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One ham in Haiti makes contact with outside world

Date : 14 / 01 / 2010
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

Reverend John Henault HH6JH amid the earthquake devastated Haiti has been on the 20m band IARU Centre of Activity frequency for emergency communications 14.300 MHz. While not in the worst hit area around the capital of Port-Au-Prince he reported that he and those with him are safe.

Operating via battery power Rev John Henault HH6JH was hopeful of getting a generator operating. In contact with William Sturridge KI4MMZ in Florida he was able to pass a message to his relatives and his religious mission that he was okay. A listening watch is being maintained for two emergency stations in Port-Au-Prince that have not been activated. It is also known, that in addition to 14.300, the Salvation Army Team Emergency Net is 14.265 is in use. An IARU request remains current to keep 7.045 and 3.720 clear.

Authorities predict that the worst earthquake in 200 years to hit Haiti could result in a death roll of 100,000. Haiti was only just beginning to show signs of recovery from a series of hurricanes in 2008 that killed hundreds and left up to a million homeless.

Rev John Henault OMI, is from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and works in Haiti helping to provide care for homeless and orphaned children.

- IARU R3 Chairman of the Disaster Communications Committee, Jim Linton VK3PC.

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