The earthquake has killed 179 people and injured 6986.  Hundreds of amateur radio operators went to Ya'an helping disaster relief.

The disaster happened as the Global Simulated Emergency Test was underway headed in China by Station BY3CQ and others - BG8EIU, BG8FCK, BG8DE, BG8FPB, BY8DX, BH8AHU, BA8IK and BG8EBB - who are now either helping on HF, VHF or in the disaster area.

Fan Bin BA1RB contacted this morning Liu Hu BD8AAA who is in the epicenter at Lushan county.

The following updates are available:


World Amateur Radio Day 2013

Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs around the world celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.  On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union was founded.

In 1913 there occurred the first recorded instance of amateur radio being used to provide communications in a natural disaster, during severe flooding in the Midwest of the United States.

Accordingly, the theme of the event for 2013 is “Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications.”

Activities on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a great opportunity to spread the word about what the “hams” are doing in the field of disaster communications in the 21st Century.

The 15th IARU Region 3 Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

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Date: 10 November 2012


The 15th IARU Region 3 Conference,

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam


The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 3, 15th Triennial Conference was held on 5 - 9 November 2012, hosted by the Vietnam Amateur Radio Club (VARC) in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Viet Nam.

The Conference opened on Monday 5th November, under the shadow of the passing away of the former Chairman Michael Owen VK3KI on 22nd September 2012.


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Tasmanian Bush Fires operations

WICEN in Tasmania was finally stood down after 20 continuous days of operation at the Incident Management Centre at Cambridge, near Hobart airport. Operations have now been wound back.

WICEN was posted by the Tasmania Fire Services to mainly control the busy 80MHz radio traffic during massive fires.

Although those the major fires, which started on the 3rd of January on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley, are still active, one being classified as contained and the other controlled.

The days serviced by WICEN and other southern Tasmanian radio amateurs varied between 12 and 24 hours.


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Join and renew your membership

MARTS membership is divided into these categories:

  1. Transmitting Members
    Members who have 9W2, 9W6, 9W8, 9M2, 9M6 and 9M8 prefix to their call sign
  2. Associate Members
    Overseas and visiting members
  3. Spouse and Family Members
    Spouse and unmarried children of transmitting member
  4. Short Wave Listener (SWL)
    Members who are not licensed to transmit in Malaysia
  5. Club & Society Membership
    Amateur radio clubs and societies are encouraged to join MARTS; fees for this category of membership is the same as that of a transmitting member

    Read more: Join and renew your membership

55th Jamboree On The Air

Every year on the 3rd weekend of October, scouts & guides worldwide attend a camp to communicate with each other all around the world via HF Radio.  

This event, known as JOTA, or the Jamboree On The Air, is an annual event aimed at introducing scouts and guides to the world of HF Radio communication. 

From learning procedures to actually operating the stations, they are given great hands-on experience in communicating with their peers worldwide. The contacts between them are established by Amateur Radio stations . 

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Amateur Radio Worldwide Contests 2013