Russian TV Channel - 2006 War Coverage



People look at it as a strange hobby until a war or a disaster occurs. When the whole country is cut from the rest of the world their strange hobby may become the only mean of communication.  

 CQ twenty meters! This is Oscar Delta Five Tango Echo! 

It means Lebanon is on the air. When Israeli missiles bombarded Lebanon, the whole radio amateurs’ world waited for these calls. During the bombings, main communication assets failed in lots of areas. Amateur Radio Operators were available for support and capable of operating under the most extreme circumstances. Numerous messages were relayed varying from welfare to urgent messages. 

Once the country was attacked, an emergency net was activated and manned for the duration of the war with the support of the fellows Amateur Radio Operators around the Globe. Situation became so dangerous as communication towers were a main target for missiles. Some hams were forced to bring their towers and antennas down and operate through alternative antennas such as simple wire antennas.   

George and Maria did not leave their radio shack during the 33 days of bombing. They say it’s very convenient when there are two radio amateurs in the family: “you can always find a substitute at the microphone.” Says George – OD5QB 

“This is very good. Everybody realizes, what means to be a radio amateur, especially now. Our son is much interested in this. I believe he will become a radio amateur. And I will help him to succeed in that.” Says George – OD5QB 

Radio Amateurs, aka Hams from all around the world helped Lebanese Hams in passing and delivering messages worldwide.  

“This is the spirit of amateur radio. We are always ready to help each other, especially in such emergency situation. When all communication means fail, Amateur radio the solution.” Sayd Maria – OD5QT

A whole month there was no bombing in Lebanon and even now it is hard to make a phone call to Russia, because connection is too bad. But you can easily speak to Russia at any time with the help of amateur radio station. And everybody who will listen to you certainly asks, if you need any help. And everybody will transmit “7” and “3” that means “best wishes” among radioamateurs.

“Yes, Vasilly, thank you very much. Good bye and 73 .“ That’s it. They can hear us in Russia. 

Kirill Polinin – UA6CT, Denis Alekseyev, Channel One, Russia.

Translated by : OD5TE , Hani  - Sept 2006


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