As Oklahoma emerges from the rubble, communications are non-existent in many areas. Ham operators are helping coordinate emergency response efforts and are filling the gap. This is a great case for Ham Radio. Tune in and listen to Ham operators doing what they do best. Links to frequency plans below.
Looks like S.A.T.E.R.N is using:
Olivia 8/500 at 14.065 Mhz/1000.
NCS is AD5XJ out of Houma, LA.
Dozens dead as mile-wide tornado hits Oklahoma City: as it happened
* 51 confirmed dead after tornado hit suburb of Oklahoma City
* 24 students missing from Plaza Tower primary school
* At least 120 people are injured
* Mother and baby died sheltering in freezer
* Hundreds of homes flattened
May 21, 2013 – OKLAHOMA – A devastating, two-mile-wide tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday, killing at least 51 people—including at least 20 children—decimating homes, businesses and a pair of elementary schools in the suburb of Moore.
The National Weather Service said the tornado’s preliminary classification was an F4, with winds up to 200 mph. On May 3, 1999, a tornado outbreak near Oklahoma City produced 14 tornadoes—including an F5 in Moore—killing 36 people and injuring 295 others.
“the worst tornado damage-wise in the history of the world.”
Communication was snarled as landlines and cell phone towers were knocked down.
A water treatment plant in Oklahoma City was also damaged. President Barack Obama directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prepare to get “all available assistance” to the disaster-hit area.
Salvation Army Emergency Response Activates HAM OPERATORS
May 20, 2013 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Salvation Army has been responding to many areas today; however, even as tornadoes are hitting the Central Oklahoma Area, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Steven Hartsook, is lining up disaster response units to serve hard-hit Moore and South Oklahoma City. OKLAHOMAThe SATERN So. Terr. Digi Net will monitor our 20 meter frequency May 21, 2013 due to the lack of communication in some parts of the affected area. We will be in monitor mode from about 08:30 till 14:00 or as needed. Interested listeners are welcome to help monitor. We will take check ins for the net.
Check the http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/ web site for updates on this and other responses by the EDS division of the Salvation Army.de AD5XJ Ken SATERN So. Terr. Net Mgr.
SATERN Nets times/freqs info here: http://188.8.131.52/Saternorg/net.html
Note from JJS: Have your digital software fired up. Some of these nets use psk31 and other modes.
Listen and learn!