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Questions tagged [emergency]

Questions about amateur radio emergency communication, either in support of emergency services or for use to report an emergency.

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Non-life-threatening emergency in the US?

The minivan in front of us blew a tire and pulled over, a long way away from mobile signal. We couldn't find a spare tire. I have a Technician license; if I'd had my Baofeng BF-F9 V2 with me, is there ...
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What is the process of sending an NTS message in to a disaster area?

I have a friend of mine that is from Puerto Rico, and hasn't heard from her family in some time. I am aware of the NTS, and have considered sending a message into the area to see if any word of her ...
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How to transmit images and video through a hurricane?

Background You're in the path of a hurricane, and the eye just passed over your head. There is no electricity (apart from your own generator or battery), there is no mobile network and there is ...
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Easy way for an uncertified hiker to broadcast a distress signal

I am wondering whether shortwave can be used as an effective distress call for a hiker who is a non-ham operator. More specifically, Are non-certified operators permitted to broadcast distress calls ...
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Personal communication device during blackout

Me and my family are expats currently living in Japan where earthquakes are very frequent. It is expected that a big quake is due and it may happen anytime. Recent big occurence was in 2011 and it was ...
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How would you get an “I'm alive” message to family in another state using amateur radio?

I'm researching options for getting an "I'm alive" message during a disaster response out to family in another state that aren't HAMs. There are likely to be a lot of possible answers that are art ...
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Military Amateur Radio Service (MARS)

The Navy MARS program was officially decommissioned effective 30 September 2015. What is the state of the other MARS programs (Army and Air Force)? Is it known that they too will be decommissioned in ...
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Australian Police Radio Frequency [closed]

Does any one know or have a frequency chart with Australian Emergency services?
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EMT radio communications

I just joined the community, and I got a communication question. Based on searches most relevant questions were posted in this community, so I hope I can get a proper answer! EMT, first responders, ...
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Repeater autopatch (“phone patch”): which countries use this?

The section Operating Your Ham Radio in an Emergency from Ham Radio For Dummies recommends using an "emergency autopatch" to reach the emergency services when reporting an emergency from an amateur ...
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How can I operate in the rain safely?

For Field Day this year, most stations on the East Coast received a large amount of rain. I've heard our reports at around 2 inches of rain. Being Field Day, we were operating outdoors inside tents, ...
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What FCC rule allows Skywarn and other spotters to restrict repeater use?

When amateur radio operators associated with the national weather service "close the net" on a repeater and request only severe weather reports on that frequency, what FCC ruling is in effect, given ...
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How much EMF does a typical scanner put out?

I am not terribly interested in hearing about whether or not EMF/RF is hazardous to ones health (as this is frequently discussed in my house). What I would like to know is; how much EMF/RF does an ...
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How do I find out what bands are open?

Say the deck is stacked. I'm out in the country with an all-band QRP home-brew rig, and an active antenna. Or say ship-wrecked and marooned on that desert island. The battery only has enough juice ...
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Options for family short range communication in an emergency

I work in an office building about 3 miles from my apartment. I live in a medium sized city in the US. I have thought about getting a pair of walkie talkies for communicating when the cell phone ...
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What advantages does SLA have over a Lithium chemistry battery for a Go Box?

Whether you refer to them as go-boxes, go-kits, or rapid deployment kits, powering a transportable ham shack is of utmost importance. While both battery chemistry types have much to recommend them in ...
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How would one automate HF communications to a specific location?

There appears to be some significant interest in establishing a fool-proof* HF communications method for location to location communication regardless of current propagation conditions. Given that ...
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What makes a good emergency-capable QRP rig for travel?

It's wintertime, which drives the concept of emergency preparedness here above the 45th Parallel. Am emergency-capable QRP rig is an excellent item to stuff into one's Go Bag or vacation gear, always ...
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What sources of power are useful in emergency situations?

Situations that call for emergency operating usually have some hams working in field conditions. Relying on the mains grid could be problematic. A lead-acid battery would probably be heavy to lug ...
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If I hear a distress call, what is the correct procedure for helping the person?

If during normal operation, I receive a mayday or pan-pan call, how should I handle this? Am I required to provide help in this situation, and what can I do to make sure I give all the assistance ...
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What is the role of digital data modes in emergency communications?

Emergency operations are typically reliant on voice traffic today. Are digital data modes used at all in emergency operations, and why/ why not? Couldn't data modes be used to pass information more ...
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Amateur radio in an EOC?

Consider a small town's emergency operations center. While there are amateur radio operators involved, they primarily work for government or public safety, and there is no active ARES participation. ...
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Is the Wilderness Protocol dead? [duplicate]

I have read the description of the Wilderness Protocol. I have attempted to use it (only after the 4 min emergency window) on multiple occasions at multiple wilderness locations and never received a ...
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How do emergency nets work?

In movies that depict amateur radio in emergencies, the hams' worldwide communication network invariably is able to pass messages between individuals. As an amateur that has been primarily interested ...
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How is ARES different from RACES?

Just what the title states. Here, in India, in the context of public service we hear of RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service). I recently learnt about something called ARES in a similar ...
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Is a Technician license enough to assist in times of emergency?

Is a Technician license enough to assist in times of disaster/emergency or do I need General or higher?
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What organizations in the USA can I join to participate in emergency preparedness?

I want to get involved in emergency preparedness. What organizations, if any, are there in the United States that support disaster recovery and emergency management?
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How do I report an emergency using ham radio?

If I'm in the wilderness with ham equipment but no phone signal, how would I report an emergency? Is there a particular frequency I would use, a particular protocol or suchlike?