I found these postings on the ARRL Site and thought I would share them with you as there was a tremendous surge in hits when everyone was looking for information just after the Haiti Earthquake.
Thanks again to the ARRL for the articles…
This posting comes to us from the ARRL Website
Posted Jan 23 at 1655UTC by VA3QV
Haitian Official Announces Contact Information for Amateurs going to Haiti to Provide Disaster Relief (Jan 23, 2010) –
CONATEL (the Haitian Telecomm regulator) has set up temporary offices and released a public notice. Amateurs wishing to operate in Haiti to assist with disaster relief need to contact CONATEL to get formal reciprocal operating clearance. The text of the CONATEL public notice is as follows: CONATEL NOTICE The National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL) hereby notifies the general public, and those particularly impacted, that following the widespread damage caused by the violent earthquake of January 12, 2010, a satellite office of CONATEL was installed at Number 97 of the Avenue Panaméricaine in Pétion-Ville with the goal of assuring the continuity of its work. This arrangement will allow, among other things, better coordination for establishing a temporary emergency telecommunications network in Haiti. Consequently, all concerned are asked to contact CONATEL at the above mentioned address between 9 AM and 1 PM and throughout the day at the following telephone numbers: (509) 3454-0541, (509) 2516-0000 or (509) 3702-1414, or at these e-mail addresses : email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, before any use of telecommunications equipment or the spectrum resources. We hope to avoid interference problems and possible conflicts between the incumbent operators established in Haiti and those who are newly operating in this unusual circumstance. The National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), while thanking the telecommunications service providers for all their efforts to keep their networks operational despite the widespread damage that has been noted, takes this opportunity to offer its sympathies to the families of the victims of the earthquake. Port-au-Prince, January 20, 2010 Montaigne Marcelin
Once again thanks to the ARRL for the Update
The following comes from the ARRL website…
ARRL sends Ham Aid Equipment to Haiti
Now heres something I did not know about but it does make sense… It seems the ARRL has a program called “Ham Aid” which seems to send out Amateur Equipment out to disasters that are in need of communications assistance. The logic as I see it in this is that repeaters that would of been on buildings are now in rubble. Buildings that were housing EMCOMM equipment in case they were needed are now piles of rubble. Anything stored in those buildings are now landfill…
Please click on the above logo to go to the ARRL website for the article on Ham Aid.
Now there is a good chance you have seen this email already as its making the rounds but just in case…
I got this off the Prescott Russell ARES yahoo Group site but by the end of the day I have no doubts it will be everywhere that thinks about emergency communications.’
“I just came across this post on the Buddipole yahoo group. He’s an MD who happens to be a radioamateur:
Back from Haiti.
Posted by: “gnomes111222333″
Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:23 pm (PST)
Promise for Haiti is the group I have been associated with for the past 7 years. We have a Fargo surgical team consisting of: OB/GYN, Plastics, and myself, a general surgeon. We were in Pignon, Haiti for our annual mission trip to the hospital that we support
Last Tuesday, I was in recovery with one of my patients and we felt the earthquake. I have never been in such a situation and neither had any of our team nor the Haitian staff. It took a few minutes to realize what had happened and to mobilize to evacuate patients from the ORs and the hospital to the open courtyard.
Phone service and communications were cut off. One person in town had an Iridium satellite phone and learned of the gravity of the situation. I have not been able to obtain a reciprocal license through the approved administrative channels. Even including “green stamps” hasn’t helped. In previous years I had seen a Kenwood 500 series radio on the premises. Neither the hospital staff nor I could locate the radio. Imagine the level of frustration!
Some of the Haitian staff had family in Port au Prince and left to collect them. Upon their arrival on Wednesday, we learned of the magnitude of the disaster. We were able to continue our caseload Wednesday, but the first trauma patients began to arrive that evening.
Wednesday night we had a team meeting and organized into a mass casualty response team remaining at the Pignon hospital. Travel is very difficult during the day and nearly impossible at night so we received no further patients that night. Thursday patients and refugees began to show up. We were able to deal with that influx.
Thursday night the hospital staff asked us to leave. We volunteered to stay, but they were concerned for our safety. We began to egress north through the mountains 4am Friday morning and arrived back in Fargo Sunday afternoon, very tired but safe.
