April 17, 2024

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Unseen lifeline: Exploring the wonders of amateur radio (Kuala Lumpur)

In today’s digitally driven world where instant communication is often taken for granted, a powerful yet overlooked tool remains ready to serve in times of crisis: Amateur radio.

While smartphones have revolutionised communications, they are not infallible, and their limitations become strikingly apparent during emergencies. When batteries drain, power fades, and signals weaken, a humble radio emerges as a beacon of communication and community support.

Imagine this scenario: your smartphone is out of power, the electrical grid is down, and there is no cellular signal. Desperation sets in as you try to reach authorities for help. Enter amateur radio, a versatile communication medium that thrives under these adverse conditions.

Amateur radio operators (also known as “hams”) step up to provide a crucial communications lifeline. They can connect over open frequencies to share vital information, coordinate rescue efforts, and maintain a lifeline when all other forms of communication fail.

Unlike a phone call that connects one person at a time, amateur radio enables simultaneous communication among multiple parties. This feature ensures efficient dissemination of information, allowing for collaborative problem-solving and swift response coordination. Think of it as a virtual town square, where individuals gather to share news, strategise, and provide assistance.

Hamdan Hj Abu is one of the local hams who has delved into the world of amateur radio since the 80s. He spoke to Malay Mail before the Amateur Radio Exhibition and Demonstration event taking place tomorrow at Bagan Lalang Beach in conjunction with the Beach Festival.

Read more – Malaymail: https://bit.ly/3QQSatM