Europe’s largest amateur radio fair opens from the 24th to the 26th. June in Friedrichshafen their doors – Notfunk Bodensee and DARC e.V. roll out new concept – Airbus in Immenstaad donates emergency vehicle
Friedrichshafen – The German Amateur Radio Club (DARC) with its approximately 35,000 members is currently planning a nationwide network of emergency locations. The first project celebrates its premiere on Lake Constance with a base in Markdorf and a fully equipped vehicle for emergency communication. To the 45th International amateur radio exhibition at the exhibition center in Friedrichshafen, the DARC presents its concept for nationwide support in emergencies and disasters together with Notfunk Bodensee at the Ham Radio press conference on Friday, 24. June.
The recent flood in the Ahr Valley has shown that disasters can happen unplanned and anywhere. If electricity and communication networks fail, it will get dark for both the population and the emergency services. Even before the flood disaster, there were already situations such as the avalanche accident in Galtür in 1999, which made it clear that natural events represent an immediate dangerous situation. At that time, radio amateurs on site built up communication and thus enabled rescue operations in an area cut off from the outside world. Since then, there has been much further networking in Austria and Switzerland; we in Germany are now following suit,” says Robert Traussnig, Chairman of the DARC local group Friedrichshafen, with around 80 members.
In the future, the well-connected radio amateurs will be able to support the population in such situations. The basis for this is the cooperation between DARC e.V. and the local supporters on Lake Constance. “For this purpose, we founded the small association Notfunk Bodensee specifically,” explains Robert Traussnig. Together with the DARC friends from the districts of Ravensburg and Lindau, we will now expand this initiative on site so that we have a real regional emergency radio group and the necessary team strength together.
Before the future location in the Markdorf industrial area is the new pride of amateur radio friends from the lake: There is also a Ford F550 “Super Duty”, a massive pick-up with V8 diesel engine, space for six people and a perfectly equipped wireless shelter. The emergency vehicle was donated by the company Airbus Defence & Space in Immenstaad. Robert Traussnig heads the quality assurance for earth observation satellites there – and another group of enthusiastic radio operators: “We are a team at Airbus that deals full-time with satellite communication and is dedicated to amateur radio as a hobby. A lot of know-how comes together.” The expansion took place on our own: “We invested many thousands of hours of work and our own money. I also walked around a lot with my hat; the satellite dish was given to us by the manufacturer ND SatCom in Immenstaad. The Intimus company from Markdorf provides us with accommodation for crumbs. The fact that they christened their all-wheel drive monster with 7.5 tons and 340 hp “crumbs” is shown by the good mood with which the radio amateurs approach their project. Some of the inner workings of the radio cabin with two workstations come from disbanded Airbus laboratories where they were allowed to operate, others from their own stocks or acquisitions. With the all-terrain vehicle, the crew of Notfunk Bodensee is able to be on site in the shortest possible time, to build a nationwide communication infrastructure with WLAN via satellites, from Pfänder to Sipplingen on the western shores of Lake Constance, and an emergency power supply with 12, 24 and 230 volts, powered by batteries and in an emergency via motor and At amateur radio competitions, they have already practiced in the event of a disaster.
The vehicle will be officially handed over at the press conference at Ham Radio on the 24th. June. Oliver Schlag, consultant for emergency and disaster radio at the DARC, will also present the new national DARC emergency concept, for which Notfunk Bodensee is committed on site. The DARC stand will also include the prototype of the emergency radio trailer, which will be available in every federal state in the future. The self-built, battery-powered trailer equipped with a solar panel will then be able to provide communication for several localities, such as via the Internet, in the event of a disaster.
Finally, after a two-year break, radio amateurs from all over the world can meet again. We are really looking forward to Ham Radio. With our emergency vehicle, we can present something very special to amateur radio friends at the fair,” says Robert Traussnig enthusiastically.
Ham Radio will take place from Friday, 24th to Sunday, 26th. June 2022 in Friedrichshafen and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Further information can be found at www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de.