From: Nalaka Gunawardene, TVE Asia Pacific <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [communicating-disaster] Who's Afraid of Amateur Radio? Tsunami's
heroic technology has few backers in Sri Lanka
Here's wishing you a safe, productive and fulfilling 2010!
On the last day of the old year, my latest op ed essay was published online:
Who's Afraid of Amateur Radio? Tsunami's heroic technology has few backers
in Sri Lanka
Five years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami,
amateur radio helped revive emergency communications with some of the worst
affected locations. The decades old practice was hailed as the 'low tech'
miracle that literally helped save lives. Where electricity and telephone
services both fixed and mobile had been knocked down, amateur radio
enthusiasts (or 'radio hams') restored the first communication links.
Notwithstanding their celebrated role after the tsunami, radio hams have
been sidelined in Sri Lanka. Their very hobby is being frowned upon by the
state on the grounds of…national security. Looking back, it seems like the
public-spirited radio hams were given their 15 minutes of fame and then
soundly ignored. Worse, the short-lived prominence may have attracted new
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