PI53RTD is one of the
12 PI53-stations active in the weekend of Feb 1-2, 2003 to remember the
help of radioamateurs by the greatest flood-disaster, occured in the
southwestern part of the Netherlands 50 years ago on February
From that day 1835 people and ten thousands of animals where perished
in the sea. 200.000 Acres of land flooded and 4500 buildings were
destroyed. An emergency communications radio network was established by
the Dutch radioamateurs with their often home built radio-equipment.
During 10 days, since the first hours of the disaster, this
emergency communications radio network was on the air non stop on
"channel 3700 (kHz)" and provided communication with all the disaster
area's, and saved lot's of human lives.
PI53RTD is operating from the historical museum Jan-Anne Beijerinck
just a couple of kilometers to the east of Rotterdam in one of the
area's hit by the high waterlevels. The steam pumpingstation, build in
1869, is the only one left of it's kind in Holland. It's still fully
funtional running on electric power, but more modern and powerfull
units, a couple of kilometers away took over the work. The museum is
open every saturday afternoon.
For more detailed information
about all the PI53-stations please take a look at the website: