3-dcom] Communication outages filled by Indian hams

2014-10-13 2:30PM
[R3-dcom] Communication outages filled by Indian hams

Communication outages filled by Indian hams

When the powerful Cyclone Hudhud swept into the Bay of Bengal coastal areas
of India disaster authorities called on radio amateurs to help out.

National Coordinator for Disaster Communication, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU said,
"In Odissa there are six hams working hard to maintain the communication
covering the state.

"The effect of Hudhud is now reduced and few deaths have been reported."
The media claimed that at least six deaths had occurred.

That was good news for Odissa because locals feared the bad weather could
be a repeat of the very severe storm Phailin in 2013.

Before Hudhud with winds up to 200 km/h made landfall damaging buildings,
power systems and the loss of communication in many areas, thousands of people
were evacuated to shelters.

While the worst of strong winds and heavy rain is over, the cyclone can still
cause flash flooding and further damage. A full assessment must wait until
the storm moves completely on.

Jayu VU2JAU said that active from the Bhuvaneshwar area are Preeti VU3UFX,
Rajesh VU3PLP and Samir VU2AOR.

In the Sambalpur area are Dilip VU2DPI who is control of a network of Shantanu
VU2SIC and Pawan VU2PGU.

These have been on air using 7140 MHz and have kept their stations open 24
hours a day.

In the Andhra coastal area the total communication is handled by the National
Institute of Amateur Radio, and is now under control.

Jayu VU2JAU from the IARU member Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI), is
monitoring emergency traffic from his home QTH in Gwalior.

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

2014-10-14 7:33PM
[R3-dcom] Hams help in cyclone disaster

Hams help in cyclone disaster

Infrastructure is still being restored following Cyclone Hudhud on Sunday
that hit Odisha in the Bay of Bengal on the east coast of India.

National disaster communication coordinator, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU said it uprooted
75% of trees, blocked most roads, cut power and communication lines.

He said, "There was no water, petrol pumps were out of action and airports
closed. So far ten people had been killed, others injured and many made homeless."

Jayu VU2JAU said the cyclone with heavy rain and winds mainly affected Vishakhapattanam
(Vizag), but has was now subsided.

He said, "Radio amateurs had handled emergency communications. Dilip VU2DPI
controlled a net with Shantanu VU2SIC and Pawan VU2PGU. Other radio amateurs
also played their part in disaster recovery.

"It will take about 5 to 6 days before life returns to normal. Crews are
repairing powerlines, telephones and other infrastructure," said Jayu VU2JAU.

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

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2014-10-17 6:29PM
[R3-dcom] Emcomm radio hams serve local community

Emcomm radio hams serve local community

The worst affected areas in coastal eastern India hit by the severe Cyclone
HudHud this week are still reliant on Amateur Radio for communications after
vital infrastructure was destroyed.

At least six people have been killed in the disaster with wind gusts up to
200 kph and heavy rain.

National disaster communication coordinator, Jayu Bhide VU2JAU said as further
assessment of the damage is made the most affected town is Vishakhapattanam,
also known as Vizag.

"All communication with that town is via radio amateurs," he said. "Ham Radio
communication is set up in and around Vizag.

"In spite of there being no water or electricity supply, no mobile phone
towers or telephone lines, the emergency communications are smooth using
ham radio operations."

The presence and skill radio amateurs providing their services under difficult
circumstances with buildings and utilities badly damaged, is greatly appreciated.

Jayu VU2JAU said: "Authorities are very happy to see all the hams and their
equipment is working hard to help in the disaster zone.

"A station has been installed in the Bhimili Police Station operated by Raju
VU2JFA assisted by a shortwave listener Asit Das. Others in Bhimili include
Lee VU2SZG and Tom VU2TMO."

It seems that the police are using the hams effectively as they continue
with their essential tasks.

Another ham station is installed at the Police Commissioner's office at Padanabham,
where it is operated by Ram VU2MYH.

Vizag is not the only area involved with other stations in Shikakulam, and
the National Institute of Amateur Radio VU2NRO at Hyderabad is in control
of Jose VU2JOS and YL Yamini VU2YAM.

Other radio amateurs have also played their part in disaster recovery. Traffic
they handled was mostly of a health and welfare nature, plus coordinating
the disaster recovery.

The entire operation using 14.160 MHz and 7.073 MHz is being monitored and
propagation sometimes means that traffic has been relayed.

Jayu VU2JAU said slowly the situation is returning to normal while the recovery
and clean-up continues for another three or four days.

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

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