The Voice of Community Radio – Low Power FM Radio Project in Haiti

An update from Max KC9LOE:

“Good Morning Everyone. Just a quick note about my trip to Haiti as it relates to the devastating earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince yesterday. As of this time our trip has been put on hold and we will not be going down next week. This decision was made by Pastor Dwight in Appleton who is the Senior pastor of Calvary Chapel of Appleton who was coordinating the mission trip.

Right now we still have not heard from Pastor Bastia from Calvary Chapel Caneille in Haiti. He and his wife were in Port-au-Prince yesterday for a couple days, so please keep them and all if Haiti in prayer as they struggle to recover from this devastation.

As I have updates I will pass them along to everyone.

Serving Christ in Radio,

Max Rathke”

and from CQ/WorldRadio:

“CQ News: At least one Haitian Ham station active
Date:January 13, 2010 10:10:29 AM CST

From the CQ / WorldRadio Online Newsroom:

Some ham radio activity from Haiti is beginning to be heard, following yesterday’s devastating earthquake.

Father John Henault, HH6JH, in Port-au-Prince, made contact late Wednesday morning with the Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net (IATN) on 14.300 MHz, the IARU Global Centre of Activity frequency for emergency communications. Based on relays monitored at W2VU, Father John reported that he and those with him were safe, but had no power and no phone service. He was operating on battery power and hoping to get a generator running later in the day. He asked the station copying him, William Sturridge, KI4MMZ, in Flagler Beach, Florida, to telephone relatives with information that he was OK.

The following frequencies are in use for earthquake-related traffic and should be kept clear unless you are able to provide requested assistance: 14300 (IATN), 14265 (SATERN); 7045 (IARU Region II) and 3720 (IARU Region II) kHz. Additional frequencies may be activated on different bands at different times of day, so be sure to listen carefully before transmitting to make sure you are not interfering with emergency traffic.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

— The editors

Worldradio-l mailing list “

In the hours since I posted this Haiti has suffered a huge natural disaster – from the BBC News:

“A 7.0-magnitude quake which hit south of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is feared to have killed hundreds of people across the Caribbean country.

In the space of a minute, Haiti’s worst quake in two centuries wrecked the HQ of the UN mission, the presidential palace and numerous other buildings.

A “large number” of UN personnel were reported missing by the organisation.
The capital is now said to be in total darkness with many people sleeping outside amid fear of more aftershocks.

Describing the earthquake as a “catastrophe”, Haiti’s envoy to the US said the cost of the damage could run into billions.

A number of nations, including the US, UK and Venezuela, are gearing up to send aid.”

From CQ/WorldRadio the devastation and clear frequencies:

“Earthquake net frequencies – 7045, 3720 kHz – Please keep clear

From the CQ / WorldRadio Online Newsroom

All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic related to today’s major earthquake in Haiti.

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reports that as of 0245 UTC on January 13, nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that the above frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hams manage to get on the air, and in case of other related events in surrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

The following is from an e-mail from CO2KK:

A few minutes after the earthquake was felt in eastern Cuba’s cities, the Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs Emergency Net was activated, with net control stations CO8WM and CO8RP located in the city of Santiago de Cuba, and in permanent contact with the National Seismology Center of Cuba located in that city.

Stations in the city of Baracoa, in Guantanamo province, were also activated immediately as the earth movements were felt even stronger there, due to its proximity to Haiti. CO8AZ and CO8AW went on the air immediately, with CM8WAL following. At the early phase of the emergency, the population of the city of Baracoa was evacuated far away from the coast, as there was a primary alert of a possible tsunami event or of a heavy wave trains sequence impacting the coast line at the city’s sea wall …

Baracoa could not contact Santiago de Cuba stations on 40 meters due to long skip after 5 PM local time, so several stations in western Cuba and one in the US State of Florida provided relays. CO2KK as IARU Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator, helped to organize the nets, on 7045 kHz and also on 3720 kHz, while local nets in Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa operated on 2 meters.

As late as 9,45 PM local time 0245 UTC we have not been able to contact any amateur or emergency services stations in Haiti.

Amateurs from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela were monitoring the 40 meter band frequency, that I notified to the IARU Region II executive Ramon Santoyo XE1KK as in use for the emergency, requesting that 7045 kHz be kept as clear as possible..

We are still keeping watch on 7045 kHz hoping that someone in Haiti may have access to a transceiver and at least a car battery to run it.

All information that has so far come from the Cuban seismologists tell us of a very intense earthquake, and also of the possibility of other events following.

Following the advice of the geophysicists, we are keeping the 7045 and 3720 kiloHertz frequencies active until further notice.”

Our individual willingness to help projects like this may be even more important as the country rebuilds

I’ll post Max KC9LOE’s project updates in respect to the earthquake.

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Calvary Chapel Caneille Haiti

Calvary Chapel Caneille Haiti

Max KC9LOE is a Mancorad Hamcram Student who is participating in a very excellent project to bring a Low Power FM Radio project to life in Haiti:

“Steve, it was good to talk to you.

Here is the synopsis on my trip to Haiti Jan 18th to the 24th. I am going down with 3 other gentleman from Calvary Chapel of Appleton to setup a FM radio station for Calvary Chapel Caneille ( They are located about 10 miles SE of Hinche, Haiti. We have purchased a NiCom LT 500/LCD 500w transmitter/amplifier combo, and will be taking down a SWR FM1/2 2 bay circular antenna. We will be placing the antenna approx 30 feet off the ground, and have approval from the Haitian government to operate on 99.5FM with 500w of power. Here are the coordinates if you would like to see where we are going to be: 19º 06′ 20.02″ N 71º54′ 12.82″ W. This station will be broadcast in the native language, Creol, and will play both music and bible teaching from Pastor Bastia from Calvary Chapel Caneille, and eventually they also hope to do live broadcasts of interviews and their weekly church services as well.

Right now, we have the transmitter, antenna, transmission line, and grounding straps lined up. We are just working on a sound board, cd player, studio mic, and all the audio cables to interconnect everything together.

Wayne from Franks Radio Service is tuning our antenna to the correct frequency for us. If Wayne has problems tuning the antenna, we will need to get a new one but have a source we can purchase one that would be able to get it made, tuned and to us by 1/15 if needed.

I was asked to go with them because I am running our local station here in Manitowoc, 96.3 FM, WTSW-LP and had more radio experience than any of the others that are going, (as scary as that sounds! J ).

I think that covers pretty much where we are at right now and what we are hoping to accomplish.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,
Max Rathke

These sort of projects bring a lot to community and are worthy of each of our support. Max KC9LOE can be contacted at servant -at-

I know some of Mancorad fellow members have been in contact with Max KC9LOE and have offered either technical or monetary for support of this project. You too can make a difference.



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2 thoughts on “The Voice of Community Radio – Low Power FM Radio Project in Haiti

  1. badakku (Call Sign Pending) says:

    Well, I just passed my exams the other day. I have my CSCE but no callsign yet, waiting to get on the air. Pretty much everything I used to study is located somewhere on this site. Look around if you are interested, I hope it helps. Ham Radio Study Information

    73, Bada

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