Ham Disaster

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lanka’s radio amateurs are still struggling to clear emergency communications sets sent almost one year ago, despite the intervention of the country’s newly elected President. On the eve of the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lanka’s radio amateurs are still struggling to clear emergency communications sets sent almost one year ago, despite the intervention of the country’s newly elected President. “The ten handheld VHF transceivers were couriered to Colombo from Japan, on January 06th last year,” says Victor Goonetilleke, President of the Radio Society of Sri Lanka (RSSL), which represents the country’s amateur radio community.

“We were not able to clear them for nearly a year.”

But the RSSL is hopeful of clearing the equipment after the President of the country came to their aid.

The VHF handheld communications sets were donated to the Sri Lankan radio amateurs (ham radio operators), by the Japanese manufacturer ICOM, on the recommendation of the Japanese Amateur Radio League, soon after the December 26th tsunami.

But Sri Lanka’s defense establishment, which is paranoid about what is grandly headlined in the local media as ‘high powere