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Amateur radio operators answer call for assistance

    * Published: 24/10/2010 at 12:00 AM
    * Newspaper section: News

Amateur radio operators in the flood-stricken areas of Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum are helping authorities coordinate rescue and relief efforts.

The Nakhon Ratchasima Amateur Radio Association has set up a coordinating centre using the call sign HS3AN. The station, located at the provincial hall, has been working closely with government agencies, relaying details about the emergency situation and explaining problems to officials and relief workers so appropriate action can be promptly taken.

Association president Charnchai Siriamornpan, who uses the call sign HS4XU, said amateur radio operators had also pitched in to help soldiers, volunteers and foundation workers get food to flood victims and ferry pregnant mothers to hospital.

Under the guidance of the National Disaster Warning Centre, the association has also been coordinating relief work with other amateur radio centres in Khao Yai, Phimai district in Nakhon Ratchasima and neighbouring Chaiyaphum to provide information on road conditions and other matters to travellers.

Licensed amateur radio users are allowed to communicate with one another using VHF and HF (short wave) radio communications. They often operate in areas mobile phone signals can't reach. There are over 100,000 operators in Thailand.

Association deputy president Prasit Thongjunteuk who owns 10 rai of rice fields that have been destroyed by flood waters, said he had resigned himself to the loss. But he said he was continuing to man the microphone to help with communications around Nakhon Ratchasima.

Mr Charnchai said the work was voluntary and the amateur radio operators were using their own funds and resources. Emergency funds were also being provided by the association's committee.

Mr Charnchai thanked 100 Watts magazine and the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the royal patronage of His Majesty the King for their support.

This article was published in Bangkok Post - 24.10.2010

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Re: Amateur Radio Operators are helping flood victims to coordinate help
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 10:30:12 PM »
Well done by Champ, E21EIC and 4x4 Club!!
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