Amateurs in China are asking that 14.270 MHz be kept clear as an emergency
frequency in the wake of yesterday's devastating earthquake there. Please
remember that even if you cannot hear a station on the frequency, you might
interfere with reception of transmissions by a station within range of both your
signals and theirs.
Michael Chen, BD5RV, reports in a post on qrz.com that "a group of radio
amateurs is now transmitting from Wenchuan, the center of quake. Its signal is
reported to be very weak. They tried to keep communication with BY8AA in Chengdu,
seeking for all resources needed. During a contact finished a few minutes ago,
they were asking for raincoats, water, tents, and outdoor living facilities."
Michael also asked that this request be forwarded as widely as possible.
In nearby Myanmar (Burma), where tens of thousands of people were killed by a
typhoon last week, CQ Public Service Editor Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, passes on a
report from G4HPE of the International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC)
that there currently is no amateur radio activity there; and that while the UN
has been permitted to set up both HF and VHF communications based in the capital
city of Yangon (Rangoon) "for use by the entire humanitarian community," none of
the frequencies in use are in the amateur bands.