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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB054 (1999)

ARLB054 Salvation Army amateur net handling earthquake traffic

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ARRL Bulletin 54  ARLB054
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 20, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB054 Salvation Army amateur net handling earthquake traffic

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network--SATERN--is running
a health-and-welfare traffic operation as a result of requests from
individuals in the US seeking information on friends and relatives
in earthquake-stricken Turkey. The Salvation Army World Services
Office has been receiving requests since the quake hit early
yesterday. The earthquake, described as one of the most powerful
this century, left upwards of 10,000 people dead, injured many
thousands more, and has disrupted normal telecommunication systems.
The quake measured 7.4 on the Richter scale.

SATERN reports it will pass traffic on its normal 20-meter net on
14.265 MHz at 1400 UTC. The Salvation Army says that Quent Nelson,
WA4BZY, is heading the H&W operation from Covington, Georgia.
Amateurs in the US are permitted to handle third-party traffic to
and from Turkey.

Those seeking to initiate health-and-welfare requests may visit or call
773-205-3573 for additional information and assistance. Requests
also may be sent via e-mail to

In Florida, the Martin County Amateur Radio Association has posted
additional Web sites and frequencies in use for earthquake-related
Amateur Radio traffic at ANTRAK, the Ankara
Radio Amateurs Club, TA2KA, says earthquake traffic also is being
handled in Turkey on 14.270, 7.092, and 3.777 MHz.