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New Online Introductory Emergency Communications Course Now Available

(ARRL) Registration is now open for the new online Introduction to Emergency Communications course (EC-001). Course information, including a description, pre-requisites and instructions on how to register are available on the ARRL website. Slots are still available for the first section which begins Wednesday, July 29; the registration deadline is Sunday, July 17.

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National EAS Test Scheduled For November 9th

Members of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission announced at a recent FCC meeting that the National Emergency Alert System Test will take place November 9th at 2pm EST. Though the date is firm one question that has yet to be answered is has a FIPS/SAME code been issued yet?

NWR SAME provides in a digital format specific, timely information on the nature and location of a threat to the safety of those most immediately at risk from severe weather or other hazards.  Its greatest value is to significantly improve the automatic selection and distribution of messages about events that threaten people and/or property.  The main purpose of SAME is to facilitate entry of critical information into the National Emergency Alert System (EAS).  The SAME six digit identification format allows listeners and EAS participants to filter NWR broadcast of warnings and emergency alerts to receive for subsequent action only messages and information for their selected geographic areas.  SAME is used to activate the EAS and to activate specific SAME capable NWR receivers.  This format allows listeners and EAS participants to reduce the number of perceived “false” warnings and number of unwanted notifications received in unaffected localities within a large/regional alert or warning broadcast area (warnings and alerts that are outside the receiver’s selected area(s) of concern or that do not match the “listener’s selected SAME geographic area(s), message, event and/or information type codes programmed into the receiver).  An additional application of SAME includes automatic system turn “on”.

There is some speculation the unofficial nationwide ‘000000’ code will be used however there is some equipment compatibility concerns. This concern has led many to believe the DC FIPS/SAME code ‘011001’ may also be used. Until an official press release is issued by DHS or NOAA, users should program both of the above codes as well as their local code to prevent missed alerts.

Official List Of NWR FIPS/SAME Codes

Japan Earthquake EmComms II

2182 kHz – Coast Guard Distress & Calling

2670 kHz – Coast Guard tsunami warnings

5670 kHz – AIRINC – San Francisco MWARA – AOC

5680 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces – Search and Rescue

5690 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces

5693 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces

5826 kHz – ‘Papa 3’

5696 kHz – USAF Rescue 212 wkg USCG CAMSPAC

5708 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces

5711 kHz – USAF Rescue 212 wkg Moffett Rescue, West Coast tsunami

6640 kHz – AIRINC – San Francisco LDOC –  Phone Patches

6655 kHz – AIRINC – San Francisco MWARA – AOC

6727 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces

6742 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces

6751 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces

6773 kHz – Japan Self-Defense Forces

Japan Earthquake EmComms I

JO3PSJ in Amagasaki along with the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) is asking hams around the world to please refrain from using the following frequencies (+/- 5 kHz) to prevent further interference to emergency nets supporting Japan’s quake relief efforts. There have been reports of RTTY stations transmitting on 7030 kHz-possibly preventing some distress calls from getting through to net control.

3525 kHz

7030 kHz JARL Primary Emergency Net

7043 kHz JARL in Osaka

7075 kHz JARL in Wakayama

14100 kHz

21200 kHz

28200 kHz


50.100 MHz

51.000 MHz

51.500 MHz

144.100 MHz

145.000 MHz

145.500 MHz

430.100 MHz

433.000 MHz

433.500 MHz

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