A dor, o sofrimento e a morte, abateram-se sobre o povo do Haiti. As comunicações são escassas e a maior parte dos correspondentes, jornalistas, pessoal médico,
não se lembram que, sem energia eléctrica, os telemóveis ( meio mais usado no momento), vão começar a falhar, por falta de rede, por descarga das baterias, etc. No Haiti, existem poucos radioamadores, mas, se alguns sobreviveram, conseguirão colocar-se "no ar", nas próximas horas, assim como alguns radioamadores que estejam de visita ao País. Os sistemas de comunicações de emergência dos radiomadores da Região II, já foram activados. Transcrevo o texto de um e-mail recebido a propósito:
" ----- Original Message ----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the CQ / WorldRadio Online Newsroom:
All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic related to today's major earthquake inHaiti.
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C EmergencyCoordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reports that as of 0245 UTC on January13, nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that theabove frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hamsmanage to get on the air, and in case of other related events insurrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.
The following is from an e-mail from CO2KK:
A few minutes after the earthquake was felt in eastern Cuba's cities,the Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs Emergency Net was activated,with net control stations CO8WM and CO8RP located in the city ofSantiago de Cuba, and in permanent contact with the NationalSeismology Center of Cuba located in that city.
Stations in the city of Baracoa, in Guantanamo province, were alsoactivated immediately as the earth movements were felt even strongerthere, due to its proximity to Haiti. CO8AZ and CO8AW went on the airimmediately , with CM8WAL following. At the early phase of theemergency, the population of the city of Baracoa was evacuated faraway from the coast, as there was a primary alert of a possibletsunami event or of a heavy wave trains sequence impacting the coastline at the city's sea wall ...
Baracoa could not contact Santiago de Cuba stations on 40 meters dueto long skip after 5 PM local time, so several stations in westernCuba and one in the US State of Florida provided relays. CO2KK, asIARU Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator, helped to organize thenets , on 7045 kHz and also on 3720 kHz, while local nets in Santiagode Cuba and Baracoa operated on 2 meters.
As late as 9,45 PM local time 0245 UTC we have not been able tocontact any amateur or emergency services stations in Haiti.
Amateurs from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela weremonitoring the 40 meter band frequency, that I notified to the IARURegion II executive Ramon Santoyo XE1KK as in use for the emergency,requesting that 7045 kHz be kept as clear as possible ...
We are still keeping watch on 7045 kHz hoping that someone in Haitimay have access to a transceiver and at least a car battery to run it.
All information that has so far come from the Cuban seismologiststell us of a very intense earthquake, and also of the possibility ofother events following.
Following the advice of the geophysicists, we are keeping the 7045and 3720 kiloHertz frequencies active until further notice
------------------The editors of CQ and WorldRadio will keep these lists updated withadditional information as circumstances warrant."
Relembro mais uma vez: 7045 kHz e 3720 kHz, são frequências que devemos manter livres para tráfego de emergência. Sempre que possível, deveremos monitorizar estas QRGs.