PARA Ham Emergency Radio Operation in a drill
A nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill in the Philippines held on June 22 saw many agencies involved including ham operators. The Philippines Amateur Radio Society (PARA) now has reports from Ham Emergency Radio Operation groups that showed they used their capabilities and skills to provide emergency communications.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
PARA spokesman Jojo Vicencio DU1VHY reports this is the second drill of its type and lessons learned last time were put into action. Each club set up field stations with VHF, UHF and or HF capabilities. The field stations were on high ground to advantage as would be the case in a real emergency.
Following the HERO protocols the stations used a grid-square or quadrant locator, checked designated frequencies every 30 minutes and issued various reports. All reports of the drill were collated by PARA and sent to the National Telecommunications Commission that ran the drill.
-Jim Linton VK3PC, IARU Region 3 Chairman, Disaster Communications Committee.
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