Emcomm exercise in Sarawak 9M8

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have asked
for an amateur radio emergency communications exercise on September 27 centred
on Sarawak in East Malaysia.

The IARU member society, the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society
(MARTS) and the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), will jointly run the exercise.

It will use the centre of activity emergency frequency 7.110 MHz, near vertical
incidence skywave propagation and emphasise the PSK31 digital mode.

The scenario is the failure on the Sarawak electricity grid triggered by
an abnormal solar flare which also knocks out all telephones. The exercise
is to test the effectiveness of MARTS and ARCS in setting up local and east
to west Malaysia communications.

To give authorities a better understanding of the message handling capabilities
with accuracy and urgency being important, the IARU message format will be
used, as it would should a real life event occur.

MCMC Chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi from Kuala Lumpur has been invited to
witness and take part in this exercise. MARTS asks that the frequency of
7.110 MHz be kept clear for the exercise on Saturday, September 27.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.


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