100th Anniversary of Amateur Radio in Disaster Service

“SOS tomorrow……… Men are hanging on trees……. Send supplies…… Water is receding……Try and get us water and gas…… People are suffering…….. Send this to Mayor Karb at once…… SOS.”

It was with these words sent by a 15 year old teenager exactly 100 years ago today that Amateur Radio entered into Disaster Service.

Herbert V.  Akerberg was a student at West High School in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio when he anxiously tapped out that Morse code message on the afternoon of March 26, 1913.

A slow moving storm had dumped 11 inches of rain over much of Ohio’s already saturated soil.  In Zanesville the Muskingum River was cresting at 27 feet and 20 feet of water stood in her intersections.  Five of the town’s seven bridges were washed away.  Only the tips of the lampposts of the famous “Y” bridge could be seen.

In Defiance, Ohio the Maumee River rushed in 10 feet above flood stage and covered 268 homes.  Row boats plucked people from trees and rooftops everywhere.  In Tiffin help came too late for several.  Nineteen people waiting on their roofs for help, perished when their homes collapsed and they were swept away by the Sandusky River

On the west side of Columbus, where young Herb Akerberg was manning his station, the Scioto River crashed through the downtown dumping  flood waters 17 feet deep into his neighborhood. Thirteen people were rescued.

“For about three days and nights, practically continuously for seventy-two hours, young Akerberg remained on duty at his radio set, in communication with the radio station on top of the Huntington Bank Building, sending messages to the mayor and keeping the public advised as to the conditions on the devastated West Side. Many messages were sent to the friends and relatives of those in the devastated district.” C. B. Galbreath-Author “The History of Ohio”

The greatest destruction was in the areas around Dayton, where the rushing waters of the Great Miami River washed away homes and bridges claiming hundreds of lives.  In Dayton 360 souls were lost, 3,400 domesticated animals and horses perished, 65,000 people were displaced and 20,000 homes were destroyed.  Damage, in today’s dollars, exceeded $2 Billion.

The flow of the Great Miami River through Dayton during that Easter week storm in 1913 was equivalent to the same amount of water that spills over Niagara Falls in a month!  In nearby Hamilton four-fifths of the town was covered and 400 people lost their lives.

 “People talked about how fast the waters rose, sometimes one or two feet per hour, and there wasn’t any way of sending warnings downstream because of the downed wires,” she said. “There was no radio then except for a few ham radio operators, and the 1913 Flood is what triggered the legislation to create an emergency broadcast system.”…Trudy E. Bell-Author “The Great Dayton Flood of 1913”

Hilltop Business Men’s Association wants city to send boats……….Supplies will last until about

Back in Columbus, Herbert Akerman, pounding brass from his home shack is joined by the station from Ohio State University.  Unlike Akerman, the OSU students are not proficient in Morse Code.  To the North of Ohio, B.N. Burglund at the University of Michigan station was unaware of the flooding in Ohio until he intercepted a call from a operator in Freemont, Ohio who reported that the town was under water and that the Captain of the Port Townsend Life Saving Station had drowned while attempting a rescue.  The operator reported that all telegraph and telephone lines were down.  This call was followed by one from D. A. Nichols in Wapakpmeta, Ohio that his town was also cut off from the world.

Burglund put out a General Call to any station located in the flooded areas.  This call was responded to by operators in Mansfield, Springfield, and Mt. Vernon, as well as the OSU station in Columbus.

Burglund, assisted by engineering students George Norris, Worth Chatfield, and Mr. Watts (who had once been a commercial operator) began handling Health and Welfare traffic from the devasted area.

The Ohio State University station was now being manned by a capable operator, J. A. Mercer who pounded the key for more than 70 hours before he collapsed from exhaustion and was temporarily relieved by operators from the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Young Mr. Akerberg, the first Ham ever to use Amateur Radio in a disaster would go on to honorably serve with the men of the Army Signal Corp during World War I.

In 1923 he directed the building of Radio Station WPAL in Columbus.  Six years later he joined the start-up network CBS, where he built much of their network of radio and television stations.  Herbert Akerberg passed away in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 6, 1964

“Wireless has shown itself up so beautifully during this great crisis, that a bill is pending in the State Legislature of Ohio providing for a large central station or stations and each city to have a permanent local station, so in case of need all cities so isolated are in communication with the different central stations.  By all means let this bill pass.  This is a step in the right direction and it is a good example for other States to follow.”

“Wireless in the hands of the amateur, while it is used by some as a plaything, is capable of doing excellent service in time of need; and we hope the work done by these men who did all they could to maintain communication between the flood stricken cities and the rest of the world, will long be remembered.” B.N. Burglund –Modern Electrics, April 1913

Written March 26, 2013 by:

John Bigley-N7UR

President-Frontier Amateur Radio Society

Las Vegas, Nevada

Lanzamientos Cubesat planeados para abril


Abril 19 BAIKONUR Soyuz-2-1b

El Soyuz-2-1b desde la facilidad de lanzamiento Baikonur, en Kazakhstan en Abril 19, 2013 incluirá 3 misiones cubesat:

  • OSSI-1             145.980/437.525      CW/1200bps
  • SOMP              437.485                    1200, 9600bps BPSK
  • BEESAT-2/3     435.950                    4800bps GMSK
  • Bion-M1 Biological research satellites
  • AIST Measurement of the Earth’s geomagnetic field
  • Dove-2 Commercial technology demonstration mission



145.980 MHz CW, 437.525 MHz 1k2

OSSI-1, la Open Source Satellite Initiative satellite es un cubesat desarrollado por Hojun Song, DS1SBO. En adicion a la baliza de radio el OSS-1 tambien carga un LED de 44 watts como baliza optica para enviar Codigo Morse a los observadores en la Tierra.

El desarrollo del satelite a sido documentado en Open Source Satellite Initiative Blog  y en Open Source Satellite Initiative Wiki. Un video en YouTube a sido publicado.


Downlink en 437.485 MHz incluyendo CW, 1k2 y 9k6 BPSK, AX25 FSK, y AO40 standard 400bit/s BPSK

El “Student Oxygen Measurement Project (SOMP)” es un cubesat desarrollado por estudiantes del Technische Universität Dresden, de Alemania, organizados en la “Students’ Research Group for Spacecraft Engineering” en Dresden (STARD). SOMP será un CubeSat de tamaño estandar sencillo con un “payload side” y 5 lados con dos celdas solares en cada uno. AMSAT-UK publico información adicional.

BEESAT-2/3 (Berlin Experimental y Educational Satellite)

435.950 MHz, 4k8 GMSK (ambos satélites)

BEESAT-2 carga  experimentos tecnologicos usando giroscopios y sensores para la orientación precisa.

BEESat-3 pondrá a prueba conexiones de alta velocidad de datos (hasta a 1MB/s).

Estas misiones cubesat y las misiones cientificas/comerciales estan documentada en Mineo Wakita’s (JE9PEL) web page.

April 20 Lanzamiento KOUROU Vega

El primer CubeSat de Estonia, el ESTCube-1, su callsign es ES5E/S, esta planeado para lanzarse desde Kourou, French Guiana a las  02:06:31 UT, Abril 20, 2013 en un cohete ESA VEGA.

Construido por estudiantes en la “University of Tartu”, la misión del ESTCube-1 es para poner a prueba la tecnología eléctrica de velas del viento solar, una novel tecnología de propulsion que puede revolucionar la transportación a través del sistema solar. El desplegara una cuerda 10 metros electrodinámica y la fuerza conductora de la interacción con el amarre será medido.

El panel de Coordinación de las Frecuencias de Satélites Amateur de IARU publicó estas frecuencias para el ESTCube-1:

  • 437.250 MHz – baliza de CW, callsign ES5E/S
  • 437.505 MHz – 9600 bps AX.25 telemetria, callsign ES5E-11

Mas información y vídeo se publico por AMSAT-UK.

Abril 25 en CZ-2D desde el “China’s Jiuquan Space Center”

TAMSAT reporta el TURKSAT-3USAT, la primera misión de un nanosatélite de comunicaciones de la ITU, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turquía se espera el lanzamiento en mayo 2013 a bordo del cohete chino Chang Zheng-2D. También abordo de este lanzamiento estará el NEE  01 Pegaso 1U cubesat de Ecuador.

TURKSAT-3USAT es una unidad de 3 CubeSat desarrollado para proveer comunicaciones de SSB/CW en un “LEO” de 680 km. El volará un transpondedor lineal V/U desarrollado por TAMSAT, el “Turkish Amateur Satellite Technologies Organisation”.

  • Uplink center frequency 145.965 MHz
    • (145.940-145.990 MHz bandwidth)
    • Receive sensitivity -120 dBm
  • Downlink center frequency 435.225 MHz
    • (435.200-435.250 MHz bandwidth)
    • Output power 30 dBm (1W)
  • CW beacon on 437.225 MHz

Información adicional publicada por TAMSAT y por AMSAT-UK.

Día Mundial del Radioaficionado 2013

Logo IARUEL editor de noticias de IARU Region 2, Joaquín Solana, XE1R nos deja saber que:

El 18 de abril de 2013 se celebra el Día Mundial del Radioaficionado en el 88 aniversario de la fundación de la Unión Internacional de Radio Aficionado, IARU por sus siglas en inglés.

El tema de este año para el Día Mundial del Radioaficionado es “Radioafición: Iniciando su segundo siglo de comunicaciones en desastres”.

Diversas Sociedades Miembro de IARU y grupos relacionados con ellas, tendrán estaciones especiales en el aire.

México – La FMRE, con el auxilio del Grupo DXXE, activará un nuevo prefijo por primera vez: 4A8DMR. Esta estación estará activa del 18 al 21 de Abril 2013 en todas las bandas de 6 a 160 metros en todos los modos incluído EME y satélites de radioaficionado desde diferentes Grid Locators en México. QSL vía N7RO y LoTW. El log estará disponible en ClubLog.

Puerto Rico – Para hacer eco del tema de este año el Puerto Rico Field Day Group, miembro de ARRL, estará activo el desde la Agencia de Administración de Emergencias de la ciudad de Cataño, Puerto Rico. QSL vía QRZ.com así como también LoTW.

Si tu Sociedad Miembro de IARU estará activa para celebrar el Día Mundial del Radioaficionado por favor avísanos para actualizar esta lista.

Joaquín Solana XE1R
Editor de Noticias – IARU R2

Esperamos que apoyen las operaciones para esta actividad.

Clases para obtener Licencia de Radioaficionado

Talleres de Capacitación

Nuestro Amigo Joseph Renta nos dejo saber a través de Facebook que el próximo sábado 6 de abril 2013 estarán ofreciendo el Curso: Hacia la radioaficion con el propósito de obtener la licencia. Se estará ofreciendo en el salón Grupo de recuperación a largo plazo, GRAL, en el pueblo de Las Piedras esto queda al lado de la plaza publica de 8:30 am-12:00 del mediodía. El curso para todos los interesados es completamente GRATIS.

En tiempos de tormentas o desastres naturales lo único que funciona es la radio.

Aviso: Sesión de Exámenes



Por ser el último sábado del mes de marzo (marzo 30) Sábado de Gloria, la sesión de exámenes para este mes se  celebrará el sábado anterior 23 de marzo de 2013 a la misma hora y en el mismo lugar.

Nuestras excusas por cualquier inconveniente que este cambio pueda causar.

Universidad Interamericana
Recinto METRO
Salón #501 a las 8AM

Usted puede presentarse a examen “walk-in” a las 8AM ese día o puede reservar un asiento visitando AQUI.