Here is my concern. Security cannot be assured. If a volunteer ham operator, surgeon, or other medical staff member is kidnapped, hurt, or killed by the roving bands of troublemakers we saw there, the volunteerism and support will quickly stop. Having been in hostile situations myself in the military, I see security as the primary issue now. I understand that the prison in Port broke open and the prisoners who survived are now out and free to cause problems.
Thank you for your efforts to help care for the people in Haiti who are in such terrible need. Please insist on security for the volunteers. I am deeply concerned that one bad incident caused by lack of security will be seized on by the media and lead to rapid withdrawal of volunteers and support for people who need it so badly.
Our group is working on plans for a return once security is established and rotation schedules worked out. I have my Buddipole, Buddipole Li batteries and charger, IC-706, and have ordered the MFJ emcomm pack for the 706, and a Pelican case for it all. The hospital has 120V where I can plug in during the day when the generator is running.
Mark O. Jensen
former: 119th Fighter Wing, NDANG, Flt Surg “
Just to give you an idea of whats going on over there and why we are still over here…
RAC News Bulletin – January 17th, 2010
Haiti, the Amateur perspective.
We have all seen the tragic human toll and devastation of the
Haitian hearthquake as reported by the media. We have been asked what the Amateur community is doing about it.
To our knowledge, since the hearthquake, less than half a dozen
Hams have been reporting from Haiti and have done so very
sporadically. Most have severe constraints for electricity, fuel
or other required facilities.
Apart from a couple of Hams embedded with the UN or the Red
Cross, none other have succeeded to enter the country and stay
Yesterday, a convoy of Dominicans made up of representatives from that government and including 8 Amateurs, entered Haiti by road on its way to their Embassy in Port-au-Prince. Almost at
destination they were attacked by gunfire resulting in one dead
and several wounded. All 8 Amateurs are safe. The convoy turned
around and is now safely back in the Dominican Republic.
Outside of Haiti,there are scores of Hams listening on the
published HF frequencies for emrgency communications and ready for any QSPs.
Here in Canada, our Vice President Field Services, Doug
Mercer, VO1DTM, is watching the situation very closely, ready to
give any help that might be needed.
We also have French speaking operators like Gerry, VE2AW and
Richard, VE2DX, that are ready on the frequencies to speak to
anyone in need in Haiti.
We are also getting ready for the future. At the Request of
the Salvation Army SATERN I have recruited about 20 Hams, fluent in French, that are now poised to leave for Haiti when required.
This is the situation as of now and we will update you when we
have something significant to report.
Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA
Vice President International Affairs, Radio Amatuers of Canada
Once again this update come to us via the ARES Alert yahoo Group courtesy RAC VPFS Doug Mercer
Posted on Jan 17 2010 at 1456UTC by VA3QV
Many thanks to all of you who have been standing by on the International Nets ready to assist if called upon. There are two VHF repeaters now set up in Port-au-Prince to serve the Red Cross and other civil agencies. The situation there is very dangerous as folks attempt to survive this disaster.
Yesterday, a team of 8 Hams from the Dominican Republic entered Haiti embedded in a Red Cross convoy. They arrived at the Dominican Embassy with the intention of setting up an HF station, but were forced to return to the Dominican boarder unescorted for safety reasons.
Please continue to monitor and lend assistance when able. HH2JR, Jean, a Ham who is mobile in Haiti was heard on 14.300 MHz at 10:53 Newfoundland time today reporting no change overnight but he is anxiously awaiting arrival of SAR at his location.
Doug Mercer VO1DTM CEC
Vice President Field Services
The IARU Twitter feed confirms parts of the above:
My Comments are as follows
It does not fill me with confidence when the Radio Operators who are going to try and assist the General Public have to pull out due to security concerns as they feel their safety is threatened by the General Public.
This update comes from the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Bulletin Service and was in my inbox when I woke up this morning
Posted on Saturday Jan 16th at 1400UTC by VA3QV
Important information for all RAC Members
On Tuesday, January 12 at 4:53 PM, Haiti time (2153) UTC a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 15 kilometers west of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted.
The RAC requests that all Canadian Hams be aware of the emergency operations on the following frequencies: 7.045 3.720 MHz (IARU Region 2 Nets), 14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 MHz (SATERN Nets), and 14.300 MHz (Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net).
The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) is also active on EchoLink node 278173.
