Amateur Radio Emergency Communication In Action. -- Amateur Radio in 12 May SiChuan Earthquake Chinese Radio Sports Association June, 2008. 14:28 BJT, 12 May 2008, A magnitude-8.0 earthquake hit China’s Sichuan area. Wenchuan City, Center of quake. 31d28.7’N 103d34.8’E.
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-- Amateur Radio in 12 May SiChuan Earthquake
Chinese Radio Sports Association
Wenchuan City, Center of quake
Chengdu City, Capital of Suchuan Province
103 km from quake center
The central government responded quickly. The prime minister took off from Beijing within 2 hours after the quake heading for Chengdu. Army rescue forces had to rush into the epicenter area by foot due to road cut off.
All other communication means failed in the center area and one amateur repeater was setup at 13 May morning, to pass command for government instruction.
Chengdu is about 100km from the epicenter and was affected. Its main repeater survived and more were put up soon to provide 100-200Km communication on flat area.
Right on May12, the day that quake happened, CRSA called for emergency communication aids and organized the national emergency networks on 7050KHz, 7060KHz and 14270KHz.
Many amateur radio operators kept hourly monitoring to check what can help in the disaster relief.
The emergency net frequencies were released on 27 May 2008.
Emergency communication service after the quake became the hottest topic among BY hams, resulting more than 5000 posts in a popular Chinese amateur radio forum on this issue.
Amateur radio was used to organize the car owners in transportation of supplies and wounded immediately after the quake
How the highway to Beichuan looked like
On the white banner: Amateur Radio Relief Team from Mianyang
The most needed materials are tent and medicines. Amateur radio operators across the country contributed donations through various channels.
Make awareness of amateur radio and train more people gaining amateur radio communication skills.
Action 3: Establish disaster communication standard procedure and organization – combine the domestic and international experiences and documents
Thanks for all international societies and individuals for the kindness support of emergency frequencies, encourages, and helps to Sichuan earthquake disaster relief.