by MIKE WATSON
A Blenheim amateur radio enthusiast is among a worldwide network of radio hams helping keep the airwaves clear for emergency messages coming out of Nepal following the earthquake.
Phillip Conza is among 80-100 radio hams around the world who have linked up to listen to messages being relayed out of Nepal by an amateur radio colleague, named Satish.
Cellphone and satellite phones are also being used to get information on the earthquake out of Nepal.
It is the first time Conza has been involved in an international disaster using his global radio links.
Because the radio signal from Nepal to his Blenheim house is weak he has connected to a Polish radio station by internet instead to hear any messages.
“The station is operating on high frequency signal and we are tuning in to help keep the signal clear from other users,” he said.
Information received from Nepal by the amateur radio hams is being passed to a central controller and on to embassies, when and if they need it.”
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