Pakistan hams appeal for help
Hardship continues after the devastating floods in Pakistan that have claimed 1,700 lives and left 14 million people homeless. The Pakistan Amateur Radio Society (PARS) reports that both mobile and landline phone services are cut and could take months to restore.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
PARS, in association with Islamabad Jeep Club (IJC) and Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) has started disaster relief activities. This includes providing food, tents and medical support to the northern flood effected areas of Nowshera, Charsadda and central Sargodha districts. The Indus River swollen by intense summer monsoon rainfall this month has wreaked havoc as it flowed across Pakistan.
In response to the communications failure PARS and the Islamabad Jeep Club have set up two teams to provide links with affected areas. PARS has a 2-meter repeater in place providing a weak signal into affected areas enabling some use of hand-held radios. PARS has asked the international amateur radio community for help has stated it needs:
Three 144-430MHz cross band repeaters, hi-gain dual band antennas, power supplies, 100 foot lengths of coaxial cable with connectors, and 2-metre handheld transceivers.
Inquiries about this matter should be directed to the PARS President, Nasir Khan AP2NK firstname.lastname@example.org with full information on the website www.pakhams.com or by clicking the following Link
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