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Friday, October 14, 2005

JOTA Weekend

This weekend is JOTA weekend, (Jamboree on the Air) where Scouts from around the world communicate with each other with Amateur Radio and over the Internet.

I will be busy with Scouts from Deans District and in particular Holmes Park Scout Group, operating from the Holmes Park Scout Hall. We should be active on UHF, VHF, HF, ATV, APRS and JOTI during the weekend, so look forward to hearing from anyone else that is going to be participating.

Contact us at HolmesPark @

Our Shaky Isles

Over the past few days there have been a number of small Earthquakes around the South Island, a few in North Canterbury and on the West Coast. This morning at about 07.11 there was one that rated 5.1 on the Richter scale around 30 km north-west of Hawarden.

Again, are we ready for the big one?

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Mobile homes, campers wait at FEMA sites

More than 9,000 mobile homes and campers meant for the victims of Hurricane Katrina are sitting unused at government staging areas while displaced families continue to live out of tents and shelters.

Computer Simulations Might Predict Future Earthquakes

Scientists in California are working on an earthquake computer simulation that may help predict devastating earthquakes such as the one in South Asia, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

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NZ First wants govt to send USAR teams

The New Zealand First Party is calling on Helen Clark to send urban search and rescue teams to Pakistan.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Davinci Code

I am now reading the Davinci Code by Dan Brown. I have read Digital Fortress in the past and thouroughly enjoyed it. The anticipation and expectation of this best seller is great.

Rescuers and Aid continue to flow into Quake area

NZ offered rescue teams for Katrina, but offers from NZ for the Quake seem to be absent at this stage, when time is of the essence (or maybe its too late already).

Monday, October 10, 2005

Pandemic Category to be added to Yellow Pages CD Info

Over the next 12 months a Pandemic category will be added to the Civil Defence Info at the back of the Yellow Pages. Timing of the announcment is during hightend states of preparedness for Bird Flu, and also coincides with Disaster Reduction Week.

Disaster Reduction Week - We could be next

NZ Disaster Reduction Week starts just after Quake in Pakistan causes massive devastation. Are we ready as a country, are you and your family ready?