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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY 31 December 2019 through 1 January 2020

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY 31 December 2019 through 1 January 2020

Date : 31 / 12 / 2019
Author : Greg Kelly VK2GPK – WIA President
The WIA has received advice that there are major outages of telecommunications in areas impacted by the bushfires either currently or expected to occur overnight. The scope and range of these impacts is unknown at this stage.

The WIA kindly asks Radio Amateurs to monitor the EMCOM HF frequencies ( as per IARU-R3 EMCOM bandplan on the WIA or IARU-R3 website) whenever feasible over the next 24 to 48 hours.

VHF and UHF Repeaters should also be monitored wherever possible.

Amateurs seeking to establish emergency communication should use these EMCOMM frequencies in the first instance, or repeaters if available.

Radio Amateurs who are volunteers for WICEN, CREST, etc should keep themselves updated from the respective websites of these organisations.

Emergency Communication is one of the three main reasons Radio Amateurs have access to RF Spectrum. Please assist if and when you can.

IARU Region III has adopted the following frequencies as recommended emergency centre of activity frequencies:

3.600 MHz
7.110 MHz
14.300 MHz
18.160 MHz
21.360 MHz.

“Centre of Activity” frequencies are not spot frequencies or net frequencies. They are recommended as starting points for emergency traffic which may extend 5 kHz above or below the designated centre frequency.

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