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[R3-dcom] Indian hams activate during Cyclone Hudhud

Date:         2014-10-30 5:31AM
Subject:         [R3-dcom] Indian hams activate during Cyclone Hudhud

Indian hams activate during Cyclone Hudhud

The big clean-up continues in the wake of powerful Cyclone Hudhud which affected
the Bay of Bengal leaving a path of damage. Some media accounts put the toll
at 46 lives.

The area has some of the world's strongest tropical cyclones. Locals quickly
evacuated the coast fearing a repeat of the 1999 Odisha Cyclone that claimed
10,000 people.

Amateur Radio Society of India National Coordinator for Disaster Communication
Jayu Bhide VU2JAU says the area, particularly the town of Vishakhapattanam,
had trees uprooted, telephone lines and mobile phone towers damaged and railway
lines blocked.

The storm made landfall on October 12. Amid the disaster scene hams worked
hard to maintain the communications for the public and authorities.

In a report Jayu VU2JAUsaid there were many active on the morning net of
7.145 MHz that kept on air 24 hours a day.

These included those from the Bhuvaneshwar area - Preeti VU3UFX, Rajesh VU3PLP,
and Samir VU2AOR.

In the Sambalpur area were Samir VU2AOR, Dilip VU2DPI, Shantanu VU2SIC and
  Pawan VU2PGU.

The Andhra coastal area had further emergency communications involved hams
under the control of the National Institute of Amateur Radio.

Jayu VU2JAU was in radio contact with them, including hourly bulletins as
they worked hard and were appreciated by the police and other authorities.

He said that while the worst was over this time, lessons on how to prepare
for the next big storm can be learned.

Jayu VU2JAU will visit the state of Odisha to make ham radio fail-safe during
an emergency. This includes a repeater station for VHF hand-held radio communications.

The location of an easy to use simplex repeater will be discussed with the
local Disaster Management authorities.

Jayu VU2JAU said such a repeater works well in his home town of Gwalior and
authorities there have agreed to a mock disaster drill involving the repeater.

Hams are now ready should their services be wanted when Cyclone Nilofar makes
landfall at Gujarat in the western part of India by the weekend.

Pre-emptive evacuations have already occurred but the latest forecast is
that this cyclone will not be as powerful as Hudhud.

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

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