Use or Misuse of Request for Clear Frequencies? – Colombian Earthquake Frequencies and a New Quake off Guatemala 27 - May - 2008Posted by k9zw in Amateur Radio, K9ZW Just Rambled.
Tags: COlumbia Earthquake, Emcomm, K9ZW, K9ZW Just Rambled
Just out on Amateur Reflectors is this request:
Colombian Earthquake Frequencies + New Quake off Guatemala:
From the CQ Newsroom…
CQ Public Service Editor Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, relays the following information from the International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC), via G4HPE:
The following frequencies are in use by amateur radio rescue teams following the 5.5 magnitude earthquake in Colombia:
PLEASE keep these frequencies clear to allow the emergency support to continue.
Frequencies provided from Oscar HK6PRO, Emergency Dispatcher and Firefighter – IRESC member in Colombia.
In addition, the IRESC website reports today (5/27) that, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck just off the coast of Guatelmala this morning at 11:28 UTC. This is confirmed by the US Geological Survey’s Earthquake Center. As this is posted, this has not yet been reported by the mainstream media, and there are no reports yet of amatgeur frequencies in use there.
All amateurs should keep the above frequencies clear (as well as the Chinese earthquake emergency frequencies, 7.050, 7.060 and 7.240 MHz, which were still in use at last report), and listen for any distress calls out of Guatemala.
Though I will personally keep clear of these and listen for any aid requests, one wonders if this is a bit of over-reaction given the reports of “a damaged church” and very limited serious damage?
Is the clear channel request “crying Wolf” or a sensible precaution?
Hard call to make, but certainly we can all do our part to help! I know I will!