The call is out to 7.092 MHz USB that is being used for emergency communications following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Van region of Eastern Turkey with a great loss of life and hundreds of casualties.

Radio Amateurs from the Turkish IARU member TRAC are responding to assist with communications in the area after the quake hit on October 23 at 10.41 UTC. The death toll has been put at up to 1,000.

There are some frequencies in use on HF, currently used to link with Government resources and this is meaning that some frequencies outside the amateur bandplan and normal usage are being used until more equipment gets to the region.

When this happens, more traffic should move to the normal Emergency Communications Centre of Activity frequencies.

Please avoid causing QRM to emergency traffic on 7.092 MHz USB. USB is being used to allow communications with a government station.

More information will be posted on this website when it is available from TRAC.

IARU Region 1

http://www.iaru-r1.org/

Source: Jim Linton, VK3PC IARU R3