Women hams ride the radio wave in India

In December 2004, Delhi resident Bharathi Prasad set off with 15 men and women to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, bearing an assortment of antennas, plugs, wires, transformers and other equipment to set up portable amateur radio stations.

For 25 days, while most of the others in her group roamed the islands or later returned home, Prasad sat in her hotel room with her headphones and console, working up to 18 hours each day. The entire group made 35,500 contacts across the world during that period.

Then on December 26, an earthquake in Indonesia triggered a tsunami.

 

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