The Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association (TIARA) and FMU organized an Emergency Communications Laboratory (EmComm Lab) event at TIARA’s regular meeting place in Meguro Ward. Extensive discussion and hands-on evaluation of equipment accompanied a presentation by FMU’s Dr. Ken Nollet, drawing on the expertise of TIARA members from around the world. As with Dr. Nollet’s 13 June 2014 presentation to TIARA, EmComm Lab was streamed online for members outside Japan, and annotated slides can be downloaded for personal scholarship and non-commercial educational activities within “fair use” copyright and other applicable laws. The notes associated with each slide concisely reconstruct what was said and done. Material has been added or edited for clarity and to accommodate a broader audience.
Click here for EmComm Lab Part 1: Ready, or Not?
Part 1 includes a review of Japanese Amateur Radio emergency frequencies and a hands-on evaluation of two portable high frequency (shortwave) antennas.
Click here for EmComm Lab Part 2: Veranda Shack
Part 2 introduces an outdoor equipment validation and proof-of-concept project that falls in between a tabletop exercise and a full-scale deployment.
Governments around the world recognize the Amateur Radio Service for its ability to promote international goodwill at all times, and to provide emergency communication when other channels are damaged or overloaded. TIARA, founded in 1972, is a forum for Amateur Radio operators of all nationalities who live in Tokyo or have a special interest in Japan.
November 28 EmComm Lab participants expressed their hopes for future programs. Bill Stenson (7J1AAB in Japan, NA2Y in America) was among the nominees to lead a future EmComm Lab. Otherwise known as William D. Stenson, founder of Forte, a science communications firm in Tokyo, Bill is active in the Hood River County Amateur Radio Emergency Service when he is stateside. In February, 2015, Bill Stenson will be in Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the All Hazards Incident Management Team, Communications Unit Leader Course (AHIMT COM UL). In the meantime, he recommends this reference from ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio in the United States: