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== HF Aeronautical ==
== HF Aeronautical ==
* Flights going to/coming from Haiti going over the Atlantic into the Caribbean often check in on the [[North Atlantic, Caribbean|MWARA]] network utilizing CAR-A  frequencies, often referred to as a ''family''.
* 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 ==
== Local Haiti Operations ==

Revision as of 10:13, 21 February 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 as needed.

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.

  * 5696
  * 8983
  * 11201


Callsigns: Service Center= US Customs National Law Enforcement Communications Center -- Technical Service Center and COTHEN Remote Transmitter, Orlando, FL.

CamsLant Chesapeake CamsPac Point Reyes

  * 5732.0
  * 5909.5
  * 6709.0
  * 7527.0
  * 8912.0
  * 10242.0
  * 11196.0
  * 11494.0
  * 12222.0
  * 13907.0
  * 14582.0
  * 15867.0
  * 18584.0
  * 20890.0
  * 20662.0
  * 23214.0
  * 25530.0

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 earthquake.

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 support.

  * 11205
  * 11436
  * 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.

7045 kHz 
3720 kHz

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)

3596.0 USB
7102.0 USB
10145.5 USB
14109.0 USB
18106.0 USB
21096.0 USB
24926.0 USB
28146.0 USB

HFL net (emcomm/voice/calling)

3791.0 USB
7185.5 USB
14346.0 USB
18117.5 USB
21437.5 USB
24932.0 USB
28312.5 USB

HF Aeronautical

  • 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:

124.5 Approach

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, is streaming SATERN traffic from NY. Current radio is TS-450 with a Cushcraft R-7.

Listen on the "/Special" Feed

EchoLink VOIP Stream:

teamspeak 2 ip no login needed.