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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX003 (2010)

ARLX003 Haiti Amateur Radio Frequency Update/Reciprocal Operating

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 3  ARLX003
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 25, 2010
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX003 Haiti Amateur Radio Frequency Update/Reciprocal Operating

Considering the improving communications situation in Haiti, Dr
Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P, IARU Region 2 EMCOR, announced the release
of HF frequencies, including 7.045 and 3.720 MHz, for normal use.
He states, "We thank the world radio amateur community for their
support in keeping these frequencies clear during the past days."
In addition, CONATEL (the Haitian Telecomm regulator) has set up
temporary offices and released a public notice. Amateurs wishing to
operate in Haiti to assist with disaster relief need to contact
CONATEL to get formal reciprocal operating clearance.

The text of the CONATEL public notice is as follows:

The National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL) hereby notifies
the general public, and those particularly impacted, that following
the widespread damage caused by the violent earthquake of January
12, 2010, a satellite office of CONATEL was installed at Number 97
of the Avenue Panaméricaine in Pétion-Ville with the goal of
assuring the continuity of its work. This arrangement will allow,
among other things, better coordination for establishing a temporary
emergency telecommunications network in Haiti.

Consequently, all concerned are asked to contact CONATEL at the
above mentioned address between 9 AM and 1 PM and throughout the day
at the following telephone numbers: (you must dial the international
calling code 011 and then the Haitian country code 509 first):
3454-0541, 2516-0000 or 3702-1414, or at these e-mail addresses: or before any use of
telecommunications equipment or the spectrum resources.

We hope to avoid interference problems and possible conflicts
between the incumbent operators established in Haiti and those who
are newly operating in this unusual circumstance.

The National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), while thanking
the telecommunications service providers for all their efforts to
keep their networks operational despite the widespread damage that
has been noted, takes this opportunity to offer its sympathies to
the families of the victims of the earthquake. Port-au-Prince,
January 20, 2010, Montaigne Marcelin, Director Général.  


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