Haiti Earthquake 2010
The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake centered approximately 10 miles (16 km) from Port-au-Prince, Haiti at 4:53:09 p.m. local time (21:53:09 UTC) on Tuesday 12 January 2010. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles (10.0 km). The United States Geological Survey recorded a series of aftershocks, ten of them above magnitude 5.0, including ones measuring 5.9 and 5.5.
This page will serve as a collection point for radio communications data related to the quake.
US Military and Coast Guard
US Coast Guard
The COTHEN network is active with US Coast Guard assets passing US Citizen injury reports and damage estimates for Haiti. All frequencies in USB and assets use ALE for call connections. 9025 (HF-GCS) has been noted with ALE traffic
MIAMI - Coast Guard officials in Miami have mobilized cutters and aircraft
to positions in close proximity to Haiti to render humanitarian assistance
Deployed to the area are:
.The crew of a C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air
Station Clearwater, Fla.
.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, a 210-foot reliance class
cutter homeported in Miami.
.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutters Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance
cutters homeported in Portsmouth, Va.
.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, a 270-foot medium endurance
cutter homeported in Portsmouth, N.H.
.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, a 270-foot medium endurance
cutter homeported in Key West, Fla.
Additional Coast Guard assets patrolling the area have been alerted of the
situation and stand by to render assistance as needed.
The Coast Guard is also using their standard HF frequencies for operations as well:
Callsigns: CamsLant/Camslant Chesapeake= Communications Master Station-Atlantic- Chesapeake Virginia
CamsPac/CamsPac Point Reyes-Communications Master Station-Pacific, Point Reyes, CA.
Callsigns: Service Center= US Customs National Law Enforcement Communications Center -- Technical Service Center and COTHEN Remote Transmitter, Orlando, FL.
CamsPac Point Reyes
USCG cutters and helos using SHARK callsign noted on 8337.6 on Jan 23rd
9018.0 USB is active with USAF REACH assets (Airlift Assets) coordinating their arrivals into Haiti.
8992.0 and 11175.0 are active with phone patches and general traffic on the USAF High Frequency Global Communications System
11159.0 USB is active as a McClellan AFB HFGCS Discrete with numerous phone patches for USAF REACH cargo assets heading to/from Port au Prince
6712.0 and 15010.0 USB very active with phone patches.
The US Navy is very active on 8971 with TIGER-01, FIDDLE, CARDFILE-02 and other assets coordinating P-3 radar communications and data links back to the US. Assume these taskings are to provide tactical data links for assets on scene.
Link 11 Coordination Net is active with BELL-45, PUFF-35, and has been heard on:
* 5.715.4 MHz
* 8.975.4 MHz
* 9.005.4 MHz
All communications have been in USB. In addition, data has been sent on 5.715.4 MHz.
US Army SOUTHCOM operations
MIAMI - U.S. Southern Command will deploy a team of 30 people to Haiti to
support U.S. relief efforts in the aftermath of yesterday's devastating
The team, which includes U.S. military engineers, operational planners, and
a command and control group and communication specialists, will arrive in
Haiti today on two C-130 Hercules aircraft. The team will work with U.S.
Embassy personnel as well as Haitian, United Nations and international
officials to assess the situation and facilitate follow on U.S. military
* 15025 (possibly)
11205.0 USB has been active working assets transitioning the area. Callsign SMASHER and SHARK-97, SHARK-98 and others.
US Dept of Homeland Security
US Customs and Border Protection has a P-3 AWACS Aircraft on station over Haiti providing air traffic control and other coordination duties. The aircraft on scene is N145CS presumably out of the Jacksonville CBP air branch. The P-3 is coordinating assets on 345.0 AM in addition to using the COTHEN network for HF communications.
CANFORCE Canadian Armed Forces
Canada is sending a reconnaissance team to Haiti to assess the needs from the major earthquake as government agencies and private citizens tried Wednesday to reach Canadians known to be in the devastated country.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said the reconnaissance team will provide guidance for the deployment of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team, or DART, a military quick-reaction force for humanitarian aid.
A C-17 transport plane and two Griffon-type search-and-rescue helicopters are standing by to help with relief efforts in Haiti following the destructive quake that hit Tuesday afternoon. It's not immediately clear when the aircraft will depart from Canada. "More equipment is to be deployed based on the needs assessment," Cannon said in Ottawa.
* 5717 - Halifax & Trenton Military
* 6706 - Halifax Military
* 9007 - Halifax & Trenton Military
* 11232 - Trenton Military
French Armed Forces
18012.0 USB is active with French Air Force assets transiting to/from Port au Prince.
Amateur Radio Operations
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK requested that the following frequencies be kept clear for emergency traffic related to the quake.
SATERN Nets are active on these frequencies:
14.265 MHz Primary Daytime.
7265 and 3977.7 KHz evening and night
The Maritime Mobile Service Network maintained its net and directly coordinated traffic in and out of the affected area. Phone patches were also arranged and moved off to nearby frequencies.
14300 kHz Primary
14313 kHz Phone Patches
The Global ALE High Frequency Network (HFN) is on alert and ready to communicate using the following frequencies:
HFN net (text/internet/sounding/calling)
HFL net (emcomm/voice/calling)
- Flights going to/coming from Haiti going over the Atlantic into the Caribbean often check in on the MWARA network utilizing CAR-A frequencies, often referred to as a family.
Local Haiti Operations
USCG Herc-20 passed the following info to USCG District 7 during a phone patch through DHS Service Center
127.0 VHF AM used for all UN Aircraft operating in the vicinity of Haiti
124.5 VHF AM is Port au Prince Temporary tower frequency
USCG Aircraft passed the following info on 1/15/2010:
118.3 Port Au Prince Tower
130.0 Port Au Prince Ground Control
Live Radio Communications Streams
RadioReference Live Audio Feeds related to the Haiti earthquake are located here:
In addition, W2LIE.net is streaming SATERN traffic from NY. Current radio is TS-450 with a Cushcraft R-7.
Listen on the "/Special" Feed
EchoLink VOIP Stream: http://live.wx5fwd.net/
teamspeak 2 ip 220.127.116.11 no login needed.