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Lähettäjä: Alokesh Gupta [mailto:alokeshgupta@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Lähetetty: 27. joulukuuta 2004 20:44
Vastaanottaja: vuhams@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; CQ_VU@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aihe: [dx_india] Radio Amateurs, DXpedition Team Handle Emergency
Traffic in Disaster's Wake

Radio Amateurs, DXpedition Team Handle Emergency Traffic in Disaster's Wake
NEWINGTON, CT, Dec 27, 2004--Here is an update on the current situation in
India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Sri Lanka, with thanks to The
Daily DX, courtesy of its editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR, and from Horey
Majumdar, VU2HFR: News agencies now report estimates of more than 21,000
feared dead from the tsunamis (tidal waves) that took place in the Bay of
Bengal December 26. The estimated death toll in the Andaman and Nicobar
Islands ranges from 2000 to 5000. VU2HFR reports that radio amateurs in
India are handling hundreds of pieces of health and welfare traffic
regarding people missing and from relatives of those living in Andaman and
Nicobar Islands, which are closer to the earthquake's epicenter.

"There is presently no communication from Nicobar Islands," Majumdar
reports, noting that Nicobar received more damage than Andaman. McClenny
says the VU4RBI/VU4NRO DXpedition team continues to pass traffic and
occasionally hand out QSOs. C. K. "Ram" Raman, VU3DJQ, reports he was in
contact with Sarath, 4S7SW, a physician operating from the vicinity of a
hospital in Mathara, Sri Lanka, which also was heavily hit by the tsunamis.
"He is requesting food, clothing and medicines for relief," Raman reported.
"He will be listening 14.195 and 21.295." Telephones are not working there,
he said.

McClenny and Majumdar agree that it was fortuitous that the VU4RBI/VU4NRO
DXpedition was under way when the disaster struck. "If there is a positive
aspect to this disaster, it may very well be that the Indian government--and
others--realize the ability of Amateur Radio during these difficult times,"
McClenny observed.

The initial earthquake off the Indonesian Island of Sumatra just before 0100
UTC on December 26 now has been upgraded to 9.0 on the Richter scale. Since
then, the National Earthquake Information Center has reported some 18
aftershocks split between the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The most recent,
just before 0100 UTC today, registered 6.1 on the Richter scale.

Sandeep Baruah, VU2MUE, reports two emergency frequencies have been
established. VU4NRO, the team at Port Blair, will be QRV on or near 14.190
MHz. The club station VU2NRO in Hyderabad on the mainland will relay traffic
to and from Port Blair.

Other emergency traffic frequencies being reported include 14.193 and 14.160
MHz in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 7.050 MHz in South India, 7.055 MHz
in Indonesia and 7.075 in Thailand, where stations from 4S7, VU2 and 9M2
were reportedly heard.

D.V.R.K. Murthy, VU2DVO,and Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, are now in Port Blair.
Reports indicate that some telephone lines are now working, but there still
is no water or electricity at the Hotel Sinclair, where the VU4 DXpedition
was headquartered.

In the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the most devastated area is Car Nicobar,
which has been totally cut off. It is possible that Amateur Radio operators
may travel to this area after obtaining clearance from local authorities.
Club station VU2NCT and VU2MUE in Calcutta all are helping with the efforts
to pass emergency traffic to Port Blair.

Baruah is operating club station VU2NCT in coordination with the National
Disaster Control, New Delhi. The Calcutta VHF Amateur Radio Society has set
up a control station from Calcutta. Majumdar is operating that station and
has been in touch with VU4RBI in the Andamans.

Charly Harpole, K4VUD, who had been visiting the VU4RBI/VU4NRO operation and
filing regular reports via The Daily DX now is reported back on the Indian

Majumdar also tells ARRL that hams from Bangalore and Chennai on the Indian
mainland are moving toward Nagapattinam to set up ham radio disaster
communication stations at Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu--the worst-affected
areas on the mainland. The Indian Army is assisting stations on Andaman by
providing logistics and backup batteries.

Majumdar says radio amateurs from Bangalore, Chennai and other parts of
South India are trying to set up stations in the affected areas of Tamil

James Brooks, 9V1YC, provided additional information via The Daily DX. He
says Andaman and Nicobar Islands authorities have asked the DXpedition team
for relief communications help. They have requested one station at the
deputy commissioner's office in Port Blair and another on the remote Nicobar
Islands. VU2RSB will be manning the station at the deputy commissioner's
office in Port Blair, and VU2RSI will staff the station at the current
DXpedition site until further notice.

He reports the Indian Army will be flying VU2MYH and VU2DVO out to the
Nicobar Islands with three days' food, a rig, batteries and an inverted V.

The VU4RBI/VU4NOR team was allowed back into the damaged hotel building and
Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, "is bravely operating on the fifth floor using the
Yagi" despite continued aftershocks. Telephones in the building are also
working again.

Commercial power is returning slowly, but the DXpedition team continues to
use battery power most of the time.

The DXpedition has been suspended, but VU2RBI still is promising to hand out
the contacts once emergency communications work is finished. The team has
asked authorities for an extension of the DXpedition, but so far this has
not been granted. "This decision may change, due to the relief
communications work they are supplying," Brooks said. Bharathi Prasad,
VU2RBI, will be leaving on January 1 regardless, he reports, and if any time
extension is granted VU2RSB and VU2MYH will remain for an additional week,
possibly longer.

Here in the US, the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has
been monitoring HF frequencies for news and information in an attempt to
assist with emergency communications as needed.--additional information from


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