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2009 News Releases




Earthquake Strikes Costa Rica - Emergency Ham Frequency Declared

Date : 10 / 01 / 2009
Author : Robert Broomhead - VK3KRB

On Thursday, January 8 at 1921z, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the Central American country of Costa Rica. The earthquake, with an epicenter located about 22 miles northeast of San Jose, comes after a series of almost 60 seismic events that have rocked the country since early this week.

Due to strong seismic activity in Costa Rica, the Radio Club de Costa Rica that country's IARU Member-Society is monitoring local repeaters and 7090 kHz.

IARU Region 2 Emergency Communications Coordinator Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P, requests that 7090 kHz be kept clear of non-essential traffic due to possible emergency communications dealing with the earthquake.

The ARRL encourages all amateurs to be aware of the emergency operations on this frequency. All amateurs should avoid interfering with Spanish language SSB while using digital modes.


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