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ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT April 19, 2016
To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB014
ARLB014 Radio Amateurs Asked to Keep 7.060 MHz Clear for Ecuador
Earthquake Emergency Traffic
In the wake of the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, the Amateur Radio
community is being asked to keep 7.060 MHz clear for 'Cadena HC'
emergency traffic. DXpeditions operating RTTY on 40 meters are
requested to keep pileups below 7.060 MHz. The 7.8 magnitude
earthquake has resulted in dozens of deaths and many more injuries.
Most earthquake damage has occurred in the Guayaquil (HC2) and
Portoviejo/Manta (HC4) areas of Ecuador. Well-known DXer Lilian de
Ayala, HC4L, in Portoviejo - the capital of Manabi province - is
safe, but some structures in Portoviejo and Manta suffered severe
damage, with many victims reported to have been buried in the rubble
of collapsed buildings and homes. Electrical power and commercial
telecommunication systems have been either destroyed or knocked out
in the affected area, and hams in the HC4 district have been
operating by using mobile stations or battery power. Many roads have
been rendered impassable because of earthquake rubble.
The Cadena HC emergency frequency is now active and running 24 hours
per day on 7.060 LSB. Hams in Ecuador have been reported very busy
coordinating search-and-rescue activities.
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