Doug Mercer VO1DTM
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada
P.O. Box 1042 Goulds
Tel: (709) 364-4741
Cell: (709) 697-3319
* * * *
Vernon Erle Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor
The following message come in from the ARES Alert system:
Posted Jan 16 2010 at 0155UTC by VA3QV
Add sender to Contacts
I received urgent messages from Greg Mossop IARU EMCOR region 1 and Cesar Pinto Santos IARU EMCOR region 2 earlier tonight stating that a Ham in Haiti was trying to communicate with the SATERN net in french and that were unable to understand.
If you are bilingual and are able to assist, please monitor the following frequencies and listen for Haitian traffic.
7.045 and 3.720 IARU nets
14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 SATERN nets
14.300 Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic nets
EchoLink node 278173 International Radio Emergency Support Coalition
Doug Mercer VO1DTM
During the next few days as Haiti begins to recover, there may be traffic flowing into the ARRL NTS System destined for Canadians. This traffic will be moved north towards the regions closest to destination by American NTS stations in hopes of it being picked up by a Canadian operator. The more times you are able to check into nets in your area, the better the chances are that traffic being held for delivery will get through.
Doug Mercer VO1DTM
The following come to us from Bob Cooke VE3BDB and the ARES Alert Yahoo Group
Posted Jan 14 2010 at 2035 UTC by VA3QV
Cc: “Ken Oelke VE6AFO (NEC)” <email@example.com>
Following is forwarded for interest. The translation included immediately below is from the internet and should not be considered a valid, word for word translation. However, it does give the general idea of Daniel’s message. Many thanks to James for bringing this to our attention.
Montreal January 14 2010 – 9h00
Re: Earthquake in Haiti After the arisen earthquake in Haiti, the national center of urgency of a recognized NGO contacted me in order to explore the possibility to recruit and to send radioamateurs in Haiti to help the communications of urgency of this NGO. There is very few active radioamateurs in Haiti and the ask communications will increase of several orders of magnitudes in the days to come. This is the reason why this NGO desires to see if there would be a possibility to bring radioamateurs of here in order to provide with their own needs of telecommunications. The in demands candidates should bring their radios and equipments, to be able to operate on HF, be French-speaking and speak English as well as to possess a valid passport. If you interested, contact me, preferably by Skype to: Ve2ka-haiti (without or capital space) or by e-mail indicating your no of telephone and I will contact you. It would be appreciated if you could let this message circulate more possible to the radioamateurs of the Quebec. Thank you & 73, Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA President Club Radioamateur of the Shore South of Montreal
—– Original Message —–
From: James Keep PMP
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:50 PM Subject: [RAC_ARES_SEC_ DEC_EC] FW: Looking for ham radio operators for Haiti
Greetings! Please see urgent message following:
de James, VE2KHC
VE2RXW 146.700 (-)
Message received from VE2TZT. Thanks Gilles
As you probably know, even under normal conditions, there are only a few ham radio operators in Haiti and there will be a huge amount of traffic to handle in days ahead. So there is an urgent need for operators.
Basically, VE2KA is looking for ham radio operators fluent in french and english to operate HF stations in Haiti .
You must have a valid passport and be prepared to bring your own HF equipment.
Those interested should contact VE2KA preferably via Skype but I suppose an e-mail should do as well.
Montréal le 14 janvier 2010 – 9h00
Re : Tremblement de terre en Haïti
Suite au tremblement de terre survenu en Haïti, le centre national d’urgence d’une ONG reconnue m’a contacté afin d’explorer la possibilité de recruter et d’envoyer des radioamateurs en Haïti pour aider aux communications d’urgence de cette ONG.
Il y a très peu de radioamateurs actifs en Haïti et les demandes de communications augmenterons de plusieurs ordres de magnitudes dans les jours à venir. C’est pourquoi cette ONG désire voir si il y aurait une possibilité d’amener des radioamateurs d’ici afin de pourvoir à leurs propres besoins de télécom.
Les candidats recherchés devraient apporter leurs radios et équipements, pouvoir opérer sur HF, être francophone et parler anglais ainsi que posséder un passeport valide.
Si vous êtes intéressés, contactez moi, préférablement par Skype à : ve2ka-haiti (sans espace ni majuscule) ou par courriel indiquant votre no de téléphone et je vous contacterai.
Il serait apprécié si vous pouviez faire circuler ce message le plus possible aux radioamateurs du Québec.
Merci & 73,
Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA
Club Radioamateur de la Rive-Sud de Montréal
Skype : ve2ka-haiti
Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org