Radio amateurs have a unique relationship to the USGS, especially when it comes to earthquake reporting.

ARRL Pacific Section Manager Joseph Speroni (AH0A) has the story.

Accessed on 11 July 2020, 0332 UTC, Post 1530.

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Aloha all,

There is a lot going on in the Amateur Radio digital communications
arena.  Amateur Radio under the leadership of the ARRL LAX ARES group,
developed a real-time data processing system using Amateur Radio digital
message that captures information about earthquakes.  Working
cooperatively with the U.S. Geological Survey, the  sole science agency
in the Department of the Interior, hams developed use of Internet to
capture earthquake reports from individuals that quickly gives first
responders and others information about an affected area.  For more
information about the USGS follow this link to their web site.

Based on an Amateur Radio Winlink message template, data from ham
operators is delivered directly to the USGC database computer without
the need for human intervention.  It sounds complicated, and maybe the
served agency’s computer database and writing a template are, but the
reporting system only requires training on using Winlink, something
easily mastered.  The worldwide Winlink system now processes over 60,000
messages per month.  Over 30,000 hams already have a Winlink account.
It is not hard to use!

Hawaii ARES played a major role in the first USGS exercise, which is
recognized in Oliver Dully’s presentation to the 71 ARRL ARES sections
yesterday.  With only 22 hours advanced notice, Clem Jung (KH7HO) put
together Hawaii’s participation of about 18 Winlink operators, a
significant contribution to the project.  The Hawaii Amateurs even added
reporting for a real earthquake in the Fern Forest on the Big Island
that occurred soon after the simulated exercise. Check out Oliver’s
presentation PDF at

Oliver is an accomplished presenter and his commentary adds a lot to his
charts.  Here is a link to his talk to the ARRL EmComm group yesterday.

ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section (breaking Amateur/Ham Radio